To kick off a new season and provide another way of developing a relationship with the community, the Hartford Yard Goats has partnered with Saint Francis Hospital to provide newborn babies with Yard Goats’ onesies, the team and the hospital announced Monday.
Babies born at Saint Francis will receive a onesie from the minor league baseball team, but families will also have the chance to be entered in a monthly drawing to win a prize pack that would include Yard Goats toys and the opportunity to show off their child on the Dunkin’ Donuts Park video board during a game.
“We often say we’re in the business of putting smiles on peoples faces,” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said. “For us to be able to highlight newborns and show off they’re wearing a Yard Goats onesie on Connecticut’s largest video board, for the parents and family members, it’s just a great experience and a great opportunity. That’s just what we do, for us, it’s just another great moment they get to experience at the ballpark.”
The partnership is meant to help bring more fans into the stadium and allow the community to “really appreciate the game and the ballpark,” meanwhile starting the “fanbase at the earliest level,” Restall added.
Thomas Burke, the president of Saint Francis Hospital, agreed, saying that the organization and hospital share “a common goal to serve the Greater Hartford community.”
“We are thrilled that this collaboration will bring even more joy to our Saint Francis parents and babies,” Burke said.
The hospital delivers around 2,500 babies each year.
The partnership is just one of the community relationships the Yard Goats has established. Restall said the team has also worked with community programs, including Hartford’s Camp Courant, which is the largest free summer camp nationwide that provides transportation, health and social work services, meals and recreational and educational activities to over 1,000 students, and the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club.
“We’re often working with the youth and helping them build their confidence up while we have a great time at the ballpark,” Restall said.
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