Caleb's Pitch is a grand slam at Children's Hospital
By Newsdesk KRCG
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:53:07 GMT — A new program called Caleb's Pitch launched Wednesday morning at the University of Missouri Health Care??s Children??s Hospital when five MU athletes visited."The mission of Caleb??s Pitch is to get college athletes involved in providing positive, fun experiences to children in the hospital through activities and games," said Angie Ball, child-life coordinator at MU Children??s Hospital. "It??s a way for our pediatric and adolescent patients to interact with our local athletes in a way that is fun and makes the kids?? hospital stay less clinical."Caleb??s Pitch Inc. was founded by Tim Jacobbe, a faculty member at the University of Florida, to honor the memory of his nephew, Caleb Jacobbe. Eight-year-old Caleb passed away from cancer in 2006, but he was able to fulfill a dream by visiting with the Boston Red Sox and throwing out the first pitch of a baseball game just weeks before his death. This experience, and what it meant to his nephew and his family, prompted Jacobbe to found Caleb??s Pitch.For now, Ball??s team is working with the MU Athletic Department to bring five athletes to Children??s Hospital each month for a one-hour session of syringe art painting. Because the MU Children??s Hospital is the first hospital outside of Florida to adopt the program, Jacobbe was also on hand Wednesday for this kick-off event."We are excited to start this program outside of Florida with our hospital," said Ball. "And I am looking forward to helping make this a success!"
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