Dorothy’s Big PitchSeptember 21, 2015 | Canyon Creek
Canyon Creek in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, arranged for resident Dorothy Beckstrand (an avid baseball fan), to throw the first pitch at a Salt Lake Bee’s Game.
Leading up to the event was a lot of fun. The day before the game, Canyon Creek arranged for the Bee’s mascot, “Bumble,” to join everyone at Canyon Creek and get the residents excited about Dorothy’s big day. Canyon Creek also provided the residents with an opportunity to attend the game and cheer her on. Meanwhile, her family purchased her a baseball jersey, helped her practice her pitch and arranged for family to join everyone in support.
After arriving at the baseball field, Dorothy headed to the lobby of the main office where she was joined by about forty of her family members; they weren’t kidding when they said there would be “a lot” of family supporting her! Later, the director of game operations announced to the group that not only was Dorothy the oldest (94) individual to throw out the first pitch, this was also the largest showing of family support.
Dorothy prepared for her big moment and people were running up to introduce themselves to her, taking photos with her and yelling from the stands to let her know that they were there to support her. Meanwhile, a group of residents and staff from Canyon Creek sat in the stands, holding up signs reading, “Beckstrand’s #1 Fans.” Dorothy was on the mound. Featured on the Jumbotron, Dorothy threw the ball with all her might and although it didn’t quite make it to the mound, it was straight and didn’t fall right in front of her ... these were major concerns she had.
For the remainder of the game, people continued to stop by and praise her. The next day,Dorothy stated that the night before was, “one of the best moments of her life.”
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