David Wright

Bowling with the stars for CHKD

January 11th, 2012 at 6:38 pm by under News, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

**UPDATE** Michelle Thrift, from Circle of The Bridge, emailed me on January 18 to say they raised $5,700!

I had a great time bowling at  AMF Lynnhaven Lanes in Virginia Beach Saturday.

Our team was made up of WAVY & Fox 43′s Liz Palka and Stephanie Harris, Liz’s boyfriend Mike and Stephanie’s sons.  The other local t.v. stations had teams, too and we all had a great time interacting with each other and folks who came out to support the cause.

I hadn’t been bowling in a few years and my skills certainly didn’t get better during that stretch.

Chesapeake native and New York Mets star David Wright was the main attraction (for many reasons). ;-)

He is a huge supporter of Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk.  He has donated a lot of money and equipment for the kids who spend time there for medical treatment.  This bowling event was organized by  the “Circle in the Bridge” of The King’s Daughters.

Circle In The Bridge (from their Facebook page)

They are career women who raise money and awareness for CHKD. The group is made up of the most caring folks. The smiles on their faces and willingness to help was really evident. They had a silent auction and sold raffle tickets to help raise money. I have seen first hand how CHKD helps local sick children and their families.

Nijel hanging out with Alvin from The Chipmunks

A dear family friend named Nijel was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010. Doctors successfully removed most of it and treated Nijel for a few months and when I visited him, his spirits were good and he received great care and attention. I spent time with him in the play room on his hospital wing. The toys, games, and electronics were amazing. I made sure I told David Wright about it when I met him. Folks were tugging on him for pictures and to chat (and he was actually bowling, too) but he made time for all of us with a gracious smile.    That’s what I’m talking about! ;-)

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” — John Cassis


Living the dream

July 15th, 2009 at 3:19 pm by under Sports

What a sight in St. Louis. Three home grown Hampton Roads baseball stars playing for the National League in the All-Star game. It was a moment easy to dream, but hard to imagine. Sure we know that David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman and Justin Upton are talented and great players, but  seeing them play in the summer classic was amazing.

Young baseball players across Hampton Roads had their big league dreams stoked last night each time they saw Upton, Zimmerman and Wright come to the plate. You can’t blame a kid for thinking that if they can do it, so can I. Upton, Wright and Zimmerman had the same dreams when they were cutting their teeth on local dirt infields. They payed their dues. They put in the countless hours and look where it led them. Honored as All-Stars. Seventy-two players make up both the American and National league rosters. Wright, Zimmerman and Upton found their spot with the sports elites.

Add the efforts of Michael Cuddyer and BJ Upton to the list and it’s hard not to think that these are the banner days for local baseball. And how do you think having these young stars in the spotlight will ripple down to young players here following in their footsteps?

Just ask David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman and Justin Upton and I’m sure they will tell you, “The dream is alive!”