Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Delaware Experience

Saturday Bill and I went with friends to the 53rd Annual Blue-Gold All-Star Game in Newark at Delaware Stadium. We left at 3:00 p.m. and returned home about 1:00 a.m. (These old bones are not often awake at that hour these days.) My friend Robin was born and raised in Delaware but has never attended the game. She said that we are truly fitting in because the game has always been a big activity in the State. The game itself is the culmination of months of activities involving high school all-stars and "Delawareans with intellectual disabilities." The all-stars are matched with "buddies" several months in advance of the game and they then spend that time getting to know one another.

To tell you just how big this activity is you can see with the above photo the Governor of Delaware, Ruth Ann Minner being introduced. She is followed by Lt. Governor John Carney, U.S. Senator Tom Carper and U.S. Representative Mike Castle. I am sure that U.S. Senator Joe Biden would have been there if he had not been appearing Sunday morning on Meet the Press. There were other dignitaries but with all of the introductions and festivities it was hard to keep track.

All-Star Band

Delaware Shining Stars and All-Stars, Special Needs Cheerleaders

All-Stars and "Buddies" Meeting at Center Field

In addition to the All-Star football players, there were All-Star cheerleaders, an All-Star band, Blue-Gold Ambassadors and, of course, the buddies and their All-Star groups. All of the All-Star seniors were recognized. The most inspiring moments came following all of the introductions and presentations. That was when all of the buddies came onto to field and joined their "All-Star."

The game was excellent. The half-time was good. The weather was almost perfect. It was all topped off with fireworks.

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