FLORENCE, KY – The Florence Y’alls Professional Baseball Club, presented by Towne Properties, are doing all they can to raise the community’s spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic, including having their coaching staff and players pen-pal letters to area senior nursing centers.
Beginning Tuesday, March 24, an emailed letter written by one of the Y’alls players or coaches will go out to over 20 area senior nursing centers in what the Y’alls are calling ‘Y’alls Pen-Pals. One letter will be sent per day for the current 40 man roster plus coaching staff.
“We know one of the hardest hit demographics are those living in senior nursing homes,” Y’alls Vice President and General Manager Josh Anderson said. “I have a grandmother and grandfather who are quarantined to their rooms in fear of COVID-19 spreading, and isolation and a general loneliness is a real concern I know they have. So we brainstormed what we could do as an organization to bring those in our area a little joy and companionship during a time like this.”
Inside the Y’alls pen-pal emails, seniors are getting to learn about the journey our players have taken to make it into professional baseball, some of the hobbies they involve themselves in when they’re not playing baseball, who their favorite baseball player was growing up and a wide variety of other topics.
One day in, and the impact is already being felt by the centers receiving the letters.
“Our residents at Boonespring were so excited to get their first letter that was sent today,” Jo Lewton, a Boonesprings Nursing Home Administrator said. “This is fantastic that they are being sent via email to eliminate any concern noted by coming in the mail or in the building. Thank you to the Y’alls for thinking of us and many other facilities in the area.”
Residents that are able are being encouraged to email the Y’alls players and coaches a letter of their own. Those in the community that would like to participate are also encouraged to submit their own Pen-Pal letter that the Y’alls can forward on. Email letter to the Y’alls at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to Y’alls Pen-Pals, the Y’alls have set up Y’alls Gym Class, a baseball drill video led by Y’alls players for kids to following along with at home. There is also Y’alls Homeschool University, with education contests kids can participate with at home and submit their work via social media to win Y’alls tickets.
Opening day for the Y’alls is slated for Thursday, May 14 at UC Health Stadium. The Y’alls offer professional minor league fun at affordable, family friendly prices, and as always FREE PARKING! Follow the Y’alls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to join in on the current online fun.