Kyle's Kamp will make every effort to connect your team with a child from your area to represent the childhood cancer community. This will be one of the most memorable experiences for your team.The main idea behind providing the patient ambassadors is to honor these children, make them feel special and to put a face on the fight against pediatric cancer for your players and fans. In our first season, teams did a wonderful job of being sure the patient ambassadors were graciously welcomed. Ambassadors were introduced by the game announcers, were able to throw out the first pitch and spent time getting to know players and coaches.. Some kids were welcomed into the dugout to stay for the game. Others might feel more comfortable staying for just a portion of the game. Teams are encouraged to present their ambassador with something special like flowers, a signed ball or baseball hat or other small token to thank them for attending.
In order to ensure the comfort of our patient ambassadors it is necessary that each team designate an adult (parent or coach) to be a team liaison for the patient ambassador. Kyle's Kamp will help connect this liaison to the patient's parents to discuss how involved the patient wants to be during the game, arrival time and information regarding the game night activities. This liaison should be sure to be available to the patient ambassador and his/her family throughout the game.
"We’re playing & trying to win a “game.” Our coaching staff wants to win, our players want to win, our families want us to win. However, it’s relatively remarkable how every single player, parent, & coach garner a better perspective on the game of baseball & moreover, a better perspective on life once they experience a Kyles’s Kamp Game. We strive to uplift our assigned Ambassador, but it’s the impact the Ambassador has on our collective program that makes the Kyle Kamp experience exceptionally special. I have coaches & players who still text or tweet at our Ambassador(s) from previous years. Being afforded the opportunity to host a Diamond Dreams Game is the easiest tactical decision a coach has to make.” - Mark Wrighte, Varsity Head Coach, Freedom High School