Published July 2, 2009
Braves pitcher Mike Gonzalez is the inspiration behind Gonzo’s G-Unit. Courtney Gay, the team’s community affairs manager, arranged the visit for more than 30 campers.
Jim Alden, a board member of Catholic Charities Atlanta, had always wanted to organize this outing for the children as part of the agency’s family enrichment program.
“Ms. Gay did a fabulous job of making our kids feel welcome, and she treated them to a wonderful experience,” he said.
Chaperones included Joseph Krygiel, Catholic Charities’ chief executive officer, Lina Rodriguez, director of the family enrichment program, and Jutta Hansen, public relations and marketing manager for Catholic Charities Atlanta.
The children got to meet Gonzalez and other Braves players, including infielder Diory Hernandez and pitcher Jair Jurrjens. With seats just behind the dugout, the campers had the opportunity to have their hats signed and also talk a bit with the players.
“Catholic Charities’ summer camp is attended by mostly immigrant and refugee children in first to third grade. They also receive tutoring during the school year. This Braves outing was a great chance for them to interact with role models and athletes,” Rodriguez said.
Information on Catholic Charities or the Catholic Charities’ summer camp program is available at www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org or (404) 881-6571.