During the monthly seniors' breakfast meeting on March 6, held at the Lehi Community Center, the seniors walked into the building expecting their usual breakfast and updates about upcoming events. But instead, they were surprised to meet some special guests: two Colorado Rockies baseball players, No. 16, Lars Davis, and No. 70, Parker Frazier.
Before the seniors were served breakfast, Salt River Physical Fitness Specialist Dion Begay gave a presentation on fitness and exercise, with the help of the two Rockies players demonstrating stretches and coordination exercises.
“We value our relationship with everyone here at the Salt River Indian Community,” said Jay Alves, vice-president of communications for the Colorado Rockies. “And we want to thank you for having us here in the Community.”
As part of the event, the seniors could visit two stations that were set up: one was an autograph station and the other was a photo station. Everyone was running around as the two players rotated between the stations, laughing with the seniors and having a good time. Many seniors had photos, baseballs and Rockies shirts signed by the two players. Senior Ramona Loring made it a point to go up to each player and wish them well during their time in spring training.
After the players left, the meeting continued with updates on Community events, advisory meetings and Arizona Indian Council on Aging updates, recreational activities and other program updates for the seniors.