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White Plains' Berkley College, Mets Help Children of Fallen Soldiers

Mets pitcher David Aardsma talks to young fans at Citi Field.
Mets pitcher David Aardsma talks to young fans at Citi Field. Photo Credit: Courtesy Berkley College

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-- Berkley College in White Plains, Modell’s Sporting Goods and Snowball Express, an organization dedicated to creating happy memories for the children of fallen U.S. troops, helped more than 20 military families go behind the scenes of Citi Field and Yankee Stadium recently.

The event at Citi Field included a meet-and-greet with Mets and Phillies players, as well as tickets to watch the game from “The Mo’s Zone” section of right field. The Yankee Stadium event featured a tour of Monument Park with former Yankee Jim Leyritz and tickets to watch the game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Berkeley College is proud to be part of this event, which gives back to our student veterans and the families of fallen service members,” Richard E. Robitaille,  Berkeley College assistant vice president, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, said in a statement. “These families have been through so much and have a long journey ahead of them. Seeing these children smile makes it worthwhile.”

Jason Araghi, event coordinator for Snowball Express, said  events like this provide children of fallen soldiers the chance to create new memories as well as provide others the chance to recognize and appreciate the sacrifice made by their loved ones.

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