For the 4th year in a row, Johnny TinCap will visit Byron Health Center to welcome in both springtime and the impending baseball season. Johnny will spend time with both residents and staff starting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5th. Johnny takes the time to visit with each resident individually and usually poses for photographs and even signs autographs as he fires up the baseball fans at Byron Health Center.
Johnny hails from Fort Wayne and joined the TinCaps in April of 2009 to help jumpstart the move to downtown Parkview Field. Since arriving at Parkview Field, Johnny has shown that he has extensive experience entertaining large crowds. Whether it is helping with different on-field promotions or dancing with his friend Breakin’ B-Boy McCoy, Johnny loves to put smiles on the faces of everyone who comes through the gates of Parkview Field. In addition to his work during TinCaps games, Johnny takes pride in being the face of the Fort Wayne baseball franchise. In his time with the TinCaps, Johnny has ventured all over Northeast Indiana, Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan, spreading his excitement for TinCaps baseball. Johnny’s interests include but aren’t limited to: TinCaps baseball, apples, birthday parties, planting apple trees in the grass at Parkview Field, parades and Arbor Day. Johnny’s short list of dislikes include loggers, worms and the off-season.
Johnny’s visit to Byron Health Center usually signifies more than just the return of TinCaps’ baseball to Parkview Field. His visit is also the preamble to springtime and warmer weather as reflected in next week’s forecast. Byron Health Center residents will again attend TinCaps regular-season games in the 2016 season as part of the TinCaps’ Community, Activity, Recreation and Education (C.A.R.E.) Program. The C.A.R.E. program provides an opportunity to attend a TinCaps baseball game to those in the Fort Wayne Community that otherwise would not be able to do so by issuing free tickets. Presently, the C.A.R.E. program is the only way to obtain a free ticket to a TinCaps game.
“We are so grateful for the TinCaps and the C.A.R.E. program. Our residents just can’t wait to get back to Parkview Field and enjoy a TinCaps game,” said Byron Health Center Director of Life Enrichment Nichole Miller. “And Johnny TinCap’s springtime visit lets our residents know that the baseball season will soon be here.”
Byron Health Center provides compassionate long-term care for adults with complex needs including physical, mental, emotional and neurological services. Each resident is recognized as an individual who seeks and deserves to reach his or her optimal potential. Byron Health Center and Miller’s Place continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents. Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Miller’s Place provides assisted living services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.