Grand Slam Challenge hits a home run at Ontario Shores

September 04, 2012
Baseball dayTaking part in the ceremonial first pitch at the Grand Slam Challenge are (from left) Rob Adams, Executive Director, Durham Mental Health Services; Sheila Neuburger. Executive Vice President, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; Olympian Emily Batty and Durham Regional Police Services Superintendent Brian Osborne.

On August 23 2012, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) and Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) savoured the warm summer weather and participated in the Grand Slam Challenge, a recreational baseball tournament to support patients and clients.
Special guest and Olympian, Emily Batty joined the festivities signing autographs for all and joined Brian Osborne, Superintendent, DRPS, Rob Adams, Executive Director, DMHS and Sheila Neuburger, Executive Vice-President, Clinical Services, Ontario Shores for the ceremonial first pitch.

“This was the first time I have played on a baseball team. My favourite position was first base and I even scored a few runs,” says Nathan Lamey, member of one of the Ontario Shores baseball teams. “I had fun being part of a team and the police were very nice.  It was a great day,”

A barbecue lunch was held for the participants while the “Guess Your Speed” contest commenced and participants took pleasure in guessing their pitch speed using a radar gun. After four games and great teamwork, the DMHS team came out on top and celebrated with other participants at the social gathering with cake, refreshments and prizes.

“The support for mental health awareness has been just tremendous.  Having everybody come together and demonstrate camaraderie for one another as a whole is heartwarming” comments Paul Hutcheson, Therapeutic Recreationist at Ontario Shores and one of the many people who helped organize the event.  “We have music playing, great food, supportive fans, and most importantly we have smiles on everyone’s faces. We’re all having fun.”

A special thanks to Emily Batty, Durham Mental Health Services, Durham Regional Police Services Ontario Shores Volunteer Association and the Ontario Shores planning committee members for their support.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001