Team Foster is officially a part of Philadelphia sports hot streak. On Sunday afternoon, Team Foster founder and CEO, Nick Liermann threw out the first pitch for the Phillies. It’s hard not to think that Nick’s performance on the mound may have inspired Aaron Nola’s strong performance as the Phillies completed a 4-game sweep of the Marlins. Of course, sharing the field with Phillies alums including the 2008 World Series was incredible honor for Nick.
Also recognized was SGT Mike Geib and his service dog, Cookie Dough. In the third inning, Mike and Cookie Dough were cheered on by the 40,000 fans in attendance as they changed third base.
When our veterans return home, they sometimes struggle with the the visible and invisible wounds of war. Watching Mike change the base in front of 42,000 cheering fans was not only a great scene for everyone in the ballpark to witness, it was also an important reminder of the incredible impact that these service dogs can have on our veterans. Regardless of what team you root for, we can all agree that these men and women deserve our support. With the Foster 100 quickly approaching and the Phillies making their playoff push, let’s keep veterans like Mike in mind and “charlie mike.”
Sunday was another fantastic gesture by the Phillies. In April, Phillies pitcher Adam Morgan invited Team Foster to Citizens Bank Park as a part of the Phillies’ new “Los Compadres de Bullpen” initiative. Team Foster is incredibly grateful for our experiences with the Phillies thus far, and we hope to continue our relationship with the team in the future.