Thursday, July 9, 2009

Levindale Wins Annual Softball Tournament

by Helene King

The Baltimore Orioles have some stiff competition when it comes to die hard fans. When the softball teams from Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital took to the field at Old Court Middle School recently, they received rousing cheers from elated admirers in the stands.

Their annual tournament brought out the big bats and golden gloves from both LifeBridge Health centers. After a hard fought contest and lots (and lots) of laughs, Levindale claimed victory, extending its winning streak to three in a row.

The pre-game festivities were very special because the outgoing president of both facilities, Ron Rothstein, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to the incoming president, Aric Spitunik.

“Everyone had a blast,” said Aric, who besides being president, was calling the balls and strikes. “We all work together everyday to make sure that our residents and patients are healthy and happy, so it’s great to play together at our annual softball game.”

What would a game be without hot dogs? Fortunately, no one had to find out because Kym Farmer and Richard Coleman from Courtland Gardens had the grill going, not only for the players, but for the “cheerleaders” watching.

Joy Curbean, from Courtland Gardens, said that everyone at the game was a winner, but then with a smile, she quickly added, “Wait ‘til next year, Levindale!”

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