Sixty-five Springbrook community members will be bound for a Yankees game in New York City on Thursday.
Organizers said they knew of no other field trip that involved as large a Springbrook group or required traveling such a distance. And they credited Karen and Bill Mirabito of Oneonta with the generosity to provide $5,500 that makes the trip possible.
“It’s going to be great,” said Bill Mirabito, a member of the Springbrook Board of Directors who plans to be part of the group. “I’m going to have more fun than the kids.”
Forty Springbrook students, residents and clients will rise early Thursday morning for the road trip to Yankee Stadium. A bus and two vans will pick up fans at Springbrook sites at about 7:30 a.m. for the game against the Toronto Blue Jays starting at about 1 p.m. The group will be accompanied by 25 Springbrook staffers, organizers said.
Springbrook, with offices in Oneonta and sites in the area, provides living, educational and other services to about 850 children and adults with developmental disabilities, Kira DeLanoy, assistant director of marketing and public relations, said. The Yankees fans come from among the many Springbrook offerings, which include day school, residence, recreation and skills-instruction programs.
Mirabito, vice president at Mirabito Holdings Inc. and an Oneonta Town Board councilman, joined the Springbrook board of directors last September. Previously, he served on a related Foundation board in the late 1990s, he said.
Mirabito said he was talking with a Springbrook student about eight months ago and sharing his enthusiasm for Yankees and the many games he watched on television.
“He wished he could go to a game,” said Mirabito, who followed up with an invitation. “Before I knew it, he had invited all his buddies.
“I feel honored that I’m in a position that I can bring some joy to their lives,” Mirabito said.