Young Patients Have a Hand in Jersey Design

Published on August 03, 2017


The jerseys are ready and they turned out great!  Growler Players in Jersey

Read story of how they were made and about the game on Saturday, August 5:

Young Patients Have a Hand in Jersey Design

Patients and staff at Bronson Children’s Hospital recently had some fun getting a little messy to help with a special jersey design for the Kalamazoo Growlers. Child shows off handprintSome patients stopped by the hospital’s Room of Magic to make handprints, while others made their mark right from their hospital beds. Growler mascot, Porter, was there to help oversee the process. The handprints will be used on a jersey that will be worn by Growlers players during the game on Saturday, August 5 at Homer Stryker Field. Those jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with the proceeds going to the Bronson Health Foundation’s Children’s Hospital Fund.

"We want to use the power of FUN to make a difference in the community,” says Brian Colopy, vice president of the Kalamazoo Growlers. “That’s why we chose Bronson Children's Hospital for one of our specialty jerseys this Baby Handprintsseason. Not only can we create a unique, one-of-a-kind jersey, but we can make a difference for an amazing community asset at the same time.”

Growler’s players will also pay a visit to the hospital before the upcoming game. “We are so appreciative of the community for all the support they give to our children’s hospital,” says Terry Morrow, vice president of development and community health at Bronson Healthcare. “Our patients and families know that when they are here, they aren’t in this alone. There are many people rooting them on,” adds Morrow.Growlers mascot waves to child

Patients and families that took part in helping to make the jersey received tickets to attend the game. The theme for the game is Youth Sports Night, and is sponsored by Bronson Sports Medicine. For more information about the game, visit the team’s website.