It's not every day that the crowd at Dodger Stadium is on its feet for something other than baseball. On Tuesday, August, 29, a rousing standing ovation ahead of the game was in honor of Ronnie Green, a U.S. Navy Veteran who was diagnosed with ALS ten years ago. During the pre-game festivities, pitcher Clayton Kershaw was celebrated as a finalist for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity's Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. Because he was in the starting lineup, he was unable to be on the field in person, but he shared remarks via video and honored Ronnie:
Ronnie's love for the Los Angeles Dodgers began when he was just nine years old. He thought he was on the field with Live Like Lou, the Permobil Foundation, and Phi Delta Theta because of Kershaw's honor. When he learned he was being presented with a Dodgers-branded power wheelchair, he brought the entire crowd to their feet in applause. And Ronnie's emotion upon learning of this incredible surprise captures exactly what we mean when we say we strive to leave ALS better than we found it.
Ronnie will have increased safety and independence in his new wheels and he gets to have his beloved Dodgers on his mind with the chair's custom branding. We are so grateful for the Permobil Foundation's partnership in giving the gift of mobility to incredible ALS warriors like Ronnie.