A local man enlisted the help of two local softball teams to make a dream come true for a local autistic man.
Jordan Henrika plays slow-pitch softball with a team from City Limits,
and he frequently takes Thomas Arra, a 21-year-old autistic man that Jordan cares for every week, to his games.
Thomas loves softball, and as a special treat, Jordan asked his team members if they would give Thomas an "at bat" to create a special memory for him.
The City Limits team agreed, and the opposing team, "the Bombers" even got in on the action. When Thomas hit the ball, the City Limits players, and the opposing team all cheered him on as he made his way around the bases, giving him a home run.
Here is a description of the events, from Jordan:
"My name is Jordan Henika and this video is of Thomas Arra, a 21 year old child with autism who I care give for a couple times a week. Thomas never played softball before I met him and I started bringing him to games and he fell in love with it.
In this video we had talked with the other team about letting him get an "at bat," they were more than willing to make a memory for him. The guys on both teams were amazing and Thomas was ecstatic. They threw the ball around on purpose so it felt like a real home run to Thomas.
On the way home he put his hand on my shoulder and said "Mr. Jordan, I am happy." Thomas has been a godsend to me and my life and to see him this happy was truly remarkable. We have a relationship that started out as work and ended up being family. He is a brother to me. It would not have been possible without all the members of City Limits east (my team) and the Bombers (their team)"