Caelin Mooney, a junior majoring in Human Development and Child Life, participated in an event at Fenway Park with an organization called Samaritans. Learn why there were many hi-fives during the 5th inning of a Red Sox game.
Boston is a great and amazing place to go to college. There is always something to do in the city and Wheelock is right in the heart of Boston. It is also very close to one of my favorite places in the world–Fenway Park! Going to Fenway is a great place to grab some friends, hang out, eat and enjoy watching the Red Sox play at one of the most historic ball parks in America.
One time that was great at Fenway for me was when I volunteered with the Samaritans. The Samaritans’ purpose is to alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. We accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening. They had an event at Fenway called Hi-Five in the 5th. The purpose of the event was to get everyone to hi-five each other in the 5th inning in hopes that it would make people smile and maybe start a conversation that may not have already happened.
My job was to greet people on their way in to the park with hi-fives and inform them about the event. It was a great way to talk to people and was almost an immediate ice breaker between the person giving the hi-five and I. We even got Jenny Dell, who is the New England Sports Network’s (NESN) on field reporter and Ben Cherington, the general manager of the Sox to stop, take a picture, and hi-five us! It was a great way to get involved with the community and spread cheer at the same time! We were able to stay and watch the game. The Red Sox inched within two games of clinching the American League East title!