The SMBA Class of 2015 recently had the chance to make an impact with the San Diego Padres. The Padres hosted their annual FanFest to kick off the upcoming baseball season and held a garage sale where fans had the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind Padres items, with all the proceeds benefitting the Padres Foundation, which benefits children’s health, education and fitness.
Fellow classmate Erika Union and I were brave and signed up for the 6:30 a.m. shift to volunteer at the FanFest Garage Sale. As the sun was rising, we furiously unpacked banners, hats, apparel, baseball bats and several novelty items that would soon be on sale. As the final preparations were made, we could see the thousands of fans starting to line up outside the gates of Petco Park ready to take in all that FanFest had to offer.
When the clock struck 10 a.m. and fans streamed into Petco Park, the Garage Sale was one of their first stops. As fans rushed to purchase autographed bats and baseballs, the Garage Sale area was quickly underway.
Erika and I were then quickly called upon to assist guests in line to speed up their purchases. While doing so, we had the opportunity to meet many great Padres fans. I was even able to witness fans offering to buy active military members their Padres memorabilia.
As our shift at the Garage Sale came to an end, other members of our SMBA class who were ready to assist the midday crowd relieved us of our duties. We all had a great time assisting at FanFest and being exposed to the hard work the Padres put into their community relations efforts.