ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, in conjunction with Air Products, are launching a program designed to help people with disabilities.
The “Pigs Care” program provides the opportunity for any guest with an invisible or visible disability to stop by the Guest Services window of the Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence at Coca-Cola Park to receive a “Pigs Care” lanyard, according to a press release. Iron Pigs. While the guest is using Coca-Cola Park and its services, IronPigs employees may discreetly assist and assist those with lanyards and provide additional assistance, understanding, and patience during the guest’s journey to the stadium. baseball, according to the press release.
Many guests who have non-visible disabilities experience and often face barriers in their daily lives, including a lack of understanding and negative attitudes. Fans can now choose to wear the “Pigs Care” lanyard to discreetly identify that they may need support, assistance or just a little extra time in the merchandise store, queuing at concession stands or may -be reaching their seats, the IronPigs said.
“We are grateful to be working with Air Products on implementing this new program which will benefit all customers who may have visible or non-visible disabilities,” said Kurt Landes, president and CEO of IronPigs. “The Pigs Care program reinforces our message of ensuring that every guest who walks through the doors of Coca-Cola Park has a positive and memorable experience, regardless of ability.”
The “Pigs Care” program is considered the first of its kind in major and minor league baseball. Non-visible disabilities can include autism, chronic pain, and learning difficulties as well as mental health issues, severe anxieties, sensory loss, speech impairments, and respiratory disorders. Although you may not be able to see these invisible impairments and conditions, they still exist and affect a significant size of the population, the IronPigs said.
“At Air Products, we believe that every person belongs and matters, and we are honored to partner with IronPigs to support and celebrate people of all abilities,” said Laurie Hackett, Director of Community Relations at Air Products.
Fans interested in learning more about the “Pigs Care” program can visit the Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence Guest Services located in the main lobby behind section 106/107 of Coca-Cola Park during an IronPigs game. Fans can also go to IronPigs website for more information.