Rawlings’ glove giveaway makes one fan’s day

Seth Dunham was already having a good week.

Monday, it got even better.

Dunham, who has Down syndrome, was helped out in a Challenger game Thursday night by Temple (Texas) College, and over the weekend, the Leopards won two games in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

But the cherry on top? That would have to be the free glove he won Sunday night in a raffle at the Rawlings booth.

“He was jumping up and down, literally,” said his mother, Beverly Dunham, who told Seth on Monday morning after finding out Sunday night.

Seth, who has energy to spare, participates in both basketball and softball for Special Olympics, and also plays in the Challenger League once a week.

Over the years Seth, who plays all over the field, has accumulated a number of trophies and medals that he is proud of.

“I got a trophy, man,” Seth Dunham said.

In Thursday’s game with the JUCO teams, he hit a home run.

“It’s gone,” Seth said about his home run.

“He’s great,” said Temple pitcher Seth Horton, who was Seth Dunham’s partner in Thursday’s game. “He got up to bat, hit a few balls and just had a great time.”

Seth Dunham’s entry was picked out of the hundreds of entries that Rawlings has received in the daily drawing that was started Saturday.

“We love to give back, especially with all the fans who are coming out and supporting the tournament,” said Jake Hilgendorf, the Sports Marketing Coordinator for Rawlings, who found out about Seth’s disability from Beverly.

“We got to talk to her afterward and she was really excited,” Hilgendorf said. “It’s just a good feeling to see how excited she was.”

The winner each night gets a glove from the company’s Gold Glove Gamer series, the same type of glove worn by several Major League players — including St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter.

Not only is it a free glove, each winner gets to choose the color and have their name put on the glove. When Seth gets his, it will have Temple’s gold as a trim color, and Beverly said the glove will be a step up from the one that he currently uses.

Beverly wasn’t expecting Seth to win the glove, but feels like the win was a good omen for the team that helped her son Thursday.

“It just added to the luck for Temple,” Beverly said, “because (the glove) is even the same color, black, gold and white, so it’s like, ‘yeah, they’re gonna take it.’ ”


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