Independent Baseball Player Has Assisted Living Facility As His Host Family

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Earlier today, received a press release from ESPN which reads as follows:

ESPN’s award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60
will feature the heartwarming story of a minor league baseball
player who brightened the lives of some senior citizens in the episode
airing Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. The program, which launched in
October 2007, combines investigative reporting, in-depth profiles of
intriguing sports personalities and features on emerging star athletes.
These stories are presented in a fresh and innovative format that
incorporates producer/correspondent meetings.

Like many young men, Josh Faiola is chasing his dream of one day playing
Major League Baseball. After his release from the Baltimore Orioles
organization this spring, Faiola caught on with the Lake Erie Crushers
(Avon, Ohio) of the independent Frontier League. Because the league’s
players are paid so little, most players live with local host families
who volunteer to take a player into their home for the summer. But
Faiola’s found a different kind of host family – an assisted living
facility with 28 senior citizens with an average age of 83. E:60 follows
Faiola and the residents of the facility through the summer, documenting
one young man chasing his baseball dream, and the effect that dream had
on his new family of surrogate grandparents.


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  1. Assisted living residences or assisted living facilities (ALFs) provide supervision or assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs); coordination of services by outside health care providers “

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