From my pal @Bongreatness

Today over 800 boys and girls from the Reds Community Fund’s Reds Rookie Success League summer program will participate in a pregame parade around the field. The Reds Rookie Success League (RRSL), a free, coed, character-building summer baseball program, entering its fourteenth summer in Cincinnati and throughout Reds Country this season.  As has been the tradition for a few seasons, we will be joined by members of former Red Ryan Freel’s family, who will help us present the Ryan Freel Award to a few of the RRSL participants.  During his time with the Reds, Ryan was heavily involved in the RRSL program.

The honorary Grand Marshal for the parade will be Tyler Aldrich. Tyler, a 21-year-old autistic man from Fremont, Ohio, is running 220 miles from his hometown to Cincinnati to raise money and awareness for autism. His “Run Ohio” journey started on June 10 and raises money and awareness for the Make It Fit Foundation, a charity that provides programs for people dealing with autism.

Also during pregame ceremonies representatives of Cincinnati law firm Freking, Myers & Reul  will make a check presentation to the Reds Community Fund in the amount of nearly $31,000 from this year’s annual “Opening Day Eve Party”.  The event has become a staple of the Cincinnati Opening Day landscape, directly benefitting the Reds Community Fund.  Event organizer Randy Freking will also serve as today’s Honorary Captain.

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