Night at York's Stadium Celebrates Recovery From Addiction
Randy Jefferson battled drug and alcohol addiction for nearly 20 years. During that time, he was in and out of jail nearly 15 times and visited about a dozen drug and alcohol rehab facilities. Finally, in 2004, Jefferson experienced an "awakening" and started to see things he "couldn't see before."
Today, Jefferson is looking forward to Dec. 1, which will mark six straight years since he last touched drugs or alcohol. Over the past few months, Jefferson has been helping Clarity Way of York, a drug and alcohol rehab facility, organize York County's first Recovery Night. Jefferson works at Clarity Way as a certified recovery specialist.
The event, set for a York Revolution game Saturday at Sovereign Bank Stadium, is being held in conjunction with National Recovery Month. Officials hope to make it an annual event. It will be "part awareness, part celebration," said Dot Koller, Clarity Way admissions coordinator. "September is National Recovery Month. And this event will be a celebration for people who have recovered from addiction. But it will also give a chance to someone with an addiction to find avenues that might get them some help," Koller said.
Recovery Night: Along with Clarity Way, the event is being organized by York-based rehab facilities Colonial House, White Deer Run, Pyramid Healthcare and the York & Adams Drug and Alcohol Program. As part of the event, the rehab facilities and the York Revolution are offering a discounted $10 admission to the game and a food voucher for a free hot dog, nachos and soda. The event will include pre-game festivities such as live music, face-painting and a dunk tank, among other activities.
The highlight of the pre-game activities will be guest speaker Dickie Noles. A former Major League pitcher who helped the Philadelphia Phillies win the 1980 World Series, Noles now works as a counselor for minor league ballplayers and manages a substance-abuse education and prevention program geared toward different age levels, a program he originally founded in 2004. Following Noles' appearance, York City Mayor Kim Bracey will lead a prayer on the field while joining hands with people who have recovered from addiction.
Throughout the event, representatives from all five rehab facilities will be present to distribute information about recovery programs, including Jefferson, who said he wants to "help people with addiction." "I think this event will be important to show people who have dealt with addiction that they're not alone. But it's also important for people who might have an addiction and need help. This might help them find a path to recovery," he said.
Discount: To receive the discounted ticket and food voucher for Recovery Night, people can order online by visiting yorkrevolution.com, by calling the York Revolution box office at 801-4477 or by purchasing tickets outside the stadium at the booths of the rehab facilities who have helped organize the event.