Swinging for the Fences - a Doctor's Take on Volunteering

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Swinging for the Fences - a Doctor's Take on Volunteering

Dr. Keith Smithson examines a patient at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Camp.

Dr. Keith Smithson examines a patient at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Camp.

Participants and volunteers from the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Camp.

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One doctor shares his story of volunteering w/ @VSPVisionCare mobile eye clinic & @natsacademy (from @vspproviders) http://bit.ly/2bMZfFl
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 6:25am

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I recently volunteered at a Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy event, supported by VSP Global. My most memorable patient was a fifth-grade girl who never had an eye exam. She was uncorrected at 20/200 in each eye. After the exam, I witnessed her seeing clearly for the first time. Her reaction? An ear-to-ear smile. 

She was an excellent athlete, so we discussed the possibilities now open to her for a sports career. She smiled, took a second, and then said, "That would be great, but what I really want to do is be a lawyer."

The Washington Nationals Youth Academy summer program is a summer-long, life skills academy using the power of baseball as the draw to engage disadvantaged youth like my patient about the importance of staying in school, eating right and living positively. 

I am currently the director of visual performance for the Nationals... click here for more.

Keywords: Health & Healthcare | Positive Change | Social Change | Social Impact & Volunteering | VSP Global | Wellness | eye care | washington nationals

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