“Family night is a special time for us to visit. Parents get to interact with their children in a unique way” said Nicole Anne Reik, Executive Director of Pinball Outreach Project who started the organization with the mission to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball. “Watching a mother and daughter each take a flipper and play the game together is exactly what we like to see during these visits.” shared Reik.
“Thank you so much for joining our Family Night and making it extra special by bringing these Pinball games!!!! The patients and families had a blast and we couldn't have done it without you. Patients were able to take their minds off of being in the hospital and enjoy some quality time with their families. Thank you for making that possible and brightening up their day” said Amber Chavez, Special Programs Coordinator at CHOC Children's Child Life Department.
The following day POP traveled to Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego. In Carely’s Magical Garden outside the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders they set up a Flash Gordon and Jackbot pinball machine under the umbrellas. “Seeing patients come outside to get some fresh air and play pinball was heartwarming. Some of these children had never played before, so we definitely accomplished our mission this on this day” shared Reik.
“Thank you POP for brightening the lives our patients at Rady Children’s. The pinball machines provided a much needed diversionary for our patients and their siblings and allowed the parents to relive their own childhoods. Much appreciated!”
POP started on it’s US Tour back in September of 2013 (https://www.facebook.com/
About Pinball Outreach Project (POP)
Pinball Outreach Project is a 501(c)3 charity that was created to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball. We do this by bringing the game of pinball directly to children in hospitals, schools and community centers. We also spread awareness of our mission by hosting fundraisers and tournaments. To learn more visit http://www.pinballoutreach.org, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/