York Revs players visit with rehab patients

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

With spring training in full swing and opening day a week away, the York Revolution took a bit of time to visit with patients at the WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday, April 18. 

The annual visit is a chance for the players, most of whom are new to the team, to connect with the community.

"I think it's an awesome opportunity because I don't think the players and the patients see how their lives are so similar to each other," said WellSpan Health clinical supervisor and physical therapist Jan Howells.

"The players are going through stress of the game and training, they rely on each other. The patients come to therapy here, they are in a state that is very vulnerable, and we have an awesome team that can lift them up. It allows them to win in their situation, too."

For one patient in particular, the visit was extra special.

Ellen Strickler, 76, of Mount Wolf, was sporting her York Revolution T-shirt and made sure to tell the team that her husband, Freed, 84, is a big fan and season ticket holder.

York Revolution mascot Downtown signs his autograph for Ellen Strickler, of Mount Wolf, as players from the York Revolution visit patients at the WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. John A. Pavoncello

"His Revs mean everything," Strickler said of her husband.

She usually makes it to 10 or so games each season, but this year she is battling cancer. 

"This illness of mine is interfering," she said.

"Since he is a season ticket holder, he was offered free tickets to all the games over in Lancaster. I'll be starting chemo, so it's not too likely, but I'm going to see he gets there as often as possible," she said with a smile.