On August 15, clients from two Phoenix House Academies came together for a healthy competitive game of softball. Teens from Phoenix House Academy at Dublin traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts, to enjoy an intramural game at Nathan Bill Park against clients from Phoenix House Academy at Springfield.
The teens from these two academies have been participating in the games for the past few years. This year Springfield took home the trophy, which was made by Springfield Academy Teacher John Danielsen. The day concluded with a celebratory lunch as a teen nearing completion of his treatment at Springfield shared his story of recovery and encouraged his peers to stay committed to their own journeys.
The night after the game the boys from Phoenix House Academy at Springfield spoke during group session about how great it felt to play as a team. Most of these teens became involved with substance abuse early in life and had either forgotten–or had never learned–how to enjoy themselves without drugs or alcohol.
Phoenix House believes in encouraging substance-free recreational activities as a means of promoting healthy minds and healthy bodies.