Swing. THWACK! And the ball sails over the outfield wall. Sure, it only travels about 60 feet at Futures Field, but it’s still a home run and 16-year-old Jackson has fun hitting home runs. And he hits a lot of them. The miniature version of Chase Field at the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot on the Upper Concourse is just one stop on Jackson’s tour of the big-league stadium lead by Alexandra Maloney of the front office of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jackson has seen the stadium before, but never like this. “I’ve always liked baseball, since I was like three,” says Jackson, who celebrated his birthday last week. Jackson is a lifelong Diamondbacks fan and favorite players currently on the roster are Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta.
Like many teen boys, Jackson likes cars – exotic cars and classic muscle cars. He wants to take automotive technician classes and perhaps be a mechanic when he is an adult. He is also interested in becoming a music producer and creating his own electronic dance music.
Jackson says he is eager to be part of a forever family and hopes his adoptive parents are active and adventurous. But, most of all, he says they need to be it for the long haul. “Fostering a kid is a commitment,” Jackson says. “It’s not like anybody can do it.” It may take a while for the family relationship to develop, he says. “Try not to expect me or other people to exactly fit in right away,” Jackson says. “For me, I’ve been in [foster care] for about six years now. So I’ve been in group home after group home, foster home after foster home.” So, he advises, be patient.
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