Anya & Dana Dellefemine and Manny Sanguillen
Anya, age 10, absolutely loves the Pirates! We though Anya could benefit from a friendship with a Big Champ & a Little Champ, so Dana & Manny were just the people for her!
Dana, Anya's Little Champ, is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. Dana has been a college athlete for five years. She played soccer for her first 4 years at Pitt, and ran track for her fifth. Dana and Anya immediately bonded through their common interests: Pirates, running, and drawing! Dana was excited to meet Anya, and she was very happy to see that Anya truly enjoyed their time together.
Manny Sanguillen, a former Pirates catcher, is Anya's Big Champ friend. He was the first baseball player to be drafted from Panama. Believe it or not, Manny did not start playing Baseball until he was 22! Manny enjoys spending time with Anya.
When hanging out with Dana and Manny, Anya loves to do arts and crafts! Dana and Anya do fun, inspirational activities together. They had a great time making time capsules during Anya's induction ceremony. Anya and Manny shared lots of smiles while getting to know each other. Manny gifted Anya (who's a huge Pirates fan) with a Pirates jersey!
When watching a Pirates game together at Anya's induction ceremony, Manny mentioned that Starling Marte is one of his favorite players. A few minutes later, he hit a home run! Amazed, Manny looked at Anya and said, "Yay! I knew he'd hit that home run! I'm going to give that home run to you. He hit it just for you!"