PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s party time at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

The “Pirates CAREavan” has hit a home run with the kids with physical and intellectual disabilities.

But the star of this show is the manager. Clint hurdle has a soft spot in his heart for kids with Prader Willi syndrome, marked by cognitive disabilities and obesity. He’s also a hit with the staff. The connection is personal.

“I’ve got one at home,” he said, standing at a podium. “I’ve got a girl with Prader Willi syndrome at home, that’s 11 years old. We’re well aware of the challenges the families have to meet. Our young people have to meet. Their hearts are so big. Their hopes are real. And we’re just trying to find a way each and every day to make the playing ground more level for them.”

It’s not just talk. Pirates Charities adopted Clint Hurdle’s “Wins for Kids” program. The way it works, a donor would pledge a certain amount for each Pirates victory. And this past year, that made for a big pot. They raised $40,000 for the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

“I always will love you kids,” the manager concluded. “If there’s ever anything I can do for you, you make sure to get a hold of one of these aides here you get a hold of Mr. Clint and I’ll make sure I do something for you. All right? You do that, and we’ll get her done.”

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