Fifth Grader Kaitlyn Crawford Named a Dayton Dragons MVP


Fifth grader Kaitlyn Crawford is an MVP for the Dayton Dragons,
although you're not likely to see her hitting a double or catching a fly
ball in a Dragons' game. Crawford's successes have more to do with her
character than her athletic prowess. As part of a program to incentivize
academics, special achievements, and good behavior, the Dayton Dragons
and Bob Evans Restaurants have teamed up to assemble a special group of
MVP's to reward them for their successes inside and outside the
classroom by reaching out to fourth and fifth grade teachers in the

Crawford was nominated for the Dayton Dragons MVP Program by her
teacher, Mrs. Jo Ann DiCiurci, because of her outstanding efforts to
help another teacher at the school. Mrs. Michele Patterson, the late
kindergarten teacher at XCS, was diagnosed with a brain tumor this past
summer. Crawford decided to raise money for Mrs. Patterson to help
defray the costs of her care.

got out her rainbow loom and starting making bracelets. She sold them
for a dollar a piece at a garage sale hosted by her family and ended up
making about $300 for Mrs. Patterson.

You can see why the Dayton Dragons would consider her an MVP.
However, Crawford didn't know anything about the program when she began
her mission. It was a simply altruistic act.

"I like helping people," said Crawford. "When I do something for someone else, it makes me feel good."

Crawford was selected to be one of the five Dayton Dragons MVP's out
of over a thousand entries. As an award winner, she and the other four
students will receive four lawn tickets to a special MVP night at Fifth
Third Field, an MVP certificate, tickets to an MVP field day at the
ballpark, and a uniquely designed MVP hat.

In addition to these items, Crawford will be featured in a Dayton Daily News article on May 28 and will have her story highlighted in the Dragons' Play Ball baseball program May 27-June 1.