Reagan Whitley is one of youngest Braves fans in metro Atlanta, although it may be a while before she goes to her first game at Sun Trust Park.
When Reagan was born at 11:54 p.m. June 12 at Northside Hospital, she received a beanie monogrammed with an “A” and a “Braves Country" birth certificate.
The program, “Born a Brave,” is a partnership between the Atlanta Braves and Northside Hospital.
Reagan’s mother, Hailey Whitley, is a longtime Braves fan and used to go to games with her father, including the World Series. Reagan’s father, Reece Whitley, was raised in North Carolina, but became a Braves’ fan by marriage.
Hailey Whitley said they family can’t wait to go to their first game at Sun Trust Park with Reagan and her older brother, Jordan, who is 20 months old.
Right now, though, Reagan is too young. “Having a newborn kind of puts a damper on those plans, but we would love to take both,” to the game one day, she said.
It’s a tall order to fill.
The Braves commissioned more than 24,000 beanies for the “Born a Brave,” program.
The Northside hospital system, which includes hospitals in Sandy Springs, Cumming and Canton, delivered more than 20,000 babies last year.
Families who receive Braves beanies can support the team and Northside by posting photos on social media channels using the hashtags #BabyBraves and #NorthsideBaby.
The Born a Brave program is one of several initiatives, including health awareness campaigns.
On Saturday, when the Braves play the Milwaukee Brewers, the Northside Hospital Foundation will host a celebration for cancer survivors and their families.
Then, on July 14, the Matt Kemp bobblehead night will be presented by Northside Hospital, with bobbleheads available to the first 20,000 fans.