Farmington's Austin Byrom & Family Win Arvest Ballpark's 5th Anniversary Video Contest

Tuesday, August 28 at 09:50 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The NWA Naturals recently sponsored an Arvest Ballpark Video Contest in the spirit of the park's 5th anniversary.  Fans were asked to submit a video about their most memorable moments they've had at Arvest Ballpark for a chance to win $1,000 and a "Northwest Arkansas Naturals Experience".  Ten-year-old Austin Byrom of Farmington, Ark. and his family were announced as the winner.  Watch the video and read more about him, the contest and Arvest Ballpark in the release below. 

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — A Farmington family’s video featuring their son’s love of baseball while living with a debilitating disease was named the winner of the Arvest Ballpark Video Contest sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

The winning video was played for fans gathered for the Thursday night game, the second-to-last of the regular season, as part of the ballpark’s 5th anniversary celebration.

Austin Byrom, the son of Steven Byrom and Lana Byrom of Farmington, was the subject of the 90-second video submitted for the contest. In it, the 10-year-old fifth grader at Ledbetter Intermediate School was shown enjoying his frequent trips to watch the Naturals play baseball despite suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic debilitating disease of the respiratory and digestive systems. He also has been diagnosed with Benign Rolandic Epilepsy, which causes seizures during sleep, and Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations.

“He hasn’t been able to go as frequently this year as he did last year,” Lana Byrom said of Austin’s Arvest Ballpark visits. “We were able to go a lot more frequently last year. But he is so excited about winning this contest.”

“Despite the hardship displayed in the photos of Austin’s treatments and hospitalizations, his excitement in attending Naturals games and his pure enjoyment of the moment shines from his beaming smile,” said Eric Edelstein, General Manager of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. “We are extremely fortunate to play a part in bringing fun into his life.”

Arvest Ballpark and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals celebrated the fifth year of great gatherings and baseball by sponsoring a video contest highlighting the many ways that people use Arvest Ballpark’s amenities.

As the winner of the contest, Austin got to see the complete winning video played at a celebratory event Thursday night at Arvest Ballpark before the Northwest Arkansas Naturals played the Springfield Cardinals. He also received $1,000 and a “Northwest Arkansas Naturals Experience,” which included throwing out the first pitch at the game and an autographed Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ baseball. He will also get the use of a personal suite during an April or May 2013 home game.

Both the winning video and a tribute video featuring clips from some of the submitted entries will be displayed on the Naturals’ website at www.nwanaturals.com after August 23.

Arvest Ballpark has brought changes to Northwest Arkansas; people have considered the park as a gathering place for many uses, from a place to hold nonprofit fundraisers and events to attending a Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ game, Edelstein said when announcing the contest.

Some of those changes have been on the economy of Northwest Arkansas. In five years, there have been 250 Naturals baseball games and 200 other events hosted at Arvest Ballpark. Those other events have included nonprofit fundraising events, concerts and business and private meetings.

Attendance at all those Naturals games over the five years is estimated to be 1.65 million at the end of this season, Edelstein said. Estimated attendance at other functions adds an additional 300,000 people to the total. The facility employs 20 full-time people and has 250 part-time employees
 
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Arvest Ballpark has, through fundraising ticket programs, cash and in-kind donations and time donations, have contributed more than $1.5 million to various causes in Northwest Arkansas.
 

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Springdale
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