Charles Boyk Law Offices Announces Josh Project Founder Wanda Butts to Throw Toledo Mud Hen’s Opening Day First Pitch

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Wanda Butts is set to throw the first pitch for the Toledo Mud Hen's opening day.

The ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game is a longstanding American tradition in which a guest of honor is named to stand on the pitcher’s mound and throw the ball across home plate to signify the beginning of the game. It has been recently announced that because of her hard work for the people in the community, Wanda Butts has been given the honor of throwing the first pitch at the Toledo Mud Hen’s opening day game.

In 2012 Wanda was named as one of CNN’s top 10 heroes and has continued to gain recognition for her hard work and dedication to save children’s lives through swimming lessons and water safety, most recently being named as a compassionate hero by the MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio.

The Josh Project was founded by Wanda after she lost her son, Josh, to a drowning accident. Wanda decided that from then on she would be dedicated to educating both children and adults on water safety in order to help prevent future drownings, and thus save lives. The Josh Project focuses on at-risk youth by providing low-cost swimming lessons and water safety training to everyone who has a desire to learn. The Josh project holds on to the truth that swimming is a valuable and life saving skill.

The pitch will be thrown at 5 p.m. on Thursday April 11th at the 5/3rd Field in downtown Toledo, Ohio. To see Wanda throw, one can go see the game live or it will also be broadcast live on local sports channel BCSN.

The Josh Project is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building basic swimming skills and knowledge of water safety to prevent drowning. To make a donation to the Josh Project or learn how to sign up for water safety education classes, please visit

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