Foster Youth to Throw Ceremonial First Pitch at Mariners Game

May 5, 2023
Davonte Johnson stands by a tree

 Davonte Robertson, 16, is set to throw the ceremonial first pitch during the May 7 Mariners game as part of We Are Family Day at T-Mobile Park.

For the last 15 years, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has partnered with the Seattle Mariners to celebrate Foster Care Month with a special ceremonial first pitch, specially-priced tickets, and pregame activities for foster parents, kinship caregivers, foster children and youth, and the people who support them.

After receiving dozens of nominations, a DCYF staff committee selected Robertson, a huge sports fan.

“He approaches all people like teammates with empathy, encouragement, respect, and sincere interest in other people,” said Heather Mimms, the caseworker that nominated Robertson. “Add to this his natural athleticism and that he seems good at everything he tries.”

Robertson is looking for a loving, permanent home. You can learn more about Robertson via his Northwest Adoption Exchange In-Depth profile. The profiles empower teens to speak directly to potential adoptive families.

Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed May as Foster Care Month to thank all the foster parents and kinship caregivers who provide a meaningful and supportive presence in the lives of the nearly 6,100 children in out-of-home care in Washington State. That number is the lowest it’s been in more than 40 years.

To learn more about becoming a foster parent, visit, or call 1-888-KIDS-414.