October 4, 2023


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Washougal, Washington man sets out to play catch 365 days

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When was the previous time you played catch? For a great deal of people today, it’s been a even though — but a person Washougal gentleman is attempting to adjust that.

On a recent overcast day, KOIN’s have Dan Tilkin and Jenny Hansson headed out to Esther Small Park in Vancouver to perform a game of capture with John Scukanec. Having inspiration from a reserve and then a podcast, Scukanec set out to play capture with another person each individual working day for a 12 months — calling it “Catch 365”.

“I’ve not had anybody say no, and I have not had a lousy knowledge, at all,” he stated. “I have a tiny spiel where by I’m like, ‘I know this is heading to sound odd, but I’m not asking for dollars or something, my title is john and I’m hoping to do this issue.’”

Scukanec posts the encounters on his social media pages and often talks about it on his brother’s sports radio display on 1080 The Enthusiast.

Now obtaining achieved 128 times of this, he’s gotten to know all people — from a neighbor girl he understood nothing about, to a Zamboni driver, a sandwich delivery driver, and even the Oregon Metropolis Substantial College baseball staff.

“What I’ve discovered is that everyone has a tale,” Scukanec explained. “When you enjoy catch with somebody it is a shared second. We don’t do that sufficient.”

He suggests that’s why he identified this notion so intriguing, to make connections with strangers.

Playing capture was a way he usually bonded with his dad. In reality, the two of them produced a particular journey a several many years ago to do just that.

“I went with my dad and two sons,” Scukanec commenced. “We went to Iowa, we went to [the] Area of Goals and performed capture out in the corn — and it was magical.”

On day 110 of Catch 365, which occurred to be Father’s Working day, Scukanec played catch with his dad once again.

These catches can previous anyplace from 10 minutes to an hour, he told KOIN. At times they’re pre-organized and other times, Scukanec just walks up and asks anyone.

He says in most scenarios, the man or woman hasn’t performed in decades.

“Everybody performs when they’re a child most the time and then we prevent,” he explained. “Part of the complete issue is, we shouldn’t quit.”

If you want to follow together with his catch adventures, or even if you want to play some catch you, comply with Scukanec on Instagram and Twitter.