GRAPEVINE, Texas — A group of Korean youngsters found themselves in Lego nirvana Tuesday afternoon at the Legoland Discovery Center at Grapevine Mills Mall.
Oh, Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was generally there, too.
Choo, giving back to the Korean community in the Dallas/Fort Well worth area, hosted several kids for a couple hours at Legoland. The infant’s participated in several activities, such as the Factory Show, where they learned how Legos are made, plus the Kingdom Quest ride. They had a Lego build hosted by the Master Model Builder and pizza and refreshments.
They in addition got the rare opportunity to meet Choo, who was there together with his wife, Won Mi ‘, and his children: sons Mike and Aiden, and daughter Abigail.
‘It ended up being great meeting someone famous,In . said Nathan Cho, a fourth-grade student by Flower Mound, Texas.
The little ones — who were there with mothers and fathers — were just as enamored with the Legos since they were with being up close to a professional baseball person.
• Photos from the event
Choo presented just about every youngster with an autographed ball, Choo T-shirt and bobblehead, a Rangers back pack and a $25 gift card for the Legoland retail outlet.
‘I have three kids and I always try to do something to possess fun, especially during the offseason,Inches Choo said. ‘The second thing is definitely my kids like Legos. I try to make everybody happy especially with Christmas time coming up soon, and that’s why we have this. Lego helps a lot, so I really appreciate that.’
Choo got right in the center of the action, building race cars away from Legos with the children and observing as they raced the vehicles on a track. He also sat for photos next to a single of Globe Life Car park in Miniland, which showcases many Dallas/Fort Worth landmarks and the skylines connected with both cities.
Joseph Yoon was one of the 20 students from the Malay School Association who got up close to Choo, a moment he is not going to soon forget.
‘I liked actually talking to him and meeting him or her,’ said Yoon, also a fourth-grade pupil from Flower Mound.
The Vietnamese Amateur Sports Association of Dallas partnered with Choo for the event. Most of the children visit standard U.S. schools but also attend weekend Vietnamese schools that teach vocabulary, culture and traditions in order to younger Korean-Americans.
Choo said it is important intended for him to give back to the actual Korean community.
‘I was small growing up in Korea, so i didn’t make the Major Leagues by myself,’ Choo said. ‘My parents helped me and supported us a lot and a lot of people outdoors [my family] supported me. A lot of Malay people have [supported me]. It’s a good time to give people, especially in the Texas location.’
Choo took time off from his hectic agenda, which includes rehabbing his left ankle joint after offseason surgery. He said his rehab is going well.
‘I can feel it getting better,’ Choo mentioned. ‘I can’t wait for the 2015 season. Our focus is to stay healthy.’