Gwinnett Braves Award January Grant to The Path Project

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Organization receives $1,000 “I Have a Dream” themed grant

Gwinnett BravesThe Gwinnett Braves have announced the recipient of their $1,000 grant for the month of January. The Path Project, Inc. has been awarded the “I Have a Dream” themed grant, aimed at funding an organization that grants wishes, dreams and opportunities for the youth, elderly, injured or sick.

Path-ProjectThe Path Project offers academic, social and spiritual development for at-risk youth living in mobile home communities in Gwinnett and surrounding counties. The non-profit organization works to help those students close the achievement gap, graduate from high school, become productive members of society and find the right path for their lives. The outreach ministry currently operates five community centers in five mobile home parks, serving approximately 450 children each week.

The community centers run by The Path Project provide preschool programs, after-school programs, summer camps, soccer teams and mentoring services. Certified teachers and youth development specialists oversee the centers, run the programs, communicate with parents and schools, as well as lead volunteers. The $1,000 grant awarded by the Gwinnett Braves will be used for literacy and educational enrichment through field trips and the purchase of books and school supplies.

“On behalf of the staff, volunteers, students and families of Gwinnett County that are part of The Path Project, I wish to say thank you to the Gwinnett Braves organization for their generous grant of $1,000,” said Jim Hollandsworth, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Path Project. “This grant will go directly to academic endeavors that are part of our after-school and literacy programs that serve hundreds of children and teenagers living in Gwinnett County. We are honored to partner with the Gwinnett Braves to help these young people find the right path for their lives.”

About The Path Project, Inc.: The Path Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed in 2009 by Jim and Melinda Hollandsworth as an outreach ministry of Graystone Church in Grayson, GA. What started as a once-a-week homework help program at the Gwinnett Estates mobile home park soon grew to a four-day-a-week, after-school program that included preschool, mentoring and soccer activities. The Path Project expanded in 2012 to serve other mobile home communities in Gwinnett, Walton and Newton counties, including Valley Brook in Stone Mountain, Bay Creek in Loganville and Riverside Estates in Covington. For more information, visit their website at www.path-project.org.

For more information on the Gwinnett Braves Grant Program, including details on how your organization can apply for future grants, call Community Relations Coordinator Alison Atkins at 678-277-0346 or email Alison.Atkins@braves.com.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Gwinnett Braves. Click here to view the original story.

 

BlueClaws Host Scout Patch Design Contest

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Winning patch will be given out to all scouts at BlueClaws games this year!

Lakewood-BlueClaws-LogoThe BlueClaws are holding their annual Scout Patch Design Contest to determine the official patch that will be given out to scouts at Scout Nights this summer.

Click here to download the official contest rules and a design template.

Use 10 colors or less to fill in the circle with your patch design. Please note on each sheet the scout’s name and their parent’s contact information. As a reminder, 2015 is the BlueClaws 15th season in Lakewood, so keep that in mind when designing your patch!

The winner will be decided on April 1st, and will be rewarded a ceremonial first pitch before whichever 2015 Scout Night they attend.

In order to be eligible for the contest, a Scout must be a member of a pack that has already booked its 2015 outing with the BlueClaws. For additional information about the BlueClaws Scout Program, visit www.blueclaws.com/scouts.

Once you are ready to submit your patch, you may return the form to the BlueClaws at the following address:

Kyle Volp
BlueClaws Scout Patch Contest
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ 08701.

If you have any further questions about the contest or booking a Scout outing at one of our Scout Nights, please contact Kyle Volp at 732-901-7000, ext. 142.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Lakewood BlueClaws. Click here to view the original story.

Fundraising with the Kernels

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Three ways for your non-profit group or organization to raise money this season

Cedar-Rapids-KernelsThe Cedar Rapids Kernels have three ways for your non-profit group or organization to raise money this season – before, during and after Kernels games!

Kernels 4-Pack Ticket Fundraiser

Selling Kernels tickets is an easy way to raise money for your team or organization! Each 4-Pack of tickets sells for $30.00, and you get to keep $10.00 of each sale. That can really add up with just a few sales! The 4-Pack consists of four plaza ticket vouchers, which can be redeemed at the Kernels box office for any home game during the 2015 season.

Who to sell to: Mom and Dad, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, Neighbors, Teachers, Coaches, Your parents’ co-workers, People at church.

How it works: The Kernels supply a form for you to track your sales during the fundraising period. People purchasing a package complete their personal information and the seller collects $30 for each 4-pack sold. Cash and personal checks made out to the Cedar Rapids Kernels are accepted. Your group coordinator will turn in all orders to the Kernels and in 3-4 weeks, the Kernels will mail out all ticket vouchers and cut a check back to your organization for the total amount raised.

Questions? Please contact Sammy Brzostowski at the Cedar Rapids Kernels by phone at (319) 896-7622 or by e-mail at sammy@kernels.com.

Stadium Alcohol Purchase Wristbanding

The Kernels are looking for non-profit organization to man alcohol purchase wristbanding stations at various locations throughout the stadium at all 70 Kernel home games. People who wrist band should be at least 18 years of age and be able to verify a customer’s ID and issue a wristband so they may purchase and consume alcoholic beverages at the stadium. The wristbanders must be at their posts when the gates open one hour before the scheduled first pitch, but may leave the game upon the completion or the 6th inning (at the latest). The number of wristbanders needed at each home game varies and the number needed will be sent to the group leader.

For more information about wristbanding, contact Scott Wilson at the Kernels by phone at (319) 896-7612 or by email at scott@kernels.com.

Post-Game Stadium Cleanup

The Kernels are looking for non-profit organization to assist in the post-game cleaning of Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium following Kernels games. Cleaning crews will pick up general trash from the main seating bowl and group areas, separate recyclable items, such as soda and water bottles from the general trash, put the items into the proper bins and take them to either the bottle storage area or trash compactor. The cleaning crew will also empty the various trash bins from around the stadium and return them to their usual location. The cleaning crew will arrive at the stadium approximately 30 minutes before the end of the game and the cleaning process takes between 60 and 90 minutes following the end of the game.

A cleanup group will earn $125 per night cleaning the stadium and most groups commit to a home stand, consisting of 3-4 consecutive games.

For more information about post-game stadium cleanup, contact Scott Wilson at the Kernels by phone at (319) 896-7612 or by email at scott@kernels.com.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Click here to view the original story.

RiverDogs & Palmetto Goodwill Partner for Hiring Events

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Events to include on-site interviews to fill gameday positions for the upcoming season.

Charleston-RiverDogsThe Charleston RiverDogs and Palmetto Goodwill will host a pair of Jobs at The Joe Hire Me! hiring events to fill gameday positions for the upcoming season.

The hiring events will take place at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park with two sessions on Thursday, February 19 at 10 am and 4 pm along with one session on Sunday, February 22 from 1-5 pm.

Goodwill2All interested applicants MUST pre-register for this event by emailing hireme@riverdogs.com.

On-site interviews will be conducted for positions in the following areas:

  • food & beverage (front and back of the house)
  • ushers
  • ticket takers
  • box office attendants
  • Kids Zone
  • stadium clean-up crew
  • parking attendants
  • And if you have what it takes, you can possibly be Charlie T. RiverDog!

Applicants are encouraged to dress appropriately.

The RiverDogs open the 2015 season on Thursday, April 9th vs. Lexington on Budweiser Thirsty Thursday with postgame fireworks. RiverDogs baseball can be heard all season long on the flagship radio home WTMA 1250AM.

For more information please contact the RiverDogs at 843/577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Charleston RiverDogs. Click here to view the original story.

Baysox Honor Reading Program Poster Winners

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Bowie-BaysoxThe Baysox lovable mascot Louie made visits to schools across the region during the past month to congratulate some very special students. Louie wanted to congratulate the winners of the annual poster contest that kicks off the Read and Hit a Home Run reading program.

All eight winning students are listed below:

Calvert County – Plum Point Middle School – Savannah Hersh – 6th Grade

Anne Arundel County – Central Elementary School – Marissa Beach – 5th Grade

Charles County – Arthur Middleton Elementary School – Desaray Green-Quartey – 4th Grade

Howard County – Trinity School – Ciara O’Connor – 6th Grade

Montgomery County – Forcey Christian School – Zoeii Strong – 5th Grade

Queen Anne’s County – Kennard Elementary School – Sarah Ireland – 4th Grade

Prince George’s County – Drew Freeman Middle School – Kentisha Torries – 7th Grade

St. Mary’s County – Town Creek Elementary School – Owen Corpus – 3rd Grade

The students’ poster designs were selected as the winner for all schools in their county. The poster designed by the winning student will also be displayed in each participating school in their respective counties throughout the program.

Louie surprised the winners during special school assemblies, rewarding them with a framed poster of the design, eight Baysox tickets and a collection of Baysox gear. The students also get a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Baysox Reading Night game for their county.

The Baysox would like to thank Read and Hit a Home Run Reading Program sponsor Educational Systems Federal Credit Union for their support of the program. This is the 11th year that Educational Systems Federal Credit Union has sponsored the reading program.

In all, more than 200 schools are registered to participate in the reading program this year. Any student in participating schools who reads at least four books is rewarded with a free ticket to a Baysox game. This is the 19th year the Baysox have overseen the reading program and during that time, the team has helped to promote reading for millions of elementary and middle school students in Maryland. Louie will be visiting students throughout the weeks leading up to the season to show them how fun reading can be.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Bowie Baysox. Click here to view the original story.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals Announce 2015 Scout Campout Dates

Scout patch & post-game campout included in events for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, & Cub Scouts

Northwest-Arkansas-NaturalsThe Northwest Arkansas Naturals are excited to announce that we will once again be hosting Scout Campouts by Camping World of Northwest Arkansas at Arvest Ballpark during our upcoming 2015 season. For the first time in franchise history, the Naturals will host three (3) of these Scout Campouts during the year and they will be on Friday, April 17, Saturday, June 27, and Friday, August 28.

Boy-Scouts-logo3The annual fan favorite is open to not only scouts but their friends and family as well. These designated events give scouts the opportunity to attend a Naturals game for a discounted group rate and enjoy an overnight campout in the outfield after the game for no additional cost. In addition, a kid-friendly movie will be shown on the videoboard during the campout after the game and all scouts and leaders in attendance will receive a commemorative 2015 Naturals’ scout patch. The Naturals selected the scout patch this off-season from a collection of designs created by local scouts and this year’s winner was Kendra McMaster, a 9 year old from Bella Vista and a member of Girl Scout Troop 5850. Tickets for Scout Night are only $8 per person if reserved in advance.

Girl_ScoutsFor scout groups wishing to participate in these events, the Naturals encourage one (1) parent or leader in the group to collect RSVP’s and payment from each family that would like to attend. This ensures that all members of the group will be seated together during the night of the event. To reserve your group for one (1) of the Naturals three (3) Scout Campouts in 2015, please visit our website and download the Scout Campout flyer located under our Groups and Events tab or contact Matt Fanning at (479) 927-4053 or matt@nwanaturals.com.

Cub-ScoutsGroup outing and fundraising information for the upcoming 2015 season is also currently available by either calling us at (479) 927-4900, emailing groups@nwanaturals.com, visiting our website at www.nwanaturals.com, or stopping by our Administrative Offices at Arvest Ballpark that is open 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Click here to view the original story.

Sea Dogs Now Accepting Nominations for William Troubh Community Service Award

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Portland-Sea-DogsThe Portland Sea Dogs are now accepting nominations for the first annual “William Troubh Community Service Award.” The award will recognize a local citizen who is making a positive impact within the city of Portland. It may be a public employee or private citizen who, through their efforts, makes Portland a great city to live and/or work in.

The Sea Dogs announced the creation of the award in a pre-game ceremony at the teams’ 2014 home opener, where the Sea Dogs paid tribute to Mr. Troubh after his passing in November. As part of the tribute, the Sea Dogs also renamed one of the Hadlock Field sky boxes in Troubh’s honor.

Mr. Troubh was a lifelong resident of the city of Portland who dedicated his life to making Portland a great place to live and work. He served multiple terms on the Portland City Council and was Mayor of the city in 1974 and 1975 and again in 1983 and 1984. Troubh was instrumental in bringing the Portland Sea Dogs to the city in 1994. He also played a major role in the development of the Portland Waterfront, Cumberland County Civic Center and the Portland Ice Arena, now named in his honor. His contributions will be enjoyed by residents and visitors of the city for generations to come.

Additionally, Mr. Troubh was a passionate baseball fan. He stayed involved after his key role in helping to bring the Sea Dogs to Portland, serving as the team’s legal counsel and served six years as President of the Eastern League from 1997 through 2002. On most summer nights Troubh could be found at Hadlock Field enjoying a Sea Dogs game with family and friends. He was inducted into the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame in 2010.

To nominate someone for this award, please submit a written letter of support for your nominee and describe the actions they take to make Portland a great place to live and work. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 20th. Please submit your nomination in person at Hadlock Field or via mail to the following address:

Portland Sea Dogs
ATTN: William Troubh Community Service Award
271 Park Avenue
Portland, ME 04102

When submitting a nomination please also include your contact information.
The winner will be announced and honored in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, April 25th when the Sea Dogs host the Trenton Thunder at 1:00 PM at Hadlock Field.

 This article originally appeared on the official website of the Portland Sea Dogs. Click here to view the original story.

Sky Sox and Domino’s Pizza Announce Third Year of Charity Spotlight

Domino’s will provide free marketing opportunities for area charities at Security Service Field in 2015

Colorado-Springs-Sky-Sox-2014The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are proud to announce that they will once again be partnering with Domino’s pizza to showcase local charities. The joint venture, named the “Charity Spotlight”, is designed to help charities in the Colorado Springs area and after tremendous success over the last two seasons the two organizations are excited to bring the program back for another year. In the current economic environment, many charities are working harder than ever to meet budgets to support the ever increasing demand for their services. Domino’s will again provide these charities with an opportunity to market themselves and raise awareness for their causes at Security Service Field during the Sky Sox 2015 season free of charge.

“At Domino’s, we recognize the importance of the many charities here in Colorado Springs and we are exceptionally proud to once again team up with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to spotlight local non-profits while providing them with a night of fun they will never forget”, said Domino’s Franchisee Craig Williams.

Throughout the season, Domino’s will provide 30 charities with the following marketing package at one of 30 individual Sky Sox home games:

  1. A marketing table in the main concourse to showcase their organization
  2. Four tickets to the game, Parking & two medium Domino’s pizzas
  3. Public address announcement and live in-game scoreboard recognition
  4. A ceremonial first pitch
  5. On-air interview during the Sky Sox broadcast on AM 1300 “The Animal”

Any charity wishing to be considered for the “Charity Spotlight” must apply online at https://charityspotlight.requestitem.com/. The Sky Sox will also be holding their second-annual free Non-Profit Luncheon on February 19 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Community organizations wishing to attend can select that option in the online application. For more information please contact Alyce Bofferding via email at alyce@skysox.com or by phone at (719) 304-5625.

“The Sky Sox are honored to continue this partnership with Domino’s while assisting area non profit organizations with their marketing efforts”, said Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor. “Colorado charities and the services they provide are an integral part of this community and we are proud to lend a helping hand in their effort.”

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Click here to view the original story.

Cintas Hometown Heroes: Recognition for military

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Lexington-Legends-2013The Lexington Legends and Cintas are teaming up to recognize members of the military at Legends games this season.

New for 2015, the Legends are inviting nominations for the Cintas Hometown Heroes program. Nominations may be made by completing a form that is available online at www.lexingtonlegends.com under “Community.”

At 35 Legends home games in 2015, hometown heroes selected from the nominations will be provided four game tickets and will be recognized on the field during the game.    Veterans and retired military personnel, as well as those on active duty, may be nominated.

“We are excited to introduce this new program,” said Legends’ corporate account executive Anne Brenner, who has been involved with the development of the program. “We know how much our fans have enjoyed our annual Military Appreciation Night, and that will continue. The Cintas Hometown Heroes program will provide an opportunity to bring even more recognition to our veterans and active military throughout the season.”

For more information on the Cintas Hometown Heroes program, contact Sarah Bosso, Legends director of business development, at 859 422-7855 or sbosso@lexingtonlegends.com.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Lexington Legends. Click here to view the original story.

Bats to wear camo jerseys to benefit PVA

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Louisville-BatsThe Louisville Bats will wear special digital camouflage jerseys at all Sunday home games in 2015 to benefit the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Koetter Construction will provide the jerseys, which will be auctioned following the conclusion of the season with 100 percent of the funds being donated to the local PVA chapter. The jerseys will be introduced at the team’s noon press conference Wednesday at Louisville Slugger Field.

Paralyzed-Veterans-of-AmericaA nonprofit organization, many of PVA’s volunteers are dedicated veterans who have taken up the cause to not only fight on the battlefield together, but on the battlefield at home. The mission of the Kentucky-Indiana PVA chapter is to improve the quality of life of U.S. Military Veterans and others with spinal cord dysfunction through the use of advocacy, research, sports and recreation, education and communication.

“The partnership with the Louisville Bats and Koetter Construction will give us the exposure we so desperately need,” said Kevin Sparks, president of the Kentucky-Indiana PVA chapter. “Our hope is when fans see a camouflage uniform at a Bats game or anywhere else, or a sign for Koetter Construction, that they immediately think of our paralyzed veterans here in the Louisville and Kentuckiana area.”

“Koetter Construction is very proud to partner with the Bats and sponsor the Sunday military camouflage jerseys as a fundraiser to support the Paralyzed Veterans of America,” said Bob Koetter, Jr., president of the Floyds Knobs-based company. “We have been a past supporter of the PVA because we like to show our appreciation of our veterans who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

“I would hope that these camouflage jerseys will remind people to thank a veteran, especially those who have come back missing limbs or being paralyzed from an accident while fighting for our freedom,” Koetter added. “I also hope people will support the PVA financially by participating in the auction at the end of the season.”

The PVA works continuously to raise awareness of the issues that paralyzed veterans face every day. There are a variety of ways to help. Visit www.kipva.org to become a volunteer, donor, sponsor or learn about supporting the group at its events.

Kentucky-Indiana PVA contact: Vickie Lincks, Executive Director, 502-635-6539, vlincks@kipva.org

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Louisville Bats. Click here to view the original story.

Barons, FOX6 WBRC & Life South Host Blood Drive Feb. 13 at Regions Field

Donate Blood Friday, February 13 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Schaeffer Eye Center Club Lounge

Birmingham-BaronsThe Birmingham Barons, along with FOX6 WBRC and Life South Community Blood Centers, are hosting a community blood drive Friday, February 13 at Regions Field.

“Being an active Birmingham community partner is extremely important to our organization, and this blood drive is another event in which we want to continue our commitment,” Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson said.  “This past December we hosted a coat drive in which the great folks in this community supported, and we hope that we receive that same support with this blood drive. It is an honor to work with FOX6 and Life South. We hope to promote the importance of blood donation, and we hope to see a lot of donors at Regions Field who want to impact the lives of those in need of a transfusion.”

Life-South-Community-Blood-CentersThe drive is located in the Schaeffer Eye Center Club Lounge, hosted on the second floor at Regions Field, and is set to run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. All participants will receive a drawstring backpack, courtesy of Life South.

“FOX6 WBRC is excited to partner with the Barons and Life South to provide a service that is extremely important to the Birmingham community,” stated FOX6 WBRC Marketing Director Jim Heinrich.

Donors must be 17 or older, (16-year-olds may donate with written parental consent) weigh 110 pounds or more and show I.D. All donors receive a recognition item and a cholesterol screening. For more information about Life South Community Blood Centers, call (888) 795-2707 or visit lifesouth.org.

“We are in emergency need for blood,” Life South Birmingham Community Director Brian Garrett said. “We appreciate the partnership with the Barons and FOX6 WBRC in an effort to get the Birmingham community involved and giving back to local patients.”

Birmingham opens the 2015 season Thursday, April 9 as Regions Field hosts the Mobile Bay Bears at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for opening night are currently on sale and are available for purchase online, by phone or in person at the Joe Drake Ticket Office at Regions Field. For more information about the Barons Regions Field and the complete 2015 schedule, please call (205) 988-3200 or visit www.barons.com, www.facebook.com/birminghambarons or on Twitter: @bhambarons.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Birmingham Barons. Click here to view the original story.

Fluor Field Hosts Complimentary Coaching Clinic on February 5th

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Drive Manager Darren Fenster leads the clinic from 6:00-8:30 PM

Greenville-DriveThe Greenville Drive have announced they will hold a complimentary coaching clinic led by Drive Manager Darren Fenster on Thursday, February 5th from 6:00-8:30 PM in the home clubhouse at Fluor Field.  The clinic is available for coaches at all levels of baseball, including little league, middle and high school, and travel baseball.

Fenster will cover a wide array of topics during the interactive forum, ranging from individual skills such as hitting, throwing, and fielding to team fundamentals such as cutoffs, relays and rundowns. Fenster will provide insight on a general approach to coaching, while also touching on practice organization and how to keep players engaged while getting the most out of their time on the field.

Additionally, those in attendance will have the unique opportunity to experience exactly how the Drive coaching staff employs this approach to their daily work during the 2015 season.
“With the amazing support that the Greenville and entire Upstate communities give us throughout the course of the season, I wanted to find a creative way to give back to the very people who make our days at Fluor Field so rewarding,” said Fenster. “I couldn’t think of a better way to do so than by putting together a coaching clinic that will benefit the next generation of players through this generation of coaches.

“Baseball has given me a platform as a coach that I truly value, and I take a great sense of responsibility to share my passion for and knowledge of the game with as many others who want to listen. To do this in the place I’ve called home for parts of the past few years is a special opportunity.”

Fenster has accumulated a wealth of experience during his time as a player and coach at both the college and professional levels. He was a two-time All-American shortstop at Rutgers University before spending five seasons in the Kansas City Royals system from 2000-2004, and he received an invite to major league spring training during his time with the Royals.

Following his playing career, Fenster returned to his alma mater and spent six seasons on the staff of the Scarlet Knights, serving under legendary coach Fred Hill, who earlier this month was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He also spent a season as an assistant coach for the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod League in 2008.

In 2013, Fenster created Coaching Your Kids, an initiative that shares his love and understanding of the game to the baseball community of coaches, players, and fans in general through camps and clinics in addition to media forums such as Twitter (@CoachYourKids), print magazines, and online blogs and podcasts.

He joined the professional coaching ranks in 2012 as the Drive’s hitting coach before getting his first managing opportunity with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2013, leading the club to the league championship series. The 2015 season will be Fenster’s second piloting the Drive.

“We are thrilled to give back to the local coaching community with this clinic at Fluor Field,” said Drive General Manager Eric Jarinko. “Darren Fenster is a terrific coach as well as being an outstanding person, and his passion for the game and his ability to connect with players of all ages and ability levels are second to none. He truly is a great ambassador for both the Greenville Drive and the game of baseball, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board for this coaching clinic and the 2015 season at Fluor Field.”

The clinic is complimentary, but registration is required as space is limited. Coaches interested in registering for the clinic can do so by clicking here.
For additional info, please contact Cameron White, the Drive’s Media Relations Manager, at cameron@greenvilledrive.com.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Greenville Drive. Click here to view the original story.

Sixth Annual Baseball Basics for Women Clinic Announced

Clinic to be held March 23

Bradenton-MaraudersThe Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are accepting registrants for the sixth annual Baseball Basics for Women clinic presented in partnership with Manatee Memorial Hospital. The clinic is intended for young adult and adult women interested in learning or refining their baseball fundamentals. It will be held Monday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at McKechnie Field.

The registration fee is $45. Pirates Major League and minor league players and coaches will instruct participants in hitting, catching, running the bases, and fielding. Each of the women will also receive a free t-shirt, a goodie bag filled with great prizes , like a free massage at Elements Massage, and a ticket to the Saturday, March 28 Spring Training game against the Blue Jays. Gecko’s Grill & Pub will provide dinner after the clinic. The Kona Bar built by NDC Construction will be open for family members and guests during the clinic and for participants during dinner. All participants will be entered in a raffle for a ceremonial first pitch opportunity for the March 28 game.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Manatee Memorial Foundation. The Manatee Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the health-related needs of the Manatee County community. Community healthcare needs and scholarships for medical education are the benefactors of the Foundation.

Registration for Baseball Basics for Women must be completed by Monday, March 2 in order to be guaranteed a t-shirt. The Baseball Basics for Women registration form can be accessed online at www.bradentonmarauders.com. For more information or to register, call Carly Paganelli at 941-747-3031 (ext. 4362) or email Carley.Paganelli@pirates.com.

Participants can receive a $5 registration discount by joining the new Lady Marauders Club. For $50, Lady Marauders receive admission to every Saturday night Bradenton Marauders home game, happy hour specials from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Saturday games, a club T-shirt, and invitations to special pre-game events before select Saturday games. For more information on the Lady Marauders Club, call Anne Putnam at 941-747-3031 (ext. 4350) or email Anne.Putnam@Pirates.com.

For more information about the Manatee Memorial Foundation, visit www.manateememorial.com/community-information/mm-foundation-inc.

 

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Bradenton Marauders. Click here to view the original story.

Gwinnett Braves Award December Grant to The Next Stop

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Organization receives $1,000 “Season of Giving” themed grant

Gwinnett BravesThe Gwinnett Braves have announced the recipient of their $1,000 grant for the month of December. The Next Stop Foundation, Inc. has been awarded the “Season of Giving” themed grant, aimed at funding an education organization.

The Next Stop works with developmentally disabled adults, as well as those with traumatic brain injuries in Gwinnett County and the surrounding area. The non-profit organization provides members who have aged out of the school system with a place to socialize, learn and enjoy friendships in a fulfilling and challenging way. Through high-quality group activities, learning opportunities and personalized mentorship, The Next Stop helps its members grow in the areas of self-confidence, social skills, maturity, life skills and awareness.

The-Next-StopOne such group activity, cooking education, provides members with a cooperative environment in which to exercise cognitive and motor skills. Each small group works together to perform recipe preparation and clean-up before enjoying the fruits of their labor. The $1,000 grant awarded by the Gwinnett Braves will fund over two months of kitchen costs associated with the cooking education program.

“We are truly grateful to the Gwinnett Braves for this grant award,” said Vicki LaRoche, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Next Stop. “At The Next Stop we provide opportunities for members to experience social situations, recreational fun and life appreciation learning. Because our members cook each day at The Next Stop, these funds will be used to support our kitchen education.”

About The Next Stop Foundation, Inc.:  Founded in 2006, The Next Stop provides programs where high-functioning developmentally disabled and brain injured young adults can gather to socialize, enjoy recreation and learn life application skills. The vibrant, one-of-a-kind center is small by design, but big on success. Families report that 98 percent of members have improved their social skills or remained stable since entering the program. For more information, call 404-932-3953 or visit www.thenextstop.org.

For more information on the Gwinnett Braves Grant Program, including details on how your organization can apply for future grants, call Community Relations Coordinator Alison Atkins at 678-277-0346 or email Alison.Atkins@braves.com.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Gwinnett Braves. Click here to view the original story.

Scout for fun at Fifth Third Field this summer

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Toledo-Mud-HensCalling all Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops! Back by popular demand, the Toledo Mud Hens are hosting Scout Experience Nights during the 2015 season. This is a great opportunity for scouts to watch the world famous Mud Hens in action, meet boys and girls from other troops, and have a sleepover at the ballpark!

Scout Experience Nights for Boy Scouts will be held on: May 23, June 6, June 19, July 17, July 18 and August 15. Scout Experience Nights for Girl Scouts will be held on: June 20 and August 8.

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MORE INFO ON 2015 SCOUT NIGHTS

Tickets are $10, which includes a pregame Scout Parade on the field, a ticket to the Mud Hens game as well as an awesome postgame fireworks display! Add a picnic snack voucher for $5, redeemable at the game for a hot dog, chips and soft drink. Add the sleepover adventure for $8, which includes running the bases following the fireworks, building a tent, rolling out the sleeping bag and enjoying a family-friendly movie on the video board during an overnight stay at Fifth Third Field.

Girl_ScoutsOther options include an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for $8 and Scout Night t-shirts: $12 for youth and $15 for adults.

With limited availability and the growing popularity of these events, you’ll want to make your reservations early! Call the Scout Line directly at 419-725-9292 or send an email to scouts@mudhens.com.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Toldeo Mud Hens. Click here to view the original story.

IronPigs Charities Announce Record-Setting Donations

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Grants Were Awarded during Thursday’s Phillies Winter Banquet

Lehigh-Valley-IronPigsIronPigs Charities, presented by The Air Production Foundation, a non-profit organization striving to provide educational and recreational opportunities for children in the Greater Lehigh Valley area, awarded a record-breaking 101,897.45 in cash grants to 22 non-profit organizations during Thursday’s Phillies Winter Banquet at the Sands Events Center. Since debuting in 2008, IronPigs Charities has contributed a total in excess of $750,000 in cash grants to dozens of local non-profit entities. Between the IronPigs Charities organization and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the total all-time cash distribution is nearing $1.1-million.

“The Phillies Winter Banquet, coupled with the opportunity to make meaningful donations to so many deserving local organizations, is truly the highlight of our year,” remarked IronPigs Charities President Kurt Landes. “It’s genuinely humbling to be in such a position to be able to impact our community in such a significant manner. And, the best is yet to come.”

The 2015 beneficiaries are listed below:

  • Allentown School District Foundation
  • Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council
  • Boys and Girls Club of Allentown
  • Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem
  • Boys and Girls Club of Easton
  • Center for Vision Loss
  • Community Bike Works
  • East Side Memorial Little League
  • East Side Youth Center
  • Easton Area Police Athletic League
  • Friends of Allentown Parks
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern PA
  • Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
  • Lower Macungie Athletics
  • Mikayla’s Voice
  • Miracle League of Lehigh Valley
  • Northeast Ministry
  • Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Wildlands Conservancy
  • YMCA of Bethlehem
  • YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg & Vicinity
  • Youth Education in the Arts

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., manager Ryne Sandberg along with OF Ben Revere, INF/OF Darin Ruf and RHP David Buchanan headlined the 2015 Phillies Winter Banquet presented by The Air Products Foundation, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. Other Phillies dignitaries included broadcaster Tom McCarthy, Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock and Assistant Director of Player Develoment Steve Noworyta.

The Phillies Winter Banquet beneficiary, IronPigs Charities, is a recognized 501(c) (3) non-profit organization on the state and federal level. The annual Phillies Winter Banquet is IronPigs Charities’ flagship event and all of the money raised at the event directly benefits IronPigs Charities.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Click here to view the original story.

Raise money for your non-profit organization in 2015

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Toledo-Mud-HensThe Toledo Mud Hens are once again offering a fun and exciting opportunity for organizations to raise money during games at Fifth Third Field. We are putting out a call for groups with friendly, hard-working volunteers to work the concessions stands and portable food and beverage carts during the 2015 season.

The Mud Hens are eager to partner with organizations wanting to share in our success and earn some additional funds for their cause. A group will be given the tools needed to be successful, such as training, supervision and a percentage of the sales. Each year, contributions to local non-profit organizations taking part in our fundraising program total more than $140,000.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and they must be at least 21 years old in order to sell or serve alcohol. Click for all the details on group fundraising opportunities.

Questions? Contact Corey Pleasant at 419-725-4396 or email at cpleasant@mudhens.com.
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This article originally appeared on the official website of the Toldeo Mud Hens. Click here to view the original story.

MBF Grant Application Deadline is Feb. 13

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Grant applications can be picked up at Dow Diamond or downloaded online

Great-Lakes-LoonsThe Michigan Baseball Foundation’s 2015 grant application season will be closing on Friday, February 13.

Grant applications can picked up at Dow Diamond or downloaded at Loons.com. All grant applications must be received by the Michigan Baseball Foundation via mail (825 E. Main St.; Midland, MI 48640), in person at Dow Diamond, or via email at eramseyer@loons.com.

Michigan-Baseball-FoundationMBF has awarded 209 grants totaling $721,014 to non-profit organizations across 14 counties of the Great Lakes Bay Region over the past seven years.

To be considered for a grant from MBF, the organization must meet one or more of the following guidelines, which reflect the purposes for which the Michigan Baseball Foundation operates.

– The organization contributes to regional economic development by expanding employment opportunities, and promoting the general welfare of the area.

– The organization is based in the Mid-Michigan area and serves young people.

– The funded project promotes amateur sports and fitness.

The Michigan Baseball Foundation will consider funding Mid-Michigan non-profit organizations that use the grant money to fund projects; the grants are not intended to fund day-to-day operations.

Grant recipients will be notified by mid-April 2015. Recipients will also be asked to respond to the Michigan Baseball Foundation Board of Directors on the success of the project for which the grant was used.

The Michigan Baseball Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity that was founded in 2006 to create regional economic development through creative partnerships, and to enhance the efforts of regional organizations that serve young people. The Michigan Baseball Foundation owns and operates Dow Diamond, home of the Great Lakes Loons, a Class A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

For more information contact Eric Ramseyer at 989.837.6166, or at eramseyer@loons.com.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Great Lakes Loons. Click here to view the original story.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals Announce 2015 Fundraising Information

The easiest, most popular fundraiser in the area – over $450,000 raised since the 2010 season

Northwest-Arkansas-NaturalsThe Northwest Arkansas Naturals have released their fundraising information for Season 8 of Naturals baseball at Arvest Ballpark. The Naturals fundraising program has raised over $100,000 each of the past four seasons and is available to non-profits, sports teams, school organizations, civic groups, and churches.

Fundraisers at Arvest Ballpark are offered for a pre-determined Sunday-Thursday home game. Participants will resell Naturals Reserved tickets for their pre-determined game at $8, which is $1 less than the day of game price. No deposit is required after the date is scheduled; however, we ask that a member of the fundraising group informs their Naturals rep 10-14 days before the game with the exact amount of tickets that will be needed for their game. The percentage back that is received is based upon the size of the group but can be up to 50% of the ticket total.

There is no maximum to the amount of tickets sold and the Naturals will offer prizes to all groups and their top sellers. There are different tiers based on the size of the group but prizes can include a Pre-Game or Post-Game photo on the field with your group, ten (10) person VIP Tour of Arvest Ballpark before or during the game, tickets to a future Naturals game, autograph baseball, and one (1) ceremonial first pitch at your designated fundraising date.

The Naturals will also provide ticket forms and promotional materials to assist with the group’s effort. In addition, a free Strike the Sasquatch mascot appearance is offered to groups to help promote their fundraiser at the ballpark.

The 2015 fundraising flyer is now available and can be found on our website at www.nwanaturals.com under the Groups & Events tab or by emailing us at groups@nwanaturals.com. To check date availability or if you have any questions, you can give us a call at (479) 927-4900 or visit our Administrative Offices located at Arvest Ballpark.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Click here to view the original story.

“Hit The Books” Bookmark Contest Winners

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Overall Bookmark Contest Winner will be announced February 4

Omaha-Storm-Chasers-2014The highlight of the Storm Chasers “Hit The Books” Literacy Program, the 2015 Bookmark Contest Winners have been announced out of more than 10,000 submissions. This year’s “Hit The Books” Program saw the most schools participating in its history at 52, reaching 16,583 students.

The “Hit The Books” literacy program, presented by Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, has encouraged area elementary students that reading is an essential skill to have since 2007. Teachers at each school determine four different reading goals for the program. Students who “round the bases” receive four different prizes, including the grand prize of a ticket to a 2015 Storm Chasers game.

“Hit The Books” students can also participate in the Bookmark Contest, with a winner announced for each grade level. The overall winner, whose bookmark is distributed as a prize to all students, will be one of these grade level winners selected by the Storm Chasers:

  • Kindergarten: Kara Salton – Black Elk Elementary
  • 1st Grade: Nathan Russell – Wheeler Elementary
  • 2nd Grade: Blake G. – Black Elk Elementary
  • 3rd Grade: Giuliana Gagliolo – Reeder Elementary
  • 4th Grade: Callie Kirchner – Reagan Elementary
  • 5th Grade: Jenna Christensen – Reagan Elementary
  • 6th Grade: Nick Brickman – Patriot Elementary

The announcement/presentation for the overall Bookmark Contest winner is planned for February 4.

This article originally appeared on the official website of the Omaha Storm Chasers. Click here to view the original story.