AKRON, OH – August 1, 2013 – Many of us have seen someone we care for deteriorate at the hands of a disease that infiltrates his or her body and wreaks havoc for many years. The fight against multiple sclerosis, one such disease, hits particularly close to home for the Akron Racers, since many of the front office staff and interns know someone who fought or is the middle of a fight against MS.
In their second-to-last homestand of the 2013 season, the Racers will turn their Season of Caring fundraising efforts towards the fight against multiple sclerosis by collecting donations and money in support of the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
If fans use the promo code “MS” when purchasing tickets for the Racers’ series against the Chicago Bandits from August 8-11, the Racers will donate half of the ticket price to the Buckeye Chapter. Tickets are still available for all four games and can be purchased online at akronracers.org or by calling the ticket office at (330) 376-8188. The Racers will also run several other fundraising promotions during the four games. When fans purchase an orange slushie at the main concession stand, a portion of the price will benefit the Buckeye Chapter.
During the entire series, the Buckeye Chapter will have an information table near the main concourse of the stadium, where they will accept donations for their annual holiday gift bag program. Every holiday season, the chapter distributes small gift bags to MS patients in nursing homes, and fans are encouraged to bring donations of gender-neutral personal hygiene items to be included in these bags. Personal hygiene items should be in their original packaging and include: socks or slipper socks, shower gel, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and Kleenex. Donations of other small items such as picture frames, small photo albums, water bottles with long straws, large font cards and notepads, large font magazines and books, and small decorations for a room in a nursing home will also be accepted.
The first game of the series on Thursday, August 8 is Social Media Night, and fans are encouraged to share their personal stories or stories of friends and family fighting MS via Twitter, Facebook, and Vine to raise awareness. The next evening is 70’s Night, and fans will have the chance to vote on the final 70’s song of the evening by placing donations in the bucket of the song of their choice. The song with the most money in its bucket will win and be played at the end of the game. August 10 is College ID Night/Gionino’s Night, and the Racers will continue to collect donations while encouraging fans to come out to the ballpark decked out in their college colors. The final game of the series on Sunday, August 11 at 2:05 p.m. is Mascot Mania, Zoo Day, and Pepsi Kids Day. The game’s promotional activities will feature mascots from a variety of local organizations and the Howls and Growls performance team from the Akron Zoo.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick off their 12th season of play in 2013.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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Written by Nina Zimmerman