February 2014

‘Cats introduce Education Day at “The Joe!”

As part of our initiative to “Create Fans for Life,” we’ve decided to devote a home game during the upcoming season to the youth of the Capital Region. We’ll host Education Day at “The Joe” on Tuesday, June 17, with the baseball game that morning serving as the background to an all-encompassing educational field trip opportunity for local schools.

We’ve created a curriculum that includes character development and anti-bullying facets, as well as more traditional educational subject matter as it relates to the game of baseball. The character development aspect will build on the ValleyCats’ existing “Strike Out Bullying” program that features interactive in-school assemblies, a uniquely created “Peace Pledge” and a custom activity book.

The program will be rounded out with fun activities to educate students in areas such as mathematics, history and geography, while demonstrating their real world applications. This will include items on the geometry and dimensions of the field, player statistics and mileage charts for travel between the various cities throughout the New York-Penn League, along with historical ties to baseball in the Capital Region.

Here is some additional information on this event:

  • This curriculum and the various corresponding activities will be available for teachers to use in the classroom via download on the ValleyCats website (www.tcvalleycats.com) beginning in March. It will also be incorporated into the game day entertainment and experience at the ballpark on June 17.
  • Tickets will be $10.00 per student which includes a seat for the game and lunch. The lunch menu will comply with the USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals.

We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for students throughout the region to learn more in-depth information about baseball and its ties to the Capital Region. Our hope is that we can pack the stadium with students and teachers, and provide them a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience.

The ValleyCats front office, along with loveable mascot SouthPaw and his friends, will create an atmosphere of inclusion, education and fun.

The ValleyCats are currently seeking community-minded corporate partners to help offset some of the costs for schools which may need assistance with transportation or other field trip costs. To learn more about Education Day at “The Joe,” contact the ValleyCats front office at 629-2287. As we join forces with local school districts, this unique opportunity figures to be a staple for years to come!

Helping Hands

Last Friday, members of our front office took some time to cook and serve lunch for members of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany.

The Interfaith Partnership is such a vital part of our local community, as they are dedicated to addressing the needs of the homeless and low-income community.

They provide great services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability. These include housing, health and wellness, and youth programs just to name a few.

Lunch was absolutely delicious! Our menu included baked ziti and meatballs, salad, steamed green beans, and cookies for desert!

Here are a few photos:

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Ryan and Dianna prepping the food

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Jess cooking the green beans

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Michelle, Chris and Jess serving

For more information on the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, visit http://www.interfaithpartnership.com/

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