‘Cats Care: Community Round Up

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On March 15, Pappy SouthPaw spent the morning at Crossgates Mall with his friends, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Reindeer, and the B95.5 Bee for their free Kids Club event! This year, Crossgates Mall is celebrating their 30th Anniversary!

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On March 22nd, SouthPaw and Ribbie spent some time with the Albany Symphony Orchestra for their Price Chopper “Sunday Symphonies” for Families event. The hour-long concert took place at the Palace Theater, and is meant to introduce young audiences to the wonderful world of great symphonic music.

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Each concert has a different theme, with this one fittingly known as “String Training,” playing off of baseball’s spring training.

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SouthPaw begging for candy, but wasn’t successful.

Kids Club Member Ebisa

SouthPaw & Ribbie with ValleyCats Kids Club member, Ebisa.

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On March 24, more than 65 youth baseball coaches and league representatives from the Capital District attended the ValleyCats first-ever Coach the Coach Clinic at Albany PAL Gym.

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The coaches packed the bleachers, brought their pens and notepads, and jotted down their observations, as coaches and players from Hudson Valley Community College and Albany High School provided their insight into the game we all love.

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Big thank you to Hudson Valley Community College hitting coach Brian Hamlin and pitching coach Brady Farkas, along with three HVCC players, for providing their knowledge of the game. Also, thanks goes out to AHS head coach Garett Baron, pitching coach Pat O’Connell and two Falcon players for giving their time and insight. We’ll have a more in-depth recap in a future ‘Cats Corner blog post, so stay tuned.

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The ValleyCats mascots and Sammy Baseball brought their anti-bullying skit to Carol Hill Elementary School in Troy on March 25th, during a special assembly in the school auditorium.

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Following the skit, each student recited the ValleyCats Peace Pledge, to stand up and speak out against bullying!

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The students then had a chance to take pictures and give high fives to the mascots on their way to class!

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Rowdy, Sammy Baseball, Ribbie, Spiedie the Chicken, and SouthPaw!

Here’s a brief video recap of the event from News 10 ABC:

http://www.news10.com/story/25067195/elementary-school-students-take-anti-bullying-pledge?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9983638

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The following day, SouthPaw ventured to Rensselaer Park Elementary School in Lansingburgh for their Literacy Day, visiting a few different classrooms while he was there.

Ms Wild's Class

Ms. Wild’s class

Mr Hamilton's 3rd Grade

Mr. Hamilton’s 3rd grade class

Mr Proper's 5th Grade

Mr. Proper’s 5th grade class

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Lastly, America’s Food Basket opened a new grocery store, the “Ideal Food Basket,” at 100 Broadway in Menands, and SouthPaw was there for the grand opening!

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