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Legends in the Community

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

 

Boy Scout Campout (Boy Scouts of America): On August 28th, we invited the local Boy Scouts to camp out on our field, this included sleepover and a movie. The Boy Scouts sold a whopping 764 tickets and had over 530 stay the night.

Girl Scout Campout (Girl Scouts of America): On May 8th, we invited the local Girl Scouts to camp out on our field, this included a sleepover and a movie. The Girl Scouts sold 264 tickets and had over 185 stay the night.

Breast Cancer Awareness Night (Lexington Legends): The Legends held a Breast Cancer Awareness Night on July 11th. Funds raised through an auction of pink jerseys and pink bases used during the game, along with t-shirt sales, benefited Kentucky Cancer Link, which serves breast cancer patients on a personal basis by reducing or eliminating barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment; The Markey Cancer Center, established in 1983 as a Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Susan G. Komen, the world's largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. The Legends and LBX held a lunch, with proceeds going to those same three breast cancer charities. We raised over $12,000.

Military Appreciation Night (Lexington Legends): The Legends' Military Appreciation night was held on June 13th. It included an auction of camouflage jerseys to benefit Military Missions, a local non-profit organization that supports troops in a variety of ways, including the sending of care packages. We raised over $1500.

Bark in the Park (Lexington Legends): The Legends held 10 "Bark in the Park" nights during the 2015 season, on which dog owners were invited to bring their dogs to a Legends game. The "admission" price for dogs was a donation to Kentucky SAVE. We raised over $1,100.

Legends Character Award (William Wells Brown Elementary): Every 9 weeks during the school year, 19 students from William wells Brown Elementary School are awarded the Legends Character Award---it is a motivator to the students to demonstrate good behavior and to have a great attitude. They look forward to being nominated by their classroom teachers, publicly recognized, and seeing BIG L.

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Game (Lexington Legends): The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball game is a Legends fan favorite! It takes place every year on Military Appreciation Night prior to the Legends baseball game. This is a very special way to honor the veterans that have served our country!

Guns and Hoses Softball Game (Lexington Legends): The Guns and Hoses Softball game is a fan favorite! The local fire department squares off against the local police department in a softball game and then home run derby. The loser takes home a toilet bowl seat and the winner receives a trophy!

STACHETANK (William Wells Brown): The fifth grade students from William Wells Brown have been participating in an economics unit that involved an entrepreneurial project with the Lexington Legends. Students were invited to the Ballpark and were asked to develop a product that can be given away to the fans. Students asked questions, conducted research and designed products that would be considered for the give-away. When each student had an idea of their product in mind, they each created and conducted surveys among members of the school community to determine likability. The students voted on the finalists based on an Oral Presentation. Now that the finalists are chosen, the students will be invited back to the ballpark to present their products in a Shark-Tank like fashion to the Lexington Legends and their community partners.

STACHETANK (STEAM Academy): The ninth grade students from the STEAM Academy have been participating in a project based learning unit that involved an entrepreneurial project with the Lexington Legends. The students were invited to the ballpark and asked to develop a concept for the underutilized space now known as the basketball court area. The students created design ideas based on what they would like to see in that space. They used SketchUp modeling software to create 3D models of their proposed design space, and went on to develop budgets in which they determined projected cost and a proposed plan for return on investment. Students then produced presentations to demonstrate their purpose, background, design concept and target audience. On December 11th, they presented their final projects to a panel of local partners at the STEAM Academy and they are down to the final eight! Now that the finalists have been chosen, students will be invited back to the ballpark to present their ideas in a Shark-Tank like fashion to the Lexington Legends and their community partners.

Community Organization of the Night (Lexington Legends): The Lexington Legends provide the opportunity for a local non-profit to be featured during each home game. We provide them with a table on the concourse, a pregame interview on the field, and an in game radio interview, all to help promote and inform the public about their organization.

Ballpark Tours (Lexington Legends): Groups and Organizations can get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

15 Days of Service (Lexington Legends): As part of the Lexington Legends 15th year celebration,the Legends' "15 Days of Service" campaign included volunteer work with 15 different organizations in the Lexington area. Legends players as well as front office staff volunteered over 278 hours through this initiative.

Field of Dreams (Lexington Legends): Paul Miller Ford Field of Dreams is a great program that allows a local youth baseball team to be part of every home game! As each starter for Lexington is recognized by the public address announcer and trots to his respective position, a boy or girl from a local team accompanies the player to "their" position. Each child remains with the player on the field during the National Anthem. Teams are selected at random from registrations received at Field of Dreams sponsor locations. Selected teams receive complimentary admission to the game for all team members and coaches.

Little League Clinics (Lexington Legends): The Legends host Little League Clinics throughout the season. This is a great way to involve the local little league teams and the Lexington Legends players.

Brave The Blue (Boy Scouts of America Bluegrass Council): The Legends supported the Boy Scouts through their participation in the "Brave the Blue" campaign, in which donations were raised by those who rappelled down the 30-story Financial Center building in downtown Lexington. The Legends' Big L has been among the rappellers in all four years of the campaign

Jersey Off our Back Auction (Lexington Legends): At the end of every baseball season, the Legends hold a silent auction for the home jerseys worn during the season with proceeds going to the St. Joseph Hospital Nursing Scholarship Program. We raised

Ticket Donation (United Way of the Bluegrass): The Legends and United Way are longtime partners. Donors to the annual United Way of the Bluegrass campaign receive two free box seat tickets to a Legends home game.

Hit the Books Reading Program (Lexington Legends): The Lexington Legends' "Hit the Books" Reading Program is designed to encourage students to read books in and away from school. Geared toward elementary schools, this long-standing program is going strong, in 2015 alone, we gave out 31,000 bookmarks to students in Central Kentucky.

National Anthem Auditions (Lexington Legends): Every year we hold auditions to determine our National Anthem singers for the upcoming season.

Legends Caravan (Lexington Legends): Each spring we kick off the season with a tour of Kentucky. Featuring Legends staff, players and coaches, and our fearless Legends Characters, we hope to make a stop near all of our fans!

JIF Kids Club (Lexington Legends): The JIF Kids Club is free for children 12 and under. Each member receives a membership card that is good for free admission to all Sunday games. Kids Club perks include: Running the bases, Ice Cream Social with players, Play and Catch on the field, Invitation to Player BP, and autograph sessions to name a few!

Go Red Night (American Heart Association): The American Heart Association and St. Joseph Health Care System sponsored a "Go Red" Night where fans were educated on the dangers and risks of heart disease, provided opportunities for fans to get their blood pressure checked and gave informational presentations throughout the game--the fan favorite was Big L and Pee Wee demonstrating on field the new CPR techniques.

Donation Requests (Lexington Legends): The Lexington Legends donate tickets, memorabilia or merchandise to as many organizations as possible. The tickets are used for members of the non-profit organizations or used for auctions to raise money for the organizations.

Mascot/Player Appearances (Lexington Legends): The Legends players and mascots are a staple in the Lexington community. Big L and Pee Wee even have a trailer with inflatables that they take along with them. In 2015, The Lexington Legends and players went on 230 community appearances!

Education Days (Lexington Legends): The Lexington Legends Education Days are a great way to engage students/parents/teachers for our games that take place during school/business hours. We invite teachers to bring their classes on a field trip to the ballpark and give them a baseball inspired curriculum to share with the students before they come.

 


 

 

For more information on any of these programs, please call Rebecca Barnes, the Legends Director of Community Relations at 859-422-7855. The Legends strive to better the Lexington community through these great programs and we hope you take part in all the Legends have to offer.

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