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'Cats in the Community

In 2012 the ValleyCats were honored by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce with the Van Rensselaer Small Business Award, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to area communities.

Charitable Contributions
This past season the ValleyCats donated to over 350 charitable organizations including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Arthritis Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Capital District YMCA, Community Hospice, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation of NENY, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Kidney Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics and many more.

Mascot & Player Appearances
SouthPaw, players and front office staff made over 100 appearances throughout the Capital Region in 2012. Stops included reading appearances with the NY529 College Savings Program as well as appearances at local colleges, high schools, elementary schools, after-school programs, charity benefits and more. SouthPaw also participated in numerous walks, 5K’s and tossed several first pitches at Little League Opening Days.

Community Grounds Crew
In 2012 the ValleyCats teamed up with BlueShield of Northeastern New York to create the Community Grounds Crew. This crew assists in renovating youth fields from April through September that kicks of with the '4 in 24' Extreme Field Renovation. The '4 in 24' was also supported by Pioneer Bank. In 2011 the ValleyCats partnered with Friendly's, Price Chopper, CDTA and The Brickman Group to hold the first ever ‘4 in 24’. This ambitious program saw the ‘Cats renovate four youth baseball fields in just twenty-four hours. The ‘Cats have officially renovated ten youth baseball fields and assisted with numerous other field maintenance projects since their 2002 arrival in the Capital Region. Renovations have taken place throughout the area including Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Cohoes, Watervliet, Lansingburgh, Saratoga and Clifton Park.

Click here to visit the ValleyCats Community Grounds Crew page

Baseball Clinics
During the 2012 season the ValleyCats players and staff donated their time to host baseball clinics. Chevy Youth Baseball held a free youth clinic at "The Joe" on August 19. CAP COM Federal Credit Union and the ValleyCats held clinics at Troy Central Little League and Vanderheyden Hall. At these clinics, the children learned basic baseball skills and had interactive sessions with professional ballplayers. The ‘Cats also hosted two in depth baseball camps at “The Joe” with specialized instruction.

Drug Free Capital District
The ValleyCats partnered with the Rensselaer County District Attorney offices in 2012 to bring family friendly activities to the ballpark including on-field presentations, free tickets and meals for Capital District children, and quizzes on special nights to help parents and children start conversations regarding drug abuse.

Community Outreach at the Ballpark
Each season the ValleyCats partner with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and a local company, Rensselaer Honda, for the Pass the Plate promotion. This season-long promotion tallied all the runs the ValleyCats scored at home with Rensselaer Honda making a monetary donation to the food bank based on that number.

In 2012, the Tri-City ValleyCats teamed up yet again with BlueShield of Northeastern New York to strike out bullying with the
K’s for Kids program
. For each strikeout ValleyCats pitchers recorded at home, BlueShield donated ten dollars to the Capital District YMCA to help fund the Y’s Reach Out for Youth Scholarship Program. The ValleyCats and BlueShield also collaborated on a activity book designed to help children understand what bullying is and how to treat others.

Click here to visit the Official K's for Kids page