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Curve, Pa. Blue-Out Saturdays

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ALTOONA, Pa. - The Altoona Curve and six other minor league baseball teams in Pennsylvania will team up against child abuse during the upcoming 2012 baseball season in conjunction with Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania (PCA PA), the non-profit announced today.

Beginning with the Curve's first Saturday home game on April 7, the team, PCA PA, and affiliated local agencies will raise awareness and funds in the effort to prevent children from being abused. "Curve, PA Blue Out Saturdays" will be conducted during all eleven Saturday home games at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona. Among the awareness efforts, the Curve will wear specially-designed blue jerseys for Saturday home games. In addition, the Curve's front office staff and game day staff members will wear blue. Fans will also be encouraged to dress in blue apparel to show their support of the cause.

The Curve and PCA PA will have a variety of ways at each of the eleven games for fans to donate. PCA PA's blue pinwheels, a symbol of the carefree childhood each child deserves, and wristbands and "Curve, PA Blue Out Saturdays" t-shirts will be available with all proceeds going directly to PCA PA. Fans will also be able to participate in a "Text-to-Give" program as promoted on the Peoples Natural Gas Field video board and public address system. Moreover, a portion of the proceeds from cotton candy sales and online ticket sales for the Saturday games will also be directed to PCA PA.

The "Curve, PA Blue Out Saturdays" will culminate on the team's final home Saturday - August 25. During that game a pinwheel garden signifying the number of pinwheels sponsored will be displayed. The special blue jerseys worn by the team each home Saturday will also be auctioned off to fans. The winning bidders will have the opportunity to receive their jerseys directly from the players in a post-game ceremony which will also include autograph and photo opportunities. Following the jersey auction, the Curve will announce the amount of money raised for PCA PA with the season-long effort.

"Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies, and his wife Johari serve as the spokespersons for PCA PA and we're delighted to extend our relationship with baseball to the minor leagues," said PCA PA Interim Executive Director Janet Rosenzweig.  "These clubs give us great geographic representation across the state during April's Child Abuse Prevention Month and beyond."

The Curve are just one of seven affiliated minor league teams in Pennsylvania participating in some way with PCA PA this season. The Erie SeaWolves, Harrisburg Senators, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Reading Phillies, State College Spikes, and Williamsport Crosscutters will also be holding awareness and fundraising efforts at their home ballparks at various points during the 2012 season.

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Prevent Child Abuse PA is committed to preventing the abuse and neglect of all children in Pennsylvania, and ensure that all Pennsylvanians know the role they play in keeping children safe, families healthy and communities strong. Learn more at www.PreventChildAbusePA.org

PCA PA is an affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America and a program of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics - a 501c3 non-profit organization of pediatricians dedicated to the optimal health, safety and well-being of infants, children and adolescents. The PA AAP is registered with the PA Dept of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Learn more at www.paaap.org.

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