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Spikes School Programs


The State College Spikes mascots, players and front office staff are ready to come to your school! Through the years, over 40 elementary, middle school and high schools participated in one of the Spikes designated school programs. The Spikes offer a variety of different school programs, each using the Spikes brand of fun entertainment to deliver an educational message to students.

How do the Spikes School Programs work?
The Spikes provide a free assembly and complimentary baseball tickets as an incentive to promote education, reading, positive behavior, proper nutrition, exercise or environmentally-friendly behavior. Ike the Spike and the Spikes staff will perform assemblies to an entire school or to single classrooms.

Is there any cost?
No, the Spikes school programs are completely free of charge for all participants and schools. The Spikes take great pride in giving back to the local community through our school programs.

How do I schedule a Spikes School Program?
Contact the Spikes at 814-272-1711 or e-mail to set up a time and select a program that works for your school's curriculum!


2018 School Programs


  • Healthy Home Runs presented by Mount Nittany Health - The Spikes and Mount Nittany Health are offering this school program, which is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and physical activity. Ike the Spike and representatives from Mount Nittany Health will visit schools to hold a kick-off assembly (which can be held outside or inside). During the assembly, K-6 students will be educated on the importance of exercise and nutrition before having the opportunity to take "Ike's Fun Fit Challenge." Students who complete the simple and fun physical fitness challenge will be rewarded with one complimentary Bullpen Box ticket and an on-field recognition ceremony during the Spikes' Healthy Home Runs Day at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park (date TBA)!
  • "Head Above Water" presented by the State College Borough Water Authority - The State College Borough Water Authority and The State College Spikes have partnered to implement a youth water conservation awareness program, "Head Above Water." Ike the Spike, along with a representative from the State College Borough Water Authority, will be educating students on the importance of water conservation and the effects it can have. The program is an initiative that will encourage students to practice good water conservation habits by rewarding them with a free Spikes ticket upon completion of the program. Participating students will receive a special baseball card to help remind them how to conserve water. Any participating student that completes the water conservation program under the supervision of his or her teacher and/or parent will earn one free ticket to a 2018 State College Spikes baseball game. The program includes a free assembly and water conservation presentation with Ike the Spike and the State College Borough Water Authority at any of the participating schools!

  • Books and Baseball Program presented by BB&T - The Spikes and BB&T have partnered for the Books and Baseball reading program for the 2018 season. This program encourages students to complete a reading program by rewarding them with free Spikes tickets upon completion. Participating students will receive a special bookmark to keep track of the books they read. Any participating student that reads four books under the supervision of their teacher or parent will earn one free ticket for a designated Books and Baseball game during the 2018 season (three dates TBA). At those games, participants will be honored from the field for their participation and completion of the programs. The program includes a free assembly and reading presentation with the BB&T Nookie Monster at any of the participating schools. Books and Baseball is designed for students in grades K-8.

  • Spikes Essay Contest presented by the Centre Daily Times - The Spikes Essay Contest is for K-8 students to creatively share their experiences and thoughts about the State College Spikes through pictures or essays. The contest is divided into three different grade levels: K-1, 2-4 and 5-8. Students in kindergarten through first grade are encouraged to include drawings along with one sentence for the theme "My favorite thing about baseball." The second to fourth grade group will be asked to write a short essay entitled "A day in the life of Ike the Spike" Fifth to eighth graders will be encouraged to write a 300 or less word essay entitled "What I would like to see at a Spikes game." A winning essay will be chosen in each of the three age groups and those winners will earn tickets to a 2018 Spikes home game for their entire grade and have their essays published in a local newspaper. The submission deadline for the Spikes Essay Contest is June 1.

Teachers or parents with questions about any of the Spikes' 2018 school programs can contact the spikes at (814) 272-1711 or e-mail the Spikes here.