Community Impact: In-Game
Off-The-Back Jersey Auctions
This year, the Flying Squirrels generated almost $9,000 during the 2013 season through five off-the back jersey auctions to benefit Metropolitan Junior Baseball, the Coach Keyes Memorial Scholarship Fund, Hanover Arc, Special Olympics Virginia, and the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Fans enjoy seeing the team wear the themed jerseys and have the chance to bid on their own through the auctions, both silent and live. At the conclusion of each game, fans are brought onto the field to receive their jersey, take photos, and get players' autographs.
DAD's Day Event - Benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The Richmond Flying Squirrels partnered with Sports Radio 910am and on-air host Wes McElroy on June 14th for DAD's Day (Dollars against Diabetes). Proceeds from the week-long effort totaled $4,000 and benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Drives at The Diamond
Book Drive - Books donated benefited Herma's Readers on Virginia Tech night to benefit VT Head Football Coach Frank Beamer's favorite charity. Canned Soup Drive - As part of the appearance by the "Soup Nazi" from TV's "Seinfeld" soup was collected to benefit the Central VA Food Bank. Drive for 100K Meals - Nonperishable food items were collected through Puritan Cleaner's 100K Meals program to benefit the Central VA Food Bank. Peanut Butter Drive - Raised nearly 500 pounds of peanut butter for the Central VA Food Bank on Tribute to Peanut Night.Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive - Partnered with First Capital Bank fans donated new items for area school children. Blood Drives - Blood donated benefited Virginia Blood Services and the American Red Cross. Good Deeds Night - Donations taken for Locks of Love, Safe Harbor, Virginia Blood Services and Saxon Shoes for individuals throughout Greater Richmond.
Community Organizations Concourse Table Exhibits
Over 400 community organizations participated in the Flying Squirrels concourse tabling program in 2013. Featured organizations included business partners, non-profits, fundraiser groups, clubs, civic organizations and scouts. Participants showcased their products, services and initiatives to fans throughout the course of the season.
Community Impact: Outside the Game
The Flying Squirrels celebrated their second Squirreloween event on Thursday November 1st. Nutzy's Halloween party included trick or treating through the suites, face painting, local mascots, costume contests, petting zoo and hayrides around the field!
Ballpark Warming Party - Benefited Puritan Cleaners' Coats for Kids
The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Puritan Cleaners collected over 800 coats during a four-hour period on Saturday November 17th, 2012 as part of the Third Annual Ballpark Warming Party and Coats for Kids Drive. The event included live music, sampling of new concessions items, and much more. All fans who donated coats received raffle tickets and were eligible to enter a free raffle with unique items and experiences.
Nutzy's Winter Funn Fest & Nutzy's Rotary Funn Run - Benefited Toys for Tots, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Richmond and First Things First of Greater Richmond
The Richmond Flying Squirrels' Nutzy's Winter Funn Fest and Fourth Annual Toys for Tots Party was held on November 30th, 2012 as fans donated new unwrapped toys to the United States Marine Corps's Toys for Tots campaign and picked up their registrations for the Funn Run. The party also included appearances by Santa Claus and "Parney the Elf", photos with Nutzy and Santa, and much more.
The inaugural Nutzy's Rotary Funn Run was held the next morning, December 1st, 2012, and participants ran a 5K course that included portions of the Richmond Christmas Parade route.
Annual Hot Stove Banquet - Benefited Coach Paul Keyes Memorial Scholarship Fund
On January 31, 2013, the Richmond Flying Squirrels held their 3rd Annual Hot Stove Banquet at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center. The event was full of baseball celebrities, including former San Francisco Giants player Will Clark and several former and current Flying Squirrels players. The star-studded evening benefited the Coach Keyes Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides continuing scholarship opportunities to baseball players at Virginia Commonwealth University in the memory of the late VCU Baseball Coach Paul Keyes. The event raised over $20,000.
Richmond Flying Squirrels players and staff members held Camp Warrior on August 31st, 2013 at The Diamond. Camp Warrior aimed to give kids with autism the chance to attend a baseball camp and receive instruction from elite baseball players. Campers had 1.5 hours of instruction and then were able to visit with the players and our mascot, Nutzy the Flying Squirrel. After learning basic baseball rules and fundamentals, the campers played a game with the Flying Squirrels players and coaches. They also were given tickets to the August 31st Flying Squirrels game vs. Harrisburg with post-game fireworks.
Speakers, Mascots & Player Appearances
The Flying Squirrels mascots and staff made over 500 community appearances in 2013 ranging from schools to festivals and nonprofit organizations. The Flying Squirrels players participated in nearly 100 hours of community service including appearances at schools and camps. Nutzy, Parker, and the front office staff made over 400 local appearances in 2013. Staff members conducted speaking engagements to civic organizations, sports marketing classes, DECA classes, career days, AMA events and churches.