SeaWolves in the Community
The Erie SeaWolves annually contribute more than $250,000 in goods, services and contributions to support charitable efforts in the greater Erie region. In 2015, the SeaWolves received the Times Publishing Company's Commitment to Erie Award for Community Service. During that same year, the SeaWolves announced an expansion of its community outreach efforts through the creation of the SeaWolves Community Fund.
SeaWolves Community Fund
The SeaWolves Community Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and adults in the greater Erie region. The SeaWolves Community Fund places a special emphasis on supporting youth programs focused on baseball, education, and wellness by developing partnerships with those who share in our mission.
Thanks to the support of loyal fans and sponsors, the SeaWolves impact the quality of life in northwest Pennsylvania in many ways including:
Youth Baseball Sponsorships: The SeaWolves sponsor multiple youth baseball and softball teams in Northwest Pennsylvania. In conjunction with MECA, Inc., the SeaWolves are raising funds to build a synthetic playing field in Erie for Miracle League players of all abilities. For more details on the team's efforts to build a Miracle League Field, click here.
Good Deeds Day: In partnership with Erie Federal Credit Union, the SeaWolves collect a variety of items needed by non-profit organizations in the Erie region. Fans who donate an item at the game receive a complimentary reserved seat ticket to the SeaWolves' Fan Appreciation Night game.
UPMC Health Plan Paint the Park Pink Weekend: The SeaWolves and UPMC Health Plan team up annually to wear pink, raise breast cancer awareness, and generate funds for the Regional Cancer Center. The ballpark is decorated in pink ribbons, balloons, and streamers to show support to those who have battled breast cancer. The weekend includes a silent auction and a nightly raffle to benefit the cause.
C. Wolf's Healthy Challenge: C. Wolf's Healthy Challenge is a community wellness initiative conducted by the Erie SeaWolves with support from UPMC Health Plan. This interactive program is designed to educate students in grades K-5 on the importance of balancing diet and an active lifestyle to achieve wellness. The front office staff and mascot of the SeaWolves visits schools in Northwest Pennsylvania to discuss healthy choices that the students (and C. Wolf) can make. At the conclusion of each presentation, students can complete a checklist of healthy action to earn a pair of tickets to a SeaWolves baseball game compliments of UPMC Health Plan.
All Abilities Baseball Games: Twice per season, the SeaWolves host guests with disabilities from MECA and The Achievement Center to play ball prior to a home game.
Sensory Friendly Day at the Ballpark: Many individuals with autism have sensory processing issues. To accommodate this special need, the SeaWolves lower the master audio level of the public address system and reduce the frequency of sound effects and crowd prompts. The Autism Society of NWPA sells tickets to raise funds and its members participate in the team's pre-game High 5 tunnel. The team also provides a complimentary suite to serve as a sensory break area for families who need an environment without the audio and visual stimuli of the ballpark.
Highmark Caring Place Day: Highmark Caring Place is a center for families coping with grief and loss. The SeaWolves provide Highmark Caring Place with a platform to recognize volunteers and explain its mission to fans at an early summer game. The SeaWolves have also worn custom blue caps to generate awareness for Highmark Caring Place.
Strike Out Poverty: The SeaWolves used a sponsorship with Hagan Business Machines to raise money for each strikeout by a SeaWolves pitcher. Hagan makes a $1.50 donation to United Way of Erie County for each strikeout by the SeaWolves.
Gloves for Kids: Northwest and the Erie SeaWolves are teaming up all season long to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment. All items collected will be donated to local youth sports organizations in the greater Erie region. Click Here for More Info
Bat for the Cure Night: The SeaWolves provide Ed Randall's Fans for the Cure with display space and PA announcements to encourage screenings for prostate cancer. The SeaWolves players wear baby blue wristbands on the field to generate awareness for the cause.
Light the Night (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society): The SeaWolves provide use of UPMC Park for the annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night. Staff assisted in the setup, execution, and tear down of the event.
My Bike Program (Variety, The Children's Charity): In conjunction with Highmark and Saint Vincent Hospital, adaptive bicycles were presented to individuals with disabilities before SeaWolves game.
Stuff the Batter's Box (Second Harvest Food Bank): On the first day of individual ticket sales, SeaWolves fans can donate non-perishable food items to the Second Harvest Food Bank for a chance to win prizes.
Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Game: The SeaWolves host an annual softball between local police and fire personnel to raise funds for NAMI of Erie County to serve families facing mental illness.
Tickets for Veterans: Each season, the SeaWolves collect donations to bring local veterans to the ballpark on Military Appreciation Night.
Awareness Nights: Since 1995, the SeaWolves have teamed up with non-profit and community organizations to help create awareness with events such as UPMC Health Plan Paint the Park Pink Weekend, Strike Out Stroke Night, and many more. The team has also held recognition events for teachers, first responders and military personnel.
FUNdraising Program: The SeaWolves FUNdraising program helps non-profit groups in the Erie area raise money through the sale of SeaWolves tickets. The SeaWolves sell tickets to community organizations at a special rate and the group then sells the tickets at face value.
Here's how you can get involved:
- SeaWolves Speakers Bureau - Bring the excitement of the ballpark to your next event!
- Request a Donation - Request tickets or an experience to raise funds for a charitable cause.
- Tickets for Veterans - Your cash donations help recognize the sacrifices of those who have served at the team's annual Military Appreciation Night.
- Launch-a-Ball - Fans love to play Launch-a-Ball for the chance to win prizes. Your non-profit organization can sell numbered tennis balls at a SeaWolves game and earn 25% of the Launch-a-Ball revenue generated for your designated game.
- 50/50 - On select dates, your 501(c)(3) organization can sell 50/50 raffle tickets at the game.
Questions? Call the Erie SeaWolves at 814-456-1300 for more information.