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Emeralds and Wildish Ready to Hit a Home Run in Reading
02/27/2017 5:52 PM ET

The Eugene Emeralds are thrilled to announce they are partnering with Wildish to bring back Sluggo's Home Run Reading Program. This program is designed to motivate students to become better readers, and allows them the opportunity to earn tickets to watch the 2016 Northwest League Champion Eugene Emeralds this summer. 

So far over 30 schools have signed up for the program. Sluggo and some members of the Emeralds front office will be visiting the schools to get students excited about reading and put on an interactive performance of "Casey's Revenge." At the end of the assembly, participating teachers will give their students a 10-task reading goal, which students will track with an Emeralds bookmark. 

Students who complete their bookmarks receive two free tickets to a Eugene Emeralds baseball game this summer. In addition to the tickets, students will be invited to their game early for the chance to go down onto the field of PK Park and have the chance to meet some of the 2017 Emeralds players! 

"The Reading Program is a great way for us to send a positive message to young students," said Emeralds General Manager Allan Benavides. "We are so excited to be co-sponsoring this program with Wildish this year. They are an amazing hometown, community driven company and we are thrilled to have then on the team this year." 

The Emeralds will be updating the progress of Sluggo's Home Run Reading Challenge through social media. Be sure to follow the Ems on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Over 40 schools in the Eugene/Springfield area will be participating in the Home Run Reading Challenge this year. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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