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Legends win community service award
09/04/2013 11:26 PM ET

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Lexington Legends have been named the Community Service Organization of the Year by the South Atlantic League. The award was one of the league's Outstanding Achievement Awards, which are announced annually following the conclusion of the regular season. 

The Community Service award was presented for the first time in 2013, and recognizes a club's charitable and philanthropic contributions to their community.

Through the first 12 years of their history, the Legends contributed a total of more than $11 million to hundreds of charitable organizations in central and eastern Kentucky. The Legends Community Organization of the Night program puts a charitable organization in the spotlight at every home game, and numerous special events and fund-raisers are held at Whitaker Bank Ballpark throughout the year.

In addition, the Legends have established partnerships with Chambers of Commerce in central and eastern Kentucky, and have supported and welcomed youth baseball teams and coaches, religious organizations and other non-profit entities throughout the region.

"Being involved in the community is not only part of the Lexington Legends philosophy and mission statement, but it is also a part of the life of each individual that works 12 months a year representing the Legends," said Legends President and COO Andy Shea. "Every single employee works diligently with the community to provide a one of a kind, clean, safe, and family-oriented experience at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. It's an honor to be recognized by our peers in the South Atlantic League for this prestigious award."

Each of the 14 South Atlantic League teams, along with field managers and umpires, participated in the voting.

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