SAN BERNARDINO - The Inland Empire 66ers organization, including staff and players, joined North Park Elementary School on May 26, 2017, in an abundance of outdoor activities for their annual end of the year Field Day event.
After the elementary school endured a tragic event this April, the 66ers made it a priority to offer any support that they could to the school and its students. "It was important for us as an organization and a team to offer to help put some fun and excitement back in to the school day for these students," explained Ryan English, Assistant General Manager.
After short discussion with the San Bernardino Unified School District, and the North Park Elementary staff, there was no hesitation that Field Day would serve as the best event for the 66ers organization to get involved with. Field Day, consisted of numerous outdoor activities for the students to participate in. Activities included dodgeball, tug-of-war, basketball, volleyball, tetherball, hockey, and many others outdoor games.
The 66ers staff and full team, including all players and coaching staff, split up and to participate in any, and all games with the students. "For us to go out there was great, I think we had just as much fun as they did," 66ers infielder Jake Yacinich explained, "they had smiles on their faces, and for us to be able to do that is really good for us, as well as good for them."
Not only did the staff and players get to enjoy their time with North Park Elementary, but the 66ers beloved mascots Bernie and Slick attended, as well as the mascots from the neighboring teams, The Lake Elsinore Storm and The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. "It was a great for us to come together as a minor league baseball community for these kids, the mascots were the stars of the show," said 66ers general manager Joe Hudson.
The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino baseball team are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, serving the Inland Empire community with family friendly entertainment.