Emeralds Set to Hit a Home Run in Reading

By Eugene Emeralds | March 18, 2019 12:23 PM

The Eugene Emeralds are excited to announce they are once again partnering with Oregon Medical Group and Wildish for Sluggo's Home Run Reading Challenge. Starting this week, the program is designed to motivate students to become better readers by completing reading assignments to earn free Ems tickets!

Last year, 56 schools signed up for the Reading Challenge and a record 11,528 completed the program. "The growth of the Reading Program over the 10 years here at PK Park has been incredible," said Ems Assistant General Manager Matt Dompe. "It is one of our biggest community outreach programs year after year, and it's a great way to kick off the Emeralds season with games filled with kids that completed the reading challenge."

For 2019, the new and improved Reading Challenge assembly will take on a Super Hero theme as Sluggo travels faster than a speeding green bear all over Lane County to spread the joy of reading. At the end of the assembly, teachers will give their students a 10-task reading goal, which students will track with a Sluggo-themed 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 go down onto the field at PK Park and have a chance to meet some of the 2019 Emeralds players!

"We are committed to helping build healthier communities, and the connection between literacy and health is strong. Oregon Medical Group is excited to once again be part of Sluggo's Home Run Reading Challenge. It motivates kids to read, and it gets them out to a ballgame - that's a pretty healthy combination." says Josh Cox, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  

The Emeralds and OMG will be updating the progress of Sluggo's Home Run Reading Challenge through social media posts all spring so be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

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