Starting May 5th until the Emeralds Opening Day on June 15th, the Eugene Emeralds will be hosting their first used baseball and softball equipment drive. The Emeralds are encouraging fans to donate their gently used gloves, bats, helmets and baseballs. Fans who donate will receive a voucher good for a box seat for the Emeralds Opening Day Weekend in June.
All the equipment received from the drive will be used to help teach baseball and softball skills to kids in Lane County. The Emeralds strive to encourage the youth of Eugene and Springfield to live healthy and active lifestyles, and with the collection of equipment they will be able to make baseball and softball more accessible to those who might not have been able to enjoy the sport.
"Baseball and softball is such a fun sport, but it can also be expensive," said Community Relations Manager Anne Culhane. "We just want the chance to bring the sport to those kids who have never had a glove or picked up a bat before, and help them fall in love with the game."
"I have a son in baseball, and I know I have gloves and bats all over the house that he has outgrown," said Emeralds General Manager Allan Benavides. "This is a great way for families to do a little spring cleaning and give back at the same time."
Fans can bring their gently used equipment to the Ticket Office, off Martin Luther King Blvd, starting 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. on May 5th at the Emeralds Ticket Release Block Party, or Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans who donate will be given a voucher for a ticket to the Emeralds Opening Day Weekend, starting June 15th thru June 19th.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.