Stache Tank is back.
The Lexington Legends are holding another round of Stache Tank competition, as students on the elementary, middle school and high school levels compete on a variety of project designs connected to Legends baseball at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Stache Tank follows a format similar to the popular television program "Shark Tank," in which entrepreneurs present their ideas to a panel of potential investors. The Legends call the competition "'Stache Tank" in recognition of the team's mustache logo.
Teams of students at William Wells Brown Elementary, Crawford Middle School, and Bryan Station High School have been competing with each other at their schools to determine finalists. The finalists will make presentations January 20 and 27 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to a panel of judges made up of community leaders and Legends officials.
Teams of Bryan Station students are developing a promotional video for 2017 and ideas for Opening Day of the Legends home season April 13. Opening Day theme ideas include #Lex Glow, Facial Hair, A Legendary Rave, and Kentucky Pride. The Bryan Station High School teams will make their presentations in the Barney Miller Executive Boardroom at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m.
The William Wells Brown students are working on a giveaway item that fans would receive at the Legends home game April 16. The students have done research on several items, including a hat with sunglasses attached, a lunch box, headphones, a bandana and a water bottle infuser. The William Wells Brown Elementary teams will make their presentations in the Barney Miller Executive Boardroom at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Friday, January 20 at 11 a.m.
Crawford Middle School students are creating a specialty food item to be served in the Kentucky Ale Taproom. Among the early contenders: a mustache ice cream sandwich for two, fried bacon wrapped chicken bites, lasagna bites on a stick, walking nacho, and a breakfast burger with fries. The Crawford Middle School teams will make their presentations in the Barney Miller Executive Boardroom at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Friday, January 27 at 2 p.m.
"It's been fun watching the wheels turn in the student's minds," said Crawford Principal Mike Jones. "I have been challenging them to think big. I feel as though sometimes we do not allow our students opportunities to think outside the box enough. I actually told our students, create a new box if you want. The food items are creative and the initial taste tests were delicious.
"I think the kids are excited that they have an opportunity to present an idea and have it on such a large scale," he added.
Judges will include Morgan Reaguer of G & J Pepsi; Cynthia Kendrick, Katie O'Malley and Ben McBrayer of Zipie, a digital marketing and social media management company; First District Councilmember James Brown; Phil Holoubek, president of Lexington's Real Estate Company, and Gary Cremeans, United Way of the Bluegrass.
"It's been wonderful working with all the students and teachers at each of the participating schools," said Legends Vice President for Business Development Sarah Bosso. "Challenging the students to think with a business mind while also providing them with first hand real world experiences has been quite rewarding for the Legends as a company. We are excited to see what projects will be chosen and then implemented into our season."
For more information, contact Dominique Neel at (859) 422-7851 or Sarah Bosso at (859) 422-7855.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.