The Albuquerque Isotopes, in conjunction with their Major League partner the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be making a donation of $10,000 to The Taylor Hooton Foundation. The presentation will be made prior to Friday night's game vs. the Nashville Sounds.
The Taylor Hooton Foundation (www.taylorhooton.org ) is dedicated to fighting the abuse of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) among America's youth. The Taylor Hooton Foundation was formed in February 2004 after the tragic loss of Taylor, a high school athlete in Texas.
"Amid all the national attention the Isotopes have received this week with Manny Ramirez's appearance, we have not lost focus on the danger of performance enhancing drugs in our sport," said Isotopes President Ken Young. "We are pleased to make this contribution to help educate kids about the danger of drugs in our communities."
The Isotopes have already sold in excess of 50,000 tickets for this four-game series, a franchise record for a four-game set. These sales have come even without confirmation of how many games Ramirez was scheduled to play in Albuquerque.
The Isotopes and the THF will host a "Hoot's Chalk Talk" event at Isotopes Park at some point this summer. This program has been developed to educate youth on the dangers of PEDs in sports. The clinic involves on-field instruction with kids and "adult-level" discussion in the stands with parents and coaches. Details regarding dates and content will be forthcoming.
Tickets for any Isotopes game may be purchased at the Isotopes Park Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or on-line www.albuquerquebaseball.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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