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OKC Dodgers Introduce Inaugural CommUNITY Run

Benefits OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation and OKC Police Athletic League
December 1, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY - The OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation, in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League, will host the first OKC Dodgers CommUNITY Run on March 25, 2017.  

Runners can participate in a 5K or 1K Fun Run, and all runners will receive a t-shirt and commemorative medal. Each run will start at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and end on the field.

There will be also be a special Kids Run for children ages 5-10 that will take place on the warning track inside Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Kids Run participants will receive an OKC Dodgers baseball.

Registration fees range from $5-25. All entry fees and monetary donations at the event will go directly to the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation and the OKC Police Athletic League.

Minor League Baseball launched the CommUNITY initiative in Aug. 2016 to create a call to action to encourage fans to think of ways to be a positive influence on their families and communities to help end senseless violence and discrimination. As a result, the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation and OKC Police Athletic League are partnering together to creative positive opportunities for youth in the Oklahoma City area through sports and education.

"The OKC Dodgers CommUNITY Run is more than a race," said OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation Managing Director Jennifer Van Tuyl. "It is an opportunity for the community to come together and showcase our ability to have a positive impact in the place we live and with the people that make this place so great."

The CommUNITY run will be held before the Dodgers' third annual First Look Fan Fest. All runners and spectators are encouraged to stay at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to enjoy the festivities, as the Dodgers gear up to start the team's 20th season in Bricktown.

The OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation was established in 2015 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the state of Oklahoma. Its mission is to impact the lives of the families in the state of Oklahoma, provide educational opportunities for our youth and support the first responders of our great state, through charitable contributions and programming initiatives.

The Oklahoma City Police Athletic League (OKC PAL) is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists, in partnership with the Oklahoma City Police Department, to serve students and schools in Oklahoma City. OKC PAL strives to better the relationship between police officers and kids by providing students and schools with a variety of athletic outlets, mentoring programs, and service opportunities. 

For more information about the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation and to register for the CommUNITY Run, please contact Jennifer Van Tuyl at (405) 218-2104 or [email protected]