The Maine Children's Cancer Program is the official charity of the Portland Sea Dogs. The Strike Out Cancer in Kids program helps raise funds for the organization through generous pledges for every strikeout that is recorded by Sea Dogs' pitchers. The program has raised nearly $5 million. See how you can help.
Sea Dogs in the Community
When the Portland Sea Dogs were established, the team had a goal of being more than just a baseball team, the organization wanted to become a strong, active, contributing member of the community. Over the years the Sea Dogs have accomplished this in many ways including ticket donations, creating educational programs, speaking at civic organizations, visiting hospitals, and much more. Here is a small sampling of some of our community programs.
Each season the Sea Dogs host several free youth baseball clinics at Hadlock Field. Sea Dogs players are on hand to teach the fundamentals of hitting, pitching, outfielding, and infielding.
The Portland Sea Dogs and NextGen 529 will honor area students for being their classes' Most Improved Student. The program is open to students in grades K-12. Each teacher may nominate one student from his or her classroom. The student selected receives a complimentary ticket to a game and is presented with a certificate from the Sea Dogs recognizing their accomplishment. The students are recognized in a pre-game ceremony and have their name displayed on the outfield scoreboard.
Schools throughout Maine and New Hampshire may choose to purchase tickets for their students at the lowest possible discounted rate. Depending on the ticket option selected, schools become eligible to either sing the National Anthem or Take Me Out to the Ballgame or select a participant to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. Schools that qualify may also request a Sea Dogs player come to visit their school to talk about the importance of education, saying no to drugs and alcohol and what it is like to be a professional athlete. NextGen 529 supports this effort.
The Sea Dogs Mother's Day 5K raises money for Maine breast cancer patients and research. A near-capacity field of 3,000 runners participate each year, making it one of the largest 5K's in the state. Join Slugger and his mom for this fun, family oriented race that finishes inside of Hadlock Field.
The annual Slugger Open golf tournament benefits the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. Play golf with your friends, family, and coworkers in the morning and cap the day off at Hadlock Field taking in a Sea Dogs baseball game.
The Sea Dogs' Speakers Bureau offers guest speakers to service clubs, civic organizations, schools, and other groups that host regular events. Members of the Sea Dogs front office staff will provide entertaining stories and insight on the Sea Dogs, Red Sox, and life in minor league baseball.
Through the Cheers for Charities program (a facet of the CLYNK to Give initiative), CLYNK will generously donate 25 tickets per game for all 70 Portland Sea Dogs home games to local charities who wish to attend an event.