FRISCO, Texas (Aug. 4, 2017) - The Frisco RoughRiders, along with the tight-knit community of MiLB teams, are celebrating August as commUNITY month. Minor League Baseball is promoting unity between the 160 different baseball communities across the country.
"The most important aspect to the RoughRiders organization is the community we serve," Vice President Community Outreach and Executive Director of RoughRiders Foundation Breon Dennis said. "It means a great deal to our foundation, as well as our team, to be able to link up with MiLB to do our part in the North Texas area. The Riders are eager to lend a hand and do our part."
MiLB started the commUNITY initiative project in 2016 to encourage teams and the baseball world to stand against violence and discrimination. The project shines light on the importance of inclusion within the ballpark and a feeling of acceptance.
The commUNITY project, now on its second year, will include volunteer opportunities outside of the ballpark where teams connect with fans to get involved. Throughout August, the RoughRiders will take to the streets to raise awareness and foster those good works that make a positive impact in North Texas.
The RoughRiders Foundation has implemented several volunteer initiatives, including Riders Fan Drive, Feed the City, and various other community outreach projects for the month of August. The Riders are excited to be a part of the MiLB commUNITY initiative that aligns so closely to our mission and ideals.
About the RoughRiders Foundation
The mission of the RoughRiders Foundation is to enhance the community we serve through charitable contributions, grants, and programming initiatives. The RoughRiders Foundation supports programs and organizations in our community that motivate and reward children and families in the areas of education, good health and community services activities.
For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders Foundation, contact Breon Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 12 seasons (2005-2016). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing nearly $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.