FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 16, 2018) - The Frisco RoughRiders Foundation has been busy in 2018 making an impact throughout North Texas by volunteering in the community, donating supplies for relief efforts, feeding first responders and visiting area schools.
"The RoughRiders do not take an offseason when it comes to serving the community," said Breon Dennis, Executive Director of the RoughRiders Foundation. "With so many great causes around North Texas, we want to do our part and make sure that our bandwidth stays strong all year round. We look forward to the 2018 season starting on April 5th and are excited to add the contributions of RoughRiders players when they return to Frisco!"
The RoughRiders Foundation organized a visit with club staff members on Feb. 2 to My Possibilities, a Plano-based non-profit that specializes in vocational education for adults with intellectual and developmental (IDD) disabilities throughout North Texas.
"My Possibilities provides our Hugely Important People (HIPsters) with the tools necessary to continue living, learning and growing," said April Allen, director of special programs. "We're appreciative of any opportunity to showcase the work we do for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the IDD community at large.
"Community volunteers spending time in our classrooms is an excellent opportunity to gain an understanding of a day in the life of a HIPster. Welcoming community members inside our classrooms opens a world of untapped possibilities for both our HIPsters and the volunteers."
During the Texas Rangers Texas Rangers Winter Caravan on Jan. 27, the RoughRiders Foundation partnered with Keeper of the Game to collect five pallets of baseball equipment, clothing supplies and other essential items for the Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
RoughRiders catcher Jose Trevino was Principal for a Day on Jan. 29 at Jose "Joe" May Elementary School in Dallas ISD. The RoughRiders Healthy Fit Challenge has reached more than 3,000 children in North Texas since November 2017, including more than 2,000 already in 2018.
The RoughRiders Foundation and Professional Sports Catering also spent an afternoon on Jan. 25 extinguishing hunger at the City of Frisco Fire Station #2 by feeding first responders. On Feb. 15, 16 RoughRiders staff members volunteered at Operation Kindness, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, and walked dogs, bathed puppies, prepared bags of food for low-income owners, and prepared donor appreciation gifts.
So far in 2018, the RoughRiders Foundation has volunteered 112 hours to local projects, totaling more than $12,000 in monetary and in-kind donations.
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 13 seasons (2005-2017). 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 three 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.