San Jose Giants to Host Second Annual Strikeout Violence Night

Country singer Matt Kennon returns to lead Junior Giants in Peace Pledge Ceremony

By San Jose Giants | May 10, 2013 12:46 PM

SAN JOSE, CA- On Friday, May 31, the San Jose Giants will present the second annual Strikeout Violence Night at Municipal Stadium. The evening will once again center on an anti-bullying message. The San Jose Giants are excited to welcome back country artist Matt Kennon who performed at the inaugural Strikeout Violence Night. Festivities will include a pregame performance by Kennon, presented by KRTY, and a Junior Giants Peace Pledge Ceremony. Following the pregame events, the San Jose Giants will take on the Stockton Ports at 7:00 PM.

Country rocker Matt Kennon is best known for his Top 20 hit "The Call," shining a spotlight on the conversation to help prevent suicide. Since performing at last year's inaugural Strikeout Violence Night, Kennon began a "Stop the Bull" campaign. This effort has taken him to six states and 55 schools, where he has impacted the lives of over 100,000 children. His single, "You Had to Pick On Me" was inspired when Matt ate lunch at the school where his sister works as a teacher's aid and saw a young boy having a tough time. This experience led Kennon to take a stand against bullying. As part of this campaign, Kennon is available to attend one school in the San Jose area on May 31, prior to performing at Municipal Stadium. For more information, please contact Juliana Paoli, San Jose Giants Chief Marketing Officer, at (408) 380-4505 or email juliana@sjgiants.com.

"We are honored to be bringing Matt Kennon back to Municipal Stadium for the second annual Strikeout Violence Night," said Paoli. "Kennon's message last year not only impacted the hundreds of students in attendance, but spread through the community. It also spawned his 'Stop the Bull' campaign that has brought national attention to the preventable tragedy of bullying. This night is about driving home the message that the rules we learn on the field can be applied to all of our lives and we are excited to have Kennon be part of the evening."

Junior Giants, the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, is a free, non-competitive and innovative baseball program for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old. Beyond baseball, Junior Giants focuses on the Four Bases of Character Development - Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork - and offers programs in Education, Health and Violence Prevention. Each of the 20,000 Junior Giants in the program take the Junior Giants Peace Pledge vowing to Strikeout Violence in their communities by preventing bullying, standing up for what is right, praising people and helping others. Prior to the May 31 game, Junior Giants will take the Peace Pledge on the field and receive Strikeout Bullying wristbands. For more information, please visit jrgiants.org.

Friday, May 31 will also be a KRTY Family Friday at the ballpark. On May 30, Matt Kennon will perform An Evening of Music that Matters, with special appearance by Morgan Frazier, at Club Rodeo in San Jose. Country artist Morgan Frazier is a 19 year-old who has been performing since the age of five, sold her first CD when she was nine and signed a record deal at 16. Her not yet released single "Hey Bully", was inspired by her experience as a bullied child. She is a People's Choice Award winner who is best known for her debut single, "Yellow Brick Road", which she released on Curb Records' sister label, Sidewalk Records. For tickets and more information on this performance please visit krty.com. All fans who purchase a ticket will also receive free admission to the Strikeout Violence Night game on May 31.

Great seats are still available for Strikeout Violence Night. For tickets, visit the Municipal Stadium Box Office, call (408) 297-1435 or visit sjgiants.com. The game will also be broadcasted live on Comcast Hometown Network Digital Channel 104.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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