MOOSIC, PA. (April 24, 2018) - On May the Fourth, in a ballpark not too far away, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders embrace the rebellion as the Empire Gives Back at PNC Field. In conjunction with their annual Star Wars Night, the RailRiders will host the Pawtucket Red Sox at 6:35 p.m. and will work with two tremendous organizations to raise funds and awareness.
The first 2,500 fans through the gates will get a Chance Adams bobblehead, presented by Geisinger. The RailRiders will wear custom Star Wars-themed jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
Before the PawSox's plans for the weekend become fully operational, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is also pleased to partner with Tyler Austin, a former RailRider and current New York Yankee. Austin was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 17, and, thanks to early detection and after several surgeries, he is now cancer-free. In April, which is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Austin created a fundraiser for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation. Sean Kimerling, the Emmy Award-winning anchor of WB 11 Sports in New York and pre-game announcer for the Mets. Sean died from testicular cancer on September 9, 2003, at 37 years young.
In addition to the jersey fundraiser benefiting the Children's Miracle Network, a limited number of t-shirts from Austin's April fundraiser will be for sale with all proceeds benefitting Tyler Austin's effort for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.
All fans who purchase a "Ball Out" t-shirt that evening will be entered into a raffle at PNC Field. One autographed Tyler Austin baseball will be given away every inning, and, at the end of the game, one fan will win four tickets to an upcoming Yankees game and will have the chance to meet Austin.
In honor of Austin's jersey number 26, the RailRiders will also donate 26% of all walk-up ticket sales to his fundraising effort.
The RailRiders will also have a dunk tank set up on the concourse at PNC Field featuring Darth Vader. All proceeds from the dunk tank will be included in the donation to the to the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.
"There is nothing evil about this empire," stated Josh Olerud, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Team President and General Manager. "We have the chance to be leaders on many different levels, and the ability to partner with Geisinger, the Children's Miracle Network as well as Tyler Austin's fundraising efforts for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation, shows that the force of good is strong in Northeast Pennsylvania's Minor League Baseball club."
The RailRiders are committed to cancer research, fundraising and awareness through the SWB Pinstripes Foundation. On April 18, the club began a text-to-donate campaign, benefitting Stand Up To Cancer. Fans can make a $5.00 donation by texting SWBRR to 40202.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, will host the Pawtucket for a two-game series beginning on May 3 and 4 prior to a two-game set at McCoy Stadium in Rhode Island beginning May 5. For more information on all the events scheduled on May 4 at PNC Field, please contact the RailRiders front office at (570) 969-BALL.
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