Giving Thanks: Student luncheon a success

230 Life Skills and Special Education students and teachers attend SWB Pinstripes Foundation event

By Media Relations / Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders | November 21, 2019 10:25 AM

MOOSIC, PA (November 21, 2019) - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and their charitable arm, the SWB Pinstripes Foundation, hosted the first of two holiday luncheons on Wednesday, November 20, at PNC Field in the Geisinger Champions Club. Over 230 middle and high school-aged Life Skills and Special Education students from across Northeastern Pennsylvania were in attendance along with their teachers and class aides. 

"We were absolutely thrilled with the turnout," said Jordan Maydole, the RailRiders Director of Community Relations. "We had a great group from nine different local schools. After a delicious lunch prepared by Legends, students made Thanksgiving-themed crafts, met with our mascot CHAMP and received a gift card to the team store. The day was free of charge to these students and their teachers thanks to donations to the SWB Pinstripes Foundation."

"Many of the students we met today and even several of the teachers," Maydole continued, "had never been on a class field trip before or had ever visited PNC Field. I can't tell you how special it was to see them all enjoying a good meal, getting their CHAMP dolls and RailRiders hats in the team store, taking pics with CHAMP, and getting to escape from the classroom for an afternoon!"

A second holiday luncheon will be held on December 12 for elementary and early middle school-aged children and will feature appearances by Santa and CHAMP. 

Donations to help fund these and other initiatives through the SWB Pinstripes Foundation can be made by clicking here.

For more information on the SWB Pinstripes Foundation, please contact Jordan Maydole or Amy Miller in the RailRiders front office at (570) 969-BALL or visit

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

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