SOUTH BEND, Ind. (April 16, 2019) - The South Bend Cubs and Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS) have teamed up for the seniors of our community with special ticket pricing and activities for the 2019 season. They are also coming together to offer residents of St. Paul's and two South Bend Cubs players the unique living experience of residing together for the season at the senior community.
"For the past four seasons we have seen first-hand the passion that our senior community has for the South Bend Cubs organization as a whole," Team president Joe Hart said. "We are always excited and grateful to see them at Four Winds Field. It's an honor to continue these programs."
The Silver Sluggers program will offer a special ticket discount for any senior 55 years old or older. This discounted price will be $6 for a field box ticket - a 45-percent discount off the normal ticket price - at every Wednesday home game this season, beginning April 17.
Once a senior attends their first game, they will receive a Silver Sluggers card that will be punched each time they attend. After attending four Wednesday games, Silver Sluggers participants will receive a free South Bend Cubs Silver Sluggers hat. After attending seven Wednesday games or more, Silver Sluggers participants will be invited to a free ballpark picnic at the final Wednesday home game of the season, Aug. 21.
Seniors attending South Bend Cubs games as part of the Silver Sluggers program will be seated in a "Friendship Section," where they will have the opportunity to meet with old friends and make new ones. At each Wednesday home game, one Silver Sluggers participant will be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
To receive a Silver Sluggers membership card, fans must visit the Four Winds Field Box Office and present a photo ID. Members must visit the Four Winds Field Box Office to receive their discounted game ticket.
Two South Bend Cubs players to live in senior community for the fourth season
The residents of St. Paul's have invited two South Bend Cubs players to be honorary residents for the fourth year. Pitchers, Brailyn Marquez and Eury Ramos will live at St. Paul's during the season as honorary "residents."
Last season, South Bend Cubs outfielder Chris Singleton and pitcher Brendan King were the residents at St. Paul's. Both Singleton and King described their experience as something that truly bettered themselves and opened their eyes that the game of baseball is much more than what is just played on the field.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for both our residents and the players," said Linda O'Neill, vice president, Operations, St. Paul's. "Each year our residents look forward to welcoming these players into their lives, rooting for them, and watching them grow and develop in the game of baseball and life."
"Some of our players come a long way from home to play in South Bend," Hart added. "The guys who get the pleasure of living at St. Paul's always walk away from the experience with great stories and their lives changed for the better. We are thrilled to continue this great tradition."
To welcome the South Bend Cubs baseball players to their new home, St. Paul's has scheduled a welcome brunch for Friday, April 26 at 9 am, where Hart and team mascot, Stu the Bear, will introduce two South Bend Cubs players to other residents within the Life Plan community. (Media are invited to the welcome brunch.)
About Saint Joseph Health System
Saint Joseph Health System (SJHS) is a not-for-profit healthcare system located in North Central Indiana that offers acute-based hospital care and post-acute services including: community wellness, physical rehabilitation, home care, physician clinics, outpatient services, independent and assisted senior living, memory care and affordable senior apartments. SJHS includes: Mishawaka Medical Center; Plymouth Medical Center; Rehabilitation Institute; Outpatient services of the Elm Road Medical Campus; Health Insurance Services; Saint Joseph Physician Network; VNA Home Care; the Senior Living Communities at St. Paul's, Holy Cross and Trinity Tower; and Saint Joseph PACE. SJHS serves more than 200,000 members of the Michiana community annually. SJHS is a Regional Health Ministry of Trinity Health in Livonia, Michigan.
About the South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs are the Class A minor league affiliate of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 31 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles, most recently in 2005, and has captured 12 division titles. In 2019, the South Bend Cubs will host the Midwest League All-Star Game. In June 2017, Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs, was voted Best Class A ballpark in the country by Ballpark Digest. In 2015 the team was named Ballpark Digest's Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President's Award, the highest award in minor league baseball. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose principal shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Ill.
Contact: Jessica Schramski Shirley
Public Relations Manager
Saint Joseph Health System
Contact: Joe Hart, President
South Bend Cubs
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