SOUTH BEND, Indiana - In honor of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the South Bend Cubs will host Mister Rogers Day at Four Winds Field on Sunday, August 12 at their scheduled 2 p.m. game at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana.
In recognition of this 50th anniversary, the South Bend Cubs are partnering with local PBS affiliate WNIT and Fred Rogers Productions to celebrate this milestone. Clips from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood will be shown on the video board throughout the game. Daniel Tiger, star of the award-winning PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and the son of the beloved original puppet, will also be in attendance. Fans can sign a giant banner with their own message of thanks to Mister Rogers. Special messages of thanks from fans, players, and community members will also be shown throughout the game.
The South Bend Cubs are one of the few minor league ballclubs in the nation to host an event honoring Fred Rogers for the anniversary.
"Mister Rogers inspired generations of children with the message that it's ok to be ourselves," said Joe Hart, President of the South Bend Cubs. "He taught us important life lessons and did so in such a caring manner. During the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, we feel it's important to recognize and honor his legacy, and to share it with our younger fans who may not have had the chance grow up with our television neighbor."
The South Bend Cubs will wear special jerseys that day, depicting Fred Rogers' iconic red sweater. In recognition of Rogers' support for funding public television, the jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with the proceeds benefitting WNIT.
Greg Giczi, President and General Manager of WNIT, said, "Mister Rogers is beloved like the South Bend Cubs. Whether you are a Mister Rogers 'alumni' and he was part of the formation of your value system, or a current 'student' learning from Daniel Tiger, you know you are loved, 'just the way you are'."
Four Winds Field is located at 501 W. South St., South Bend, Indiana. Gates open at noon and first pitch against the Lake County Captains is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 574-235-9988.
About Fred Rogers Productions
Fred Rogers Productions was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred's values and approach to other efforts in promoting children's social, emotional and behavioral health while supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. Fred Rogers Productions continues to build on Fred's legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media and engages new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company's highly-rated, award-winning children's series include Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, and Through the Woods.
About WNIT Public Television
WNIT Public Television is "Michiana's PBS Station!" Serving 22 counties in northern Indiana and southwest-lower Michigan, WNIT is a trusted, community-owned public media source dedicated to inspire, inform, entertain and unify the communities we serve. Our vision is to foster enlightenment in our communities anytime, every time and everywhere. Our commitment is to not only bring you iconic PBS programs such as Downton Abbey, Sesame Street and Antiques Roadshow, but also bring you strong local productions like Experience Michiana, Education Counts Michiana and Dinner & A Book that engage, inspire and most importantly, inform you.
About the South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs are the Class A minor league affiliate of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 30 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles, most recently in 2005, and has captured 12 division titles. 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. In June 2017, Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs, was voted Best Class A ballpark in the country by Ballpark Digest. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose principal shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Ill.
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