TROY, NY- The Tri-City ValleyCats have partnered with Hannaford Supermarkets to select one lucky youth sports league to take over one of their games this spring. After receiving numerous entries, the 'Cats have chosen East Greenbush-Castleton Youth Baseball League as the winner. The ValleyCats will now bring their mascots, PA Announcer and promo team to put on a show worthy of "The Joe."
East Greenbush-Castleton was chosen based upon their league's commitment to providing a positive experience both on and off the field. Their dedicated group of parents and community partners support a scholarship program to teach sportsmanship and ensure that all of the children in their area have an opportunity to participate.
"The Board of Directors of the East Greenbush-Castleton Youth Baseball League would like to thank the Tri-City ValleyCats and Hannaford for the opportunity to host the inaugural 'Show on the Road' ", said East Greenbush-Castleton Youth Baseball League Events Coordinator Michael Ackerman. "It is a great honor for our league to be selected, and a fantastic opportunity for the children of our league to experience this at the fields they play on."
As part of the "Show on the Road," there will be pregame entertainment, ceremonial team introductions, a live performance of the national anthem, and in-game promotions including fan favorites such as the Mayors' Race, T-Shirt Tosses, Pony Hops and more. The act will take place on Saturday, June 8 at 7pm at the baseball complex located at 71 Gilligan Road in East Greenbush.
Hannaford Supermarkets will be on hand to lend support in the league's concession stand and to showcase healthy food and snack options. The Tri-City ValleyCats and Hannaford Supermarkets recognize the important role that youth sports play in developing skills, leading a healthy and active lifestyle, having fun, and learning about sportsmanship.
"Youth baseball, softball, and sports in general are vital to the development of our youth," said ValleyCats Vice President/General Manager Rick Murphy. "This program is an excellent opportunity to teach young players in the Capital Region about the importance of staying active, having fun, and demonstrating good sportsmanship on the field and in their communities."
"Hannaford is thrilled to bring the excitement of The Joe to a Capital Region youth sports league field this spring in partnership with the Tri-City ValleyCats," said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Molly Tarleton. "Youth sports engage our children in active lifestyles at a young age, while promoting health and wellness at the same time. We look forward to seeing kids and families enjoying all that the ValleyCats bring to the ballpark right on their neighborhood field."
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America's first storewide nutrition navigation system and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.