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July 8, 2011

Wilson Puts the "Special" in Minor League Baseball's Special Events

Breast Cancer Research. Autism Awareness. Military Personnel Support. Minor League Baseball™ is "giving some love" to worthy causes while raising funds for them too. Theme nights at the ballpark enable MiLB teams to show support for charitable groups in a playful way. The home team (right down to the mascot) often wears special jerseys that are auctioned off after the game, and profits go to the organization du jour.

In April of this year, the Lakeland (FL) Flying Tigers hosted "Pink in the Park II" to benefit the Mary Kay Foundation, founded in 1996 to eliminate cancer and combat violence against women. And last July, local troops and veterans were honored on "Military Appreciation Night" by the Williamsport (PA) Crosscutters. Funds raised went to the Sgt. Sean Thomas Foundation, which provides financial support to deployed personnel and their families in times of need.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is the proud creator of special game jerseys for both these great events. The ProFusion™ sublimation process is an ideal way for teams to create colorful and durable jerseys in eye-catching designs without making a big investment. Artwork has been developed to cover many themes, from pink ribbons to camouflage and all types in between! Take a look at some recent designs.

Colleges and high schools are getting into the special event game, and the trend is spreading to other sports. October is well-established as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and football has really embraced the cause. Archbishop Hoban High School players in Akron, Ohio donned Wilson pink ProFusion jerseys for a fundraising game last fall. It was completely organized by students, who took their cue from the NFL. Gretchen Waterman, General Manager of Team Uniforms, says this about Wilson's role: "We are proud to be associated with teams that support many great causes."

 

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