Giving Back to the Community Remained a Focus for the Rox, Over $23,500 Raised for Charity
St. Cloud, MN – During the 2015 season the St. Cloud Rox teamed up with fans and corporate partners by putting a strong emphasis on giving back to Central Minnesota organizations as more than $23,500 was raised for area non-profits. A variety of events including silent auctions, ticket fundraisers, and youth baseball clinics helped support over 150 Central Minnesota organizations in need.
On July 19th, the Rox partnered with Center for Diagnostic Imaging for “Pink in the Park Night” where the team wore special edition pink jerseys. A silent auction for the jerseys raised $1,950 for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The Rox also teamed up again with Firehouse Subs for “Guns and Hoses Night” on July 26th. The night was dedicated to local law enforcement officials and firefighters and helped raise nearly $1,250 for the Public Safety Foundation through a silent auction of game worn blue jerseys.
The Rox also teamed up with Waite Park Babe Ruth, St. Cloud BlueSox, Sauk Rapids-Rice Youth Baseball, Sartell Youth Baseball, Apollo Soccer, Stride Academy, Central Minnesota Gymnastics, Make-A-Wish and several area churches and organizations where over $6,000 were donated back to their organization from ticket sales.
In 2015, the Rox held their 4th annual Bark in the Park Night presented by the Granite City Pet Hospital where over $530 was raised by collecting donations from fans that brought their dog to the park. Proceeds went to help support the Tri-County Human Society.
“Giving back is only possible because of the outstanding support of our corporate partners, fans and host families. We can’t thank everyone enough for their vast generosity and commitment to the Rox and the community. Giving back to the community is very important for our organization” said Rox co-owner Scott Schreiner.
In addition to raising funds for local charities the Rox staff, coaches and players spent time visiting many local nursing homes, libraries, summer camps getting to know fans of all ages in the St. Cloud area. Making 50 community appearances during the summer for a third straight season, totaling over 700 combined volunteer hours, the Rox shared experiences with fans, read books to children and even offered baseball instruction at several baseball and softball clinics.
During the spring of 2015, the Rox again partnered with Central Minnesota Credit Union for the Rox Reading Program. The program encouraged over 10,000 students in 450 classrooms throughout Central Minnesota to read outside of the classroom. Children that successfully completed the program received tickets to select Rox games during the 2015 season.
The Rox will open their 5th season of Northwoods League baseball in late May of 2016. Season tickets for the 2016 season are currently on sale. For more information regarding this release please contact the Rox front office at (320) 240-9798 or visit www.stcloudrox.com
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest summer collegiate baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 130 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (KC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com.