Rox Continue Strong Community Involvement in 2018, Raising Nearly $34,000 for Charity
St. Cloud, MN — Throughout the 2018 season, the St. Cloud Rox once again teamed up with fans and corporate partners by focusing on giving back to Central Minnesota organizations by raising nearly $34,000 for area non-profit organizations. Since the Rox inaugural season in 2012, over $159,000 has been raised through a variety of events including silent auctions, ticket fundraisers and in-game promotions which have helped support nearly 200 Central Minnesota organizations in need.
On June 28, St. Cloud teamed up with Advantage 1 Insurance Agency for Military Appreciation Night, where the Rox wore special edition camouflage jerseys that were auctioned off. The auction ended up raising over $6,100 with net proceeds benefiting Vietnam Veterans of America Central MN Chapter 290 to help local veterans.
On July 15, the Rox partnered with Center for Diagnostic Imaging for Pink in the Park Day, where the entire team wore special edition pink Rox jerseys. The pink jerseys were auctioned off, raising nearly $4,400 with net proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
In partnership with Sentry Bank, the Rox also held Community All-Stars Night on July 31, where nine area youth in the community were awarded the ultimate Rox experience for the day. The nine Community All-Stars were provided with a replica Rox uniform, took batting practice with the team and met players and coaches throughout the day. The Rox also teamed up with local youth sports organizations and other non-profits where nearly $3,500 was donated back to their organizations from ticket sales.
St. Cloud held its 7th annual Bark in the Park Night presented by Granite City Pet Hospital, where nearly $300 was raised by collecting donations from fans that brought their dogs to the Rock Pile. Proceeds went to help support the Tri-County Human Society.
The Rox continued with a pair of unique in-game promotions that helped raise funds for two non-profit organizations. St. Cloud partnered with Capital One to raise nearly $3,000 for Waite Park Babe Ruth Youth Baseball and Softball through the K’s for Kids promotion, where $10 was donated for every strikeout a Rox pitcher recorded during home games. The Rox also partnered with Tischler Wood Products to raise $3,100 with proceeds benefiting the ALS Association through the Walk for a Cure promotion, where $25 was donated for every walk a Rox player recorded during home games.
St. Cloud held numerous silent auctions at games throughout the season, featuring various one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia that raised over $1,500 to help support the Rox Community Fund. The Rox also donated $3,600 to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which generously provides volunteers that serve as ushers and ticket takers at Rox home games.
The Rox teamed up with the Northwoods League Foundation “Share the Glove” program to award the Miracle League of Central Minnesota with the Share the Glove youth equipment grant, which provided baseball equipment totaling a retail value of $2,500 including catcher’s gear, gloves, helmets, bats and baseballs.
In addition to raising funds for local charities, Rox staff, coaches and players spent time visiting many local senior living communities, libraries and summer camps getting to know fans of all ages in the St. Cloud area. Making over 60 community appearances during the year, St. Cloud’s staff, coaches and players totaled over 1,000 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, the Rox once again partnered with Central Minnesota Credit Union for the Rox Reading Program. The program encouraged around 11,000 students in nearly 500 classrooms throughout Central Minnesota to read outside of the classroom.
The Rox will open their eighth season of Northwoods League baseball in 2019. For more information regarding this release, season tickets and partial season ticket packages for the 2019 season, 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. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.