SANTANDER STADIUM COMMUNITY EVENT CONTEST IS BACK
Two winners will be selected courtesy of the York County Industrial Development Authority to host their events
(York, PA): The contest for two community events to be hosted at Santander Stadium, home of the York Revolution in Downtown, York, is back for 2014. The contest is in conjunction with the York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA), the owner of Santander Stadium.
The goal of the Revolution and the YCIDA is to increase the community visibility of Santander Stadium and provide for its maximum use for public and community purpose. To fulfill this goal, YCIDA is looking to encourage qualified local non-profit organizations to win one of two opportunities to host an event at the stadium. A “community event” is defined as an event open to the public and of countywide interest.
From the applications received, one event will be chosen to use Santander Stadium on Saturday, August 23 or Sunday, August 24 2014. Another organization will be chosen to use the White Rose Hall upstairs at the stadium on a date to be determined in cooperation with the York Revolution. Winning includes use of the facility rent free, a $500 donation toward the cost of expenses from the YCIDA and a marketing package courtesy of the York Revolution, including website, social media and in stadium promotion.
“This contest has the ability to establish great things for Downtown,” said York Revolution Special Events Coordinator Adam Nugent. “While we’re looking for great one-time community events, ‘Yorktoberfest’ was an original winner of this contest, and has grown to be a yearly Downtown staple in the fall which is very popular. The winners will have that same opportunity, and at minimum that weekend in August will be one to remember,” continued Nugent.
Applications may begin immediately. For the full application, stipulations and to apply, please CLICK HERE.
The deadline to apply is January 10, 2014. A review of applications will begin immediately, with the winners decided on January 30. The winners will be announced in an announcement from the Revolution and YCIDA on February 4.
As the Revolution prepare for their eighth season of play in the Atlantic League since being founded in 2007, initiatives such as these continue to make the facility a multi-purpose, year-round destination for York County beyond the team’s 70 home games each season.
To learn more about the York County Industrial Development Authority, please visitwww.ycida.org.
YORK REVOLUTION GENERATE OVER $215K OF CHARITABLE FUNDS IN 2013,
$1 MILLION SINCE 2010
Boy Scouts of America – New Birth of Freedom Council wraps successful year as presenting sponsor
(York, PA): The York Revolution oversaw $216,661 of charitable fundraising in 2013, during the seventh season of Revolution baseball at Santander Stadium in Downtown York. Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the organization has either donated or helped raise over $1 Million dollars for local causes and non-profits.
Again showing the organization’s focus on the community, the Revolution worked with several area causes and non-profits. The highlights:
· The Boy Scouts of America – New Birth of Freedom Council grossed $55,000 for their organization as the 2013 presenting partner of York Revolution Baseball. The BSA raised that amount from their game-worn jersey auction, in-game fundraising and donations from fans in exchange for balls for the “Post-Game Pitch” contests as well as video board and PA announcements for birthdays, anniversaries and other special announcements.
· $64,000 was raised by groups through York Revolution ticket fundraisers.
· Non-profit groups working the playground at Santander Stadium during Revolution games totaled nearly $10,000.
· Non-profit groups working the concession stands at Santander Stadium during Revolution games totaled nearly $13,000.
· Over $21,000 was raised for great causes from game-worn jersey auctions by the Revolution, bid on by fans in silent auctions during games. The recipients included:
o Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties; $2,570 from the Atlantic League Alumni Team jerseys auctioned off during Fan Fest on April 13.
o Loganville Fire Company in memory of Chief Rodney Miller; $2,060 from the special game-worn cap auction on Emergency Responders Night, May 17.
o Children’s Miracle Network; $2,870 from the special blue and gold alternate jerseys presented by PSECU auctioned off on May 22.
o York Cancer Center; $4,880 from the pink jerseys auctioned off on June 2.
o USO; 4,993 from the camouflage jerseys auctioned off on July 5.
o Boy Scouts of America – New Birth of Freedom Council; $3,281 from the “campout” themed jerseys, auctioned off on August 9.
The Revolution’s marquee educational program, “Boomer’s Book Club,” grew in number of students reached for a third consecutive year. The team-run reading program for schools all over York County reached a record 21,000 kids leading up to the 2013 season. For reading above and beyond school curriculum, area students earned great prizes such as drawstring bags, cheerstix and Revolution tickets. The program was again sponsored in 2013 by Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union.
The York County Literacy Council’s Buck-a-Book program and the summer reading club spearheaded by York County Libraries also supplied nearly 2,500 tickets for their special nights at the ballpark, to students who successfully completed each program.
The York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA), the owner of Santander Stadium, in partnership with the Revolution, also generously donated 6,700 lawn tickets to non-profit groups. All told these tickets have a value of $38,000.
YMCA and York Revolution join forces for better instructional baseball programs in York County
The “Diamond Academy” is being built inside Santander Stadium
A partnership between the premier human services organization in York - the YMCA of York County - and the premier baseball organization in York - The York Revolution - has been formed; aimed at offering quality, affordable baseball and softball training programs to youth and teams in York County. This partnership will yield the “Diamond Academy,” to be housed at Santander Stadium in York City beginning in the fall of 2013, which will replace the existing YMCA Hoffman Baseball/Softball Academy located on the YMCA’s downtown York campus. The YMCA and the Revolution already partner to offer summer baseball camps, which will be folded into the expanded partnership.
The new facility will result from extensive renovations to the York Revolution’s existing batting cages, located under the picnic deck in right field. New permanent, insulated walls will separate the area from the field and adjacent grounds-keeping equipment area. The facility will be heated and new lighting added to turn it into winterized, indoor space. The WellSpan Clubhouse - the Revolution’s home clubhouse - will serve as an entry and waiting lounge for parents.
The YMCA’s existing Hoffman Baseball/Softball Academy located on West Market St. is an outstanding indoor facility with a staff of first-rate instructors. The staff there has either professional or college playing experience, or high school coaching experience.
“Most importantly,” says Diamond Academy Director Doug Markel, “they are all skilled at instructing youth and teens at their individual skill levels.” The Hoffman Baseball/Softball Academy is a year-round facility that offers skill enhancement opportunities for all phases of the game, primarily for ages eight and up. Our systematic teaching strategy includes the physical, mechanical and mental approach to successful play. “We emphasize practice, drills and focus on preparation for each aspect of the game,” Markel added.
The Academy includes: a pitching/tee work tunnel, two full-length cages with an “Iron Mike” baseball pitching machine and a “Pro-Batter” baseball pitching machine, the bullpens and outfield. Other equipment available to be used in the cages includes: pitching mounds, L-screens, tees and more. Instruction is also made available to leagues and teams year round. The relocated Diamond Academy will include all of those features, plus access to bullpen pitching mounds and areas for outfield drills and long-toss in favorable weather.
“We have a 10 year history of offering high-quality, focused baseball and softball instruction,” says Markel. “This partnership allows the YMCA to further develop the program.”
From the York Revolution’s perspective, the new facility is an ideal use of space that otherwise sits empty in the winter months, the prime time for such indoor training facilities.
“This is a win-win for us,” said Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer. “We build our relationship with a great community organization, we share our facilities with the most committed baseball players in York County, and we improve the facilities we can offer our players during the season.”
The partnership makes sense: combining the experience and expertise of the YMCA and the York Revolution will provide York County youth with access to the benefits of a stable, established program housed in a newly renovated facility with outdoor instructional capabilities.