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RU Baseball Annual Fundraiser to benefit Boys & Girls Club

04/11/2016 11:43 am

Media Contact: Sports Information Director, Brian Vanden Acker, 815-394-5060

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ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Rockford University baseball program will hold its annual fundraiser on Sunday, April 24 when the Regents host the University of Chicago Maroons at Rivets Stadium in Loves Park, Illinois. Admission to the doubleheader is just $5 with all proceeds going directly to the Boys & Girls Club of Rockford.

The entire day will be packed full of fun events for everyone to enjoy. The action begins at 10:00 AM when former Rockford greats take the field for the annual alumni game. Any interested alums who have not already signed up to participate should contact Chris Holke (cholke@rockford.edu) to register for the game. Directly following the alumni game at noon, members of the RU baseball team will be running various events inside the stadium. Some activities will include: a 50/50 raffle, a bags tournament and a station where kids can see how fast they throw. The pregame festivities will conclude just prior to the start of the doubleheader when representatives from the Boys & Girls Club throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

All of the day’s events lead up to an important nonconference doubleheader beginning at 2:00 PM against the University of Chicago. The Regents have won three straight against the Maroons including sweeping a road doubleheader last year, 5-4 and 12-5. The games come at a crucial point in the season as Rockford enters the home stretch of its schedule and looks to secure a spot in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament for the eighth time in ten seasons.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Chris Holke or at the gate. Your attendance at the games will not only help support the Regents baseball program, but will also help make a difference in the lives of local kids and in the Rockford Community.

The Boys & Girls Club of Rockford serves over 6,500 youths ages 6-18 at four local Units with extended learning opportunities and recreational programs throughout Winnebago County. These learning opportunities include after school programs. The focus of the Boys & Girls Club is a multifaceted approach to life-long learning. Their programs are diversified and provide their members with opportunities for growth through academic success, good character and leadership and healthy lifestyles.