We love Reno, part five…

This week, the blog has taken a look back at the Reno Aces’ community involvement during the 2011 season. The Aces have been active throughout Northern Nevada communities since coming to the Biggest Little City in 2009, and remain committed to giving back to the community that we call home.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t take the chance to give back to the community that we’re perhaps the closest to: the local baseball community.

This season, we partnered with three different groups of baseball and softball players to help showcase their talents, teach young players what it’s like to be a professional, and raise funds for their organizations. Here’s what we did:

  • High School Baseball: Eight local high schools played regular season games at Aces Ballpark. Each school purchased 500 ticket vouchers that were good for games throughout the Aces regular season and sold them to local community supporters.  Admission to the high school games was free for all spectators, and the video board and sound system were used during each game to give the high school athletes the experience of playing in a professional park
  • April 6, 2011 – South Tahoe vs. Truckee
  • April 9, 2011 – Wooster vs. North Valleys
  • April 25, 2011 – North Tahoe vs. Virginia City
  • May 6, 2011 – McQueen vs. Spanish Springs

Aces GM Rick Parr (right) presents a $15,000 check to University of Nevada Senior Associate Athletic Director Keith Hackett.

  • University of Nevada Dugout Club: The Reno Aces and the University of Nevada baseball team played an exhibition game prior to the first game of the 2011 season, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the University of Nevada Dugout Club, which benefits the Wolf Pack baseball program. The game was played in an exhibition format, with Aces pitchers and catchers playing for both squads for the second year in a row. The Aces presented the Dugout Club with a check for $15,000 during the game.
  •  Youth Softball and Baseball Days: On three dates during the 2011 season (May 1, May 15, June 5), youth baseball and softball teams from all over Northern Nevada converged on the ballpark for our annual Youth Baseball and Softball Days. All of the attendees were provided with an early entry so they could take advantage of a “chalk talk.” They had the opportunity to listen to players speak about their experiences while they were in the beginning stages of their baseball careers and they had the opportunity to ask questions of the players. The attendees also participated in a pre-game parade around the warning track in which each team was announced. Between all three days, we had more than 4,500 youth baseball and softball players participate in the activities.Well, that’s a wrap for our 2011 community wrap-up. Thanks for your support and participation during the 2011 season, our third year here in the Biggest Little City. We’re going to hit the ground running in 2012, and hope you’ll be right there with us!

    As always, you can send us an email at blog@renoaces.com with your questions, comments and suggestions. We’ll hear from you soon!


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