BlueClaws boost youth sports leagues

boost youth
sports leagues

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood BlueClaws are taking another step in promoting the game of baseball in Ocean and Monmouth coun­ties. The team, now in its fourth year, promises to purchase field signs for each youth sports league that participates in the BlueClaws’ new fund-raising pro­gram.

"It’s local community support that has made the BlueClaws successful over the last three years," said General Manager Geoff Brown. "This is a way to say thank you and help out local youth sports pro­grams throughout the area."

According to a press release, the op­portunity will be extended to all leagues that participate in a 250-person fund-raiser for an April or May BlueClaws game Monday through Thursday. The league will purchase the 250 tickets at $6 each and sell them for the standard adult price of $9, raising $750.

In addition, the BlueClaws will then spend an additional $250 toward a bill­board at the local little league’s park. In essence, any youth sports league fund-raiser of at least 250 people will raise at least $1,000 for that league.

Those leagues that sell 500 or more tickets for a given date will receive an on-field parade before that game, while those that sell 1,000 or more tickets will receive an on-field parade and Buster or a BlueClaws player will appear at their facility free of charge. Such a fund-raiser also would raise more than $3,000 for their league.

Interested leagues should call (732) 901-7000, ext. 173 and ask for Group Sales Manager Zak Boenig, who orga­nized the program.

The BlueClaws will open the 2004 season on April 8 at Kannapolis, with the home opener on April 12. Full season ticket and partial ticket plans are on sale. Call (732) 901-7000 Option 2 to or­der.