Archive for Thursday, March 22, 2007

T-Bones to continue reading program for area youths

March 22, 2007

The Kansas City T-Bones will continue the T-Bones Reading Program, in conjunction with Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., and St. John Hospital, Leavenworth.

The cornerstone of the program is a series of school visits by T-Bones mascot, Sizzle. In the program children read a number of books, record them on a "scorecard" and redeem the card for free T-Bones tickets.

"As the T-Bones enter our fifth season, we're thrilled for Providence and St. John to continue to help area children, both by reading for pleasure, and also by seeing a T-Bones game, in recognition of their reading." said Adam Ehlert, T-Bones vice president. "Since the program's inception, thousands of children have enjoyed free minor league baseball games simply as a reward for reading books of their choice."

"We support and salute the efforts of the T-Bones in making reading a priority for children," said Mike Dorsey, Providence/St. John Interim CEO. "Reading is a great opportunity to bond with children as well as to increase their vocabulary-which triggers their imagination and exposes them to new experiences and concepts. In addition, this program, ultimately, helps foster an appreciation for books."

Materials have been mailed to all participating schools. Scorecards can also be picked up at Providence Medical Center (Information Desks and Planning and Marketing Department), St. John Hospital (Administration and Planning and Marketing Department) and at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the T-Bones. Completed scorecards should be mailed to or dropped off at the stadium box office, where they can be redeemed for tickets.

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