BayBears Announce Team Partnership with Mobile County Public School System

November 10, 2010 - Southern League (SL1) - Mobile BayBears News Release

Mobile, AL, November 10th, 2010 - The Mobile BayBears Professional Baseball Club, BayBears Charities 501(c)(3), and the Mobile County Public School System announced today, a first of its kind, team partnership to benefit our area school children and specifically our at risk youth. Museum field trips have now been added as part of the MCPSS Fourth Grade History Curriculum.

A new BayBears Charities initiative, in conjunction with the Mobile County Public School System, which includes more than 64,000 students, are teaming up with area businesses to provide the opportunity for our at-risk students to tour the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum and Hank Aaron Stadium as part of their field trip curriculum. The Museum provides these children with learning more about Mobile history and a positive role model, Hank Aaron, which can inspire them to chase their dreams.

In attendance today was the Mobile County Public School System Superintendent Dr. Roy Nichols who discussed the dual effort of the BayBears and the School System to help bring a new avenue of learning to Mobile area students with the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum.

Mobile BayBears President/COO Bill Shanahan defined this plan, "We are very excited to develop this relationship between the BayBears and the Mobile County Public School System and watch it evolve into making the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum a learning tool for our area school children. In addition to learning Mobile history, students will gain knowledge through our national pastime and all the great players that have been born in Mobile."

The entire student body from the Continuous Learning Center were on site to experience the Hank Aaron Stadium and Museum tour, courtesy of Crowder Gulf, one of the first local businesses to take part in the 755 Team Partnership. This program provides a first-hand look at the benefit of the partnership and the museum can have on these children.

BayBears Charities was organized for the primary purpose to educate and help children of all ages to learn about the history of Hall of Famer Hank Aaron growing up in Mobile in the 1940's and baseball in Mobile.

The Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum was opened to the public on April 14th, 2010 and is located on the stadium grounds. This is the actual home that Hank Aaron and his family lived in and was built by his father, Herbert Aaron. Numerous artifacts are on display from his career. A number of items are on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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