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Pirates Continue 50 Community Celebrations and Acts of Kindness

February 19, 2018 - Florida State League (FSL) - Bradenton Marauders News Release

The 2018 Spring Training marks an historic milestone for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the City of Bradenton as the Club celebrates its 50th season in Bradenton and Manatee, County. To commemorate 50 seasons in Bradenton, the Club has launched their "50 Community Celebrations and Acts of Kindness."

The "50 Community Celebrations and Acts of Kindness" campaign will include Pirates players, coaches and front office staff taking part in 50 different community-driven events and acts of kindness during their time in Bradenton this spring.

Since 1969, the Pirates have called Bradenton the team's southern home and over that time have continued to enhance its commitment to supporting the local community. The Pirates maintain a year-round presence in the Bradenton community and, while there, the Major League players and staff are encouraged to take part in community events during the spring season, with the minor league players and staff continuing the support throughout the Bradenton Marauders' (High-A) and the Gulf Coast Pirates' (Rookie) seasons.

The events slated for this week of the "50 Community Celebrations and Acts of Kindness" are below.

1. Monday, February 19 (10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.): Manatee Sherriff's Department batting Practice Experience

Today the members of the Manatee County Sherriff's Department will be guests of the Pirates at Pirate City. The group will have the opportunity to take part in Pirates workouts in the outfield, receive a tour of the facilities and be treated to lunch in the Pirates Sports Nutrition Center.

Location: Pirate City

2. Tuesday, February 20 (10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.): Bradenton Fire Department Batting Practice Experience

Today Bradenton Fire Department and Chamber of Commerce will be guests of the Pirates at Pirate City. The group will have the opportunity to take part in Pirates workouts in the outfield, receive a tour of the facilities and be treated to lunch in the Pirates Sports Nutrition Center.

Location: Pirate City

3. Tuesday, February 20 (11 a.m. to Noon): Wakeland Student of the Month

The Pirates will host one student, plus a guest, from each class at Wakeland Elementary for the Student of the Month Luncheon. This special event will take place in the World Series Conference Room at Pirate City. Lunch will be provided for the group and each student will receive a recognition certificate + Pirates gift.

Location: Pirate City

4. Tuesday, February 20 (4-6 p.m.) Miracle League Fantasy Camp for Kids

Pirates Charities will host their annual Fantasy Camp for the Miracle League of Manasota. The focus of the camp is to provide children with special needs with the opportunity to learn and play the game of baseball while providing an experience similar to Major League Baseball fantasy camps. Kids will take part in activity stations that focus on different skills such as hitting, throwing and catching. Each child will also receive a Pirates goodie bag with a Pirates jersey with their name on the back.

Address: Longwood Park, 6050 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34243

5. Wednesday, February 21 (10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.): Bradenton Police Department Batting Practice Participation

Today members of the Bradenton Police Department will be guests of the Pirates at Pirate City. The group will have the opportunity to take part in Pirates workouts in the outfield, receive a tour of the facilities and be treated to lunch in the Pirates Sports Nutrition Center.

Location: Pirate City

6. Thursday, February 22 (Start at 1 p.m.): Pirates Charites Annual Spring Training Golf Classic

This annual event will take place at River Wilderness Golf and Country Club. All monies raised will be used to assist the Bradenton/Manatee County community.

Address: River Wilderness Country Club, 2250 Wilderness Blvd. W, Parrish, FL 34219

7. Friday, February 23 (Noon): Humane Society of Manatee County Pet Food Pantry Restock

The Pirates will deliver cat and dog food for the Humane Society of Manatee County's Pet Pantry. This special delivery is in partnership with Ainsworth.

Address: Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th Street W, Bradenton, FL 34205

8. Saturday, February 24 (Gates open at 11 a.m.): Pirates 50th Opening Day Celebration at LECOM Park

Today the Pirates will open the 50th season in Bradenton with the Spring Training Home Opener at LECOM Park. As part of the celebration, Pirates Charities will take part in acts of kindness around the ballpark by handing out promo items, autograph items and more randomly to fans at the game.


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