Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees helped raise $27,674.50 for the United Ways of Lackawanna County and Wyoming Valley through the United Way’s Home Run Team Program.
For every home run hit by the Yankees in 2008, participating sponsors agreed to donate $25 to the program. Including playoffs, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees clubbed 139 home runs. Since the program’s inaugural season in 1990, the Home Run Team Program has raised more than $525,000.
The following companies contributed to the United Way of Wyoming Valley: Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Penn Millers Insurance Company.
Two businesses – ShurSave Supermarkets and Wegmans Food Markets – signed on to contribute to both United Way chapters and split their donations equally among the two.
As part of the Home Run Team program, members of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee team conducted an on-field youth clinic at PNC Field. More than 50 children from both agencies participated in the clinic and learned the finer points of hitting, pitching, fielding and base running.
The “Take A Kid to the Game Day” at Misericordia University has been rescheduled for Saturday when the Cougars host Eastern for a Freedom Conference doubleheader.
Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult and will receive a coupon for a free hot dog and soda courtesy of the Misericordia University Alumni Association.
The women’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at 3 p.m.
Misericordia is one of more than 500 institutions across the nation that are participating in this campaign focused on attracting more of the nation’s youth to college games.