The Aberdeen IronBirds, Class A short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and RAACE (Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to eliminating child sexual abuse, are providing a Safe, Fun Family Experience at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. This multiyear partnership includes upgrades, presenting sponsorship of Ferrous & Friends Kids Zone, and community fundraising opportunities each season.
As a member of the RAACE SuperHero program, the IronBirds will support the nonprofit organization with fundraising efforts and help generate awareness throughout Minor League and amateur baseball. The RAACE SuperHero program is designed for those who feel strongly about the organization’s mission and are willing to go the extra mile by donating their resources to share RAACE’s message and influence others to join the cause.
“The IronBirds, including their owners, Cal and Bill Ripken, have been tremendous supporters of our cause and we are thrilled to be able to expand our relationship with them via this partnership,” said Brad Brickel, executive director of RAACE. “In order to prevent child abuse, it’s important for parents to be aware of the shocking statistics, learn how to recognize the signs and most importantly, talk with their children.”
In addition to supporting as a RAACE SuperHero, the IronBirds will don special RAACE-themed jerseys during three home games throughout the upcoming season. The jerseys will be auctioned off at the last RAACE Jersey night, Tuesday August 22nd, when the IronBirds take on the Staten Island Yankees at 7:05 pm. 100 percent of the proceeds from the jersey auction are benefiting RAACE.
“As a family-oriented organization, the IronBirds firmly believe in creating a safe and fun environment for our young fans,” said IronBirds General Manager Matt Slatus. “We are proud to stand with RAACE in support of their mission and to help bring additional public awareness and educational opportunities to their cause.”
As part of Tuesday Night’s fundraising activities The IronBirds will feature all of the Game Used RAACE Jersey’s, and additionally Lupton's Sports Collectibles will be hosting a memorabelia auction for fans of all ages to bid on in a "Silent Auction" structure.
IronBirds RAACE Jersey Auction Night