Omaha Storm Chasers' Community Relations 2012 Review
Kansas City Royals CaravanKansas City Royals’ players AlexGordon, Mitch Maier and JohnnyGiavotella, along with several otherRoyals dignitaries, stopped in for theannual Kansas City Royals Caravan inJanuary 2012.This year was special as one really lucky fan of the KC Royals met his heroAlex Gordon during the Children’s Hospital visit. Then the players met theOmaha Storm Chasers fans at the Kroc Center for Q&A.
Speakers’ BureauMembers of the Omaha Storm Chasers Speakers’ Bureau spoke at dozens of engagements throughout the Omaha metro area in 2012.
Read Across AmericaOmaha Storm Chasers staff took time during the months of February and March to read tolocal schools around the Omaha metro area.
How to Score Mark Nasser, Director of Broadcasting for the Omaha Storm Chasers, visited schools in the Omaha metro area and taught them how tokeep score in baseball with a pencil and paper.
Hit the BooksThe Hit the Books reading program was a huge success this season with a 45 schools participating, a total of 14,173 students.
Cox Home Run for Youth & Library Day Cox Home Run for Youth was held on April 10. Over 2,000 students attended the game.On August 5 and 6, the Omaha Public Library distributed 24,000 donated tickets for their Summer Reading Program.
Home Run Foundation of Greater OmahaRobinson Athletic Scholarship This year was our fourth annual Home Run Foundation of Greater Omaha-Robinson Athletic Scholarship. This years recipients were Damaris McKeiver and Jazmine Polk. Each recipient received a $500 scholarship.
89.7 Kids Who RockThe Omaha Storm Chasers teamed up with 89.7 The River for the “Kids Who Rock” program. Fifteen children from the ages 7-17 were nominated to come out to a game and an exclusive picnic at Werner Park.
Community Organization of the NightThrough our partnership withToday’s Dental, the OmahaStorm Chasers provided non-profits the opportunity to comeout to Werner Park throughoutthe 2012 season. Each non-profit received:- Concourse booth- First pitch- On-field interview- Radio interview
Sam’s Club Canned Food SundayEvery Sunday home game, the Omaha Storm Chasers and Sam’s Club help collect non-perishable canned goods in exchange for a FREE McDonald’s Berm ticket. Over 3,600 items were donated.
Ronald McDonald House With help from McDonald’s and Nissan of Omaha, the StormChasers shattered the previous record by raising $17,720 for the Ronald McDonald House.
PlaySmartFor Every RBI, $10.00 went to PlaySmart, courtesy of Werner Enterprises. $3,840 was raised in 2012.
Public Service AppreciationOn August 4 the Omaha Storm Chasers held theannual Public Service Appreciation night for local police, fire, rescue and other service personnel.
Chasers FUNdamentals Mission StatementBringing the game of baseball to the youth of minority populatedareas in Omaha. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands and the Salvation Army North Corps, our efforts are focused on connecting Minor League Baseball and the Omaha Storm Chasers to those communities during a culturally diverse youth clinic program.
Chasers FUNdamentalsThe 2012 season marked the third year forthe Chasers FUNdamentalsprogram, presented by the Home RunFoundation of Greater Omaha and run by theOmaha Storm Chasers front office staff.The Boys and Girls Clubs of Omahaparticipated in an eight-week clinic everyWednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. atHillside Little League ball fields. The Salvation Army North Corps also took part in a four-week session of Chasers FUNdamentals, taking place at the North Corps location. Each Wednesday, bus transportation for the participants of Chasers FUNdamentals was, for a third year, provided by the Peter Kiewit Foundation.
Chasers FUNdamentals Goals of the Program• Bring baseball back to minority communities• Teach minority children the fundamentals of baseball• Assist local youth organizations in securing funding and equipment
Chasers FUNdamentalsIn 2012, the Storm Chaserswere honored to welcomeMajor League Baseball greatDarryl Strawberry for a ChasersFUNdamentals clinic.Darryl was the 1983 NationalLeague Rookie of the Year andan 8-time All-Star. In his 17-year career he hit 335 homeruns and had 1000 runs battedin.Darryl spoke to the kids aboutthe importance ofeducation, hard work, anddedication. His lastingmessage was “if you believeit, you can be it.”
Autism Action Partnership Jersey Auction Again for 2012 Autism Action Partnership nightwas held at WernerPark. Game worn jerseys were auctioned and raised $5,950 for Autism Action Partnership.
Nebraska Colon Cancer Jersey Auction The jersey auction on July 14 went to the Nebraska Colon Cancer, raising $3,840.
Aflac Children’s Cancer Center of Atlanta Omaha Storm Chasers players and coaches sported blue pinstripejerseys in honor of AflacChildren’s Cancer Center of Atlanta on Thursday, July 19. The Aflac Children’s CancerCenter of Atlanta raised $3,940.
Nebraska Organ Recovery Jersey AuctionOn August 4, the Omaha Storm Chasers auctioned off special jerseys for Nebraska Organ Recovery at Werner Park. They raised $4,095.
CARE Program Chasers Actively Reaching EveryoneThanks to all the season ticket holders who turned in theirunused tickets to give over 500 children the opportunity to come out to Werner Park during the 2012 season.
DonationsThe Omaha Storm Chasers were very proud to have donated over $39,000 in monetarydonations, merchandise, suites tickets, min plans and birthday parties.
Staff Community Hours The Storm Chasers staff members volunteered throughout the 2012 season. Collectively, they had a total of 901 hours.
Player AppearancesThe Omaha Storm Chasers baseball players made 73 different appearances during the 2012 season.
Mascot AppearancesStormy, Casey and Vortex were busy as the Omaha Storm Chasers mascots. Besides the 75 homegames they also did 129 free mascot appearances.
Jirschele Family Memorial Golf Outing benefiting MDA This was a very special day for the JirscheleFamily, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and theOmaha Storm Chasers. The outing was held at EagleHills Golf Course, raising $1,395 in support of MDA.
Memories for Kids The Omaha Storm Chasers were the first to host an event for the Omaha Memories for Kids. On February 25, the LaHood familyand friends took a sneak peek in the Chasers locker room, took batting practice, and toured Werner Park.
Pitch, Hit and RunWerner Park hosted Pitch, Hit and Run on April 22, 2012.
Great Plains Black History MuseumThe Omaha Storm Chasers hosted the Great Plains Black History Museum at Werner Park from May 17-May 20.Thanks to Werner Enterprises for helping transport the exhibit.
VODEC DanceThe Storm Chasers were proud to host the VocationalDevelopment Center’s (VODEC) dance under the “Big Top” at Werner Park.
Walk to Defeat ALS- For the second consecutive year, the Walk to DefeatALS was held at Werner Park.- The walk is an opportunity to bring hope to ALSpatients and to raise money for a cure.- This year’s walk helped raise over $127,716.70 todefeat ALS. The Omaha Storm Chasersraised over $10,000.
Boxer 500 The Omaha Storm Chaserswere proud to host the 2012 Boxer 500 5K Run/Walk, 1M Walk & Kid’s Run at WernerPark. Over 1,000 people ranor walked in support of Colon Cancer Awareness.
Light the Night Walk On October 11 the Leukemia & LymphomaSociety held the Light the Night Walk at Werner Park. Over 1,500 participated in the walk.
The Omaha Storm Chasers would like to thank all of our fans andpartners for your support during the 2012 season. For more information about theOmaha Storm Chasers Community Relations Department, contact: Andrea Stava (402) 738-5115 firstname.lastname@example.org See you all next season!