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Minor League Baseball Partnership

Minor League Baseball Joins Local Boy Scout Troops and Citizen Corps Councils to Help Americans get Ready

For the fifth year, Minor League Baseball teams are "stepping up to the plate" and partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign by working with their local Boy Scout Troops and Citizen Corps Councils to encourage families to get prepared for emergencies and spreading the Ready message at their ballparks.

"Minor League Baseball understands the extreme significance of emergency preparedness," said Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner. "Teaming up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other organizations in educating the public through the Ready Campaign is another example of our clubs grasping the importance of being solid citizens and good partners in the communities they call home."

One of this year's events that illustrates a great partnership is the Minor League Baseball championship taking place in Oklahoma this year. Ready Oklahoma will be distributing information as well as giving away 1,000 radio flashlights. Additionally, Minor League Baseball will be running public service advertisements (PSAs) during the game.

Throughout the 2008 season, teams have done a variety of activities to promote emergency preparedness from featuring the Ready PSAs on their scoreboards and monitors to hosting entire Ready Nights where local Boy Scouts and/or Citizen Corps distributed emergency preparedness brochures. Boy Scouts that assisted in this effort worked toward earning their Emergency Preparedness merit badge and a Good Turn for America Award, which fosters joint community service projects.

"Be Prepared—it's a motto that has served the Boy Scouts of America well for nearly 100 years. Through the Scouting program, we instruct young people how to be prepared for life’s challenges and choices,” said Robert Mazzuca, chief scout executive for the Boy Scouts of America. "We are proud to partner with Homeland Security to help communities understand the importance of preparing for emergency situations. It is our mission—to help others at all times."

The Ready Campaign would like to extend a special thanks to the local Boy Scouts, Citizen Corps Councils and the following teams for their participation in this season's efforts to educate fans and families on the importance of emergency preparedness:

Boise Hawks
Bowie Bay Sox
Carolina Mudcats
Charleston RiverDogs
Danville Braves
Eugene Emeralds
Everett AquaSox
Fort Myers Miracle
Fort Wayne Wizards
Harrisburg Senators
Huntsville Stars
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kannapolis Intimidators
Kinston Indians
Lake County Captains
Lexington Legends
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Midland RockHounds
Mobile Bay Bears
Norfolk Tides
Palm Beach Cardinals
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Salt Lake Bees
Savannah Sand Gnats
St. Lucie Mets
Syracuse Chiefs
Toledo Mud Hens
Tri-City ValleyCats
Tucson Sidewinders
Williamsport Crosscutters
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Winston-Salem Warthogs
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Yakima Bears

**If your team participated this year, but is not listed, please notify us of your efforts by e-mailing, and we'd be happy to include you.