May 1, 2014, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – Youngsters who enjoy baseball and family outings are the big winners of an arrangement that will see Peninsula Co-op play a lead role at Victoria HarbourCats games this season.
Peninsula Co-op has become the name sponsor of the Junior Cats Club that has two tiers of membership this season. As well, Peninsula Co-op members, more than 70,000 strong, will benefit from the relationship as all members simply have to give their Peninsula Co-op membership number at the team’s front office or box office to get $2 off any ticket to any game this season.
“Peninsula Co-op is one of the very best local companies and they understand what is important to Islanders,” said Jim Swanson, General Manager of the HarbourCats. “We are excited to team with Peninsula Co-op and to have a focus on kids, and on member benefits.”
The Peninsula Co-op Junior Cats Club, managed by Brittany French of the HarbourCats, gives two options for youth to sign up this year. At the HOME RUN ($10) level, members get two tickets, a membership card, discounts on merchandise, a newsletter, and the opportunity to run the bases after select games.
The GRAND SLAM ($25) level gives all that plus a membership badge, a t-shirt, a discount on fireworks game tickets, and a ‘meet the players/clubhouse tour’ event.
To boost this effort, the HarbourCats will host KIDS DAY at the office for sign-ups – Saturday, May 24, with Harvey the HarbourCat, the official team mascot, there to sign autographs. That event will run from 10 am to 2 pm
“This is an excellent way to support the HarbourCats, through youth – no one has more fun at a baseball game than kids, so the more kids, the more fun,” said Penny Sopel, Marketing and Community Relations Manager of Peninsula Co-op.
“That we could work this with a membership benefit, for our loyal and valued member-owners, it made it a great mix of ideas and something we look forward to all summer. HarbourCats games are affordable family fun, and fit perfectly with how we operate our business by giving back.”
“Peninsula Co-op will also be sponsoring a major event slated for later this summer – but that event will remain a mystery until the announcement in June. Jim and I are super excited about it but you’ll have to wait a while longer to find out those details,” said Sopel, laughing.
“We have so many great partners, some of the most respected businesses on the Island, and it’s a true honour for us to add Peninsula Co-op to our team,” said Swanson.
The team’s roster currently sits at 39 players, including 18 pitchers, with four more contracts expected to be received by next week. Other roster moves are also possible next week.
Single seat tickets are on sale, both at the office (101-1814 Vancouver Street, a half-block south of the baseball stadium), and on-line at www.harbourcats.com/tickets
The HarbourCats have unveiled their pocket schedules for the 2014 season, and will soon release the official team poster, and it will be seen all over the south Island region.
Registrations remain open for youth players wanting to be part of the Toronto Blue Jays Honda Super Camp at Sports Traders Diamond, July 2-3, featuring Roberto Alomar, Jesse Barfield, Duane Ward, Lloyd Moseby, Brian McRae, Sandy Alomar Sr. and Devon White. The link to register directly through the Blue Jays is here: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/baseball_academy/honda_super_camps.jsp