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May 30,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats will team with Greater Victoria youth baseball associations, elected officials, sports media, and the community on June 21 during “Baseball Day in Victoria.” The City of Victoria has proclaimed June 21 as “Baseball Day in Victoria.”

A full celebration of the sport, and its roots in Victoria and surrounding area, will be on display with a full day of youth baseball, a celebrity game and a HarbourCats exhibition game.

“We wanted to do this to shine a bright spotlight on the full spectrum of baseball and involvement in Victoria, and to give the community a reason to band together,” said HarbourCats GM Jim Swanson.

“It’s a day to see children enjoying the game, to have some fun with a celebrity game, and to showcase a high-level exhibition game at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park. We’re excited to add this event to an already busy HarbourCats schedule, give our fans another game this summer.”

Here is the baseball agenda for that day involving the HarbourCats and Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park:

 HarbourCats Youth Skills Camps, two locations – Peninsula’s Rotary complex, and Sports Traders Diamond, from 9 am to 11 am

 Celebrity game – Greater Victoria Mayors, MLAs, MPs and sports media personalities, vs. the Executive of the Greater Victoria Baseball Association, 3:30 pm at Sports Traders Diamond – a five-inning game, featuring the two captains, Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and GVBA president Fraser Campbell

 HarbourCats exhibition game – the visitors, Langley Blaze of the PIL, vs. Victoria HarbourCats, 7:11 pm, nine-inning game

“We are proud of the rich baseball culture we have in Victoria, and this will be a great day to celebrate the way the community bands together to support youth teams and the HarbourCats,” said Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin.

“It will be a lot of fun to see youth on the fields learning skills, and to be part of a charity game that celebrates the local parents who give back so much to baseball in Victoria.”

Baseball Day in Victoria is sponsored by Wilson’s Transportation, Island Savings Credit Union and the Victoria Times Colonist.

It will also be “Baseball Day for United Way” as the charitable organization will be collecting donations throughout the day and spreading the word about the network of services provided by their community funded partners for children, youth and families. Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way Greater Victoria, will deliver the ceremonial first pitch for the Mayors/GVBA game, and will deliver their message of community giving.

“United Way is the largest non-government funder in Greater Victoria of social programs and provides multi-year funding to support a vital network of more than 100 programs – many of which support families, parents, children and youth. When individuals are able to move out of poverty, when children and youth succeed, when our community and its citizens are healthy – we all benefit,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way. “Every year with our fundraising campaign, we inspire people to take action and build a strong and caring community. Whether it’s sharing time, knowledge and dollars, together we can accomplish more than we ever could on our own. We appreciate the many corporate and government partners that contribute to our cause in the region. We are honoured to be part of Baseball Day in Victoria as sport is another way to bring our community together.”

The next day, the HarbourCats will be facing Langley in Duncan in a second exhibition game (1:05 pm) – “Baseball Day In Duncan,” at Evans Park. The added games give the HarbourCats a 57-game schedule this summer, over 67 days – 27 road WCL games, 27 home WCL games, two exhibition games at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park, and one ‘home’ game in a new location, Duncan.

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