FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2014
Chris Ridley, Director of Operations
Local Dads Storm the Field at Toledo Mud Hens Stadium
State Non-profit, The RIDGE Project, hosts 'Catch With Dad Night' after Mud Hen's Game
As an extension of their Father's Day activities designed to highlight the importance of fatherhood, the RIDGE Project (www.theridgeproject.com) hosted "Catch With Dads" – a night where fathers could come on the field after the game and play a game of catch with their children. This is the second year in a row that the Toledo Mud Hens have partnered with The RIDGE Project to encourage dads to be involved with their kids.
Nearly 400 dads in attendance signed contracts to make a greater commitment in the lives of their children and family. Plus, over 200 dads and their children stayed at game's end to take the field and have a game of catch. A video highlight of this year's and last year's event can be seen at https://vimeo.com/98461184.
The event was open to all fathers, but the RIDGE Project especially reached out to low-income families. Thanks to several grants, and the generous support from several RIDGE Project partners, dozens of tickets were distributed at no charge to qualifying individuals so that fathers and families who might not normally get to attend a minor league game, had the opportunity to participate. T-shirts, sponge squeeze baseballs and other promotional giveaways were made available at the games.
The RIDGE Project is a Christian, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2000 that provides services through partnerships with churches, schools, and state and national agencies to serve the youth and families of Ohio. Additionally, the organization strives to inform individuals, communities, the media and local and national policy makers of the importance of strong families. The organization has been recognized as a federal Department of Health and Human Services "Best Practice" program, and has been identified nationally as a leader in family and youth services.