The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are taking Teddy Bear Toss Night to the next level, rebranding as the Teddy Bears for one game. The team will wear teddy bear-themed uniforms on the night that fans can get in free if they donate a stuffed animal to a local children in need.
The promotion benefits the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton.
“We are always looking for fun new ways to get fans involved in helping us better the community,” said Josh Olerud, RailRiders Team President and General Manager, quoted on MiLB.com. “What better way than having our fans participate in the first annual Teddy Bear Toss? Everyone loves a brand new teddy bear, and we can’t wait to surprise the kids at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton with one.”
The RailRiders will wear the uniforms June 30 in a game against another bear-themed team, the Pawtucket Red Sox. The jerseys will be auction off after the game to benefit the team’s Pinstripes Foundation.
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