FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2017
Annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game set for April 15 at Historic Dodgertown’s Holman Stadium
The 70th anniversary of Jackie’s contribution to sports and society honored in fourth annual game, benefitting United Way of Indian River County
Vero Beach, FL (March 17, 2017) — Historic Dodgertown and United Way of Indian River County are pleased to announce the fourth annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will take place on Saturday evening, April 15 at Holman Stadium. Tickets for this popular game will go on sale March 23 at multiple locations, and the event is expected to sell out.
This year the St. Lucie Mets will play the Kissimmee Florida Fire Frogs, formerly known as the Brevard County Manatees. The Fire Frogs team is an Atlanta Braves affiliate. Game time is 6:35 p.m., with gates opening at 4:30 p.m.
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers and when he stepped onto the field he broke the color barrier in sports. The following year Dodgertown opened and became the first fully integrated Spring Training facility in the south.
“This year’s Jackie Robinson Celebration Game is most significant because April 15 is the 70th anniversary of when Jackie first played Major League Baseball for the Dodgers,” said Peter O’Malley, Historic Dodgertown Chairman. “The extraordinary impact Jackie made is being appreciated and understood more and more throughout the years. He was a leader of American civil rights at a time when segregation was prevalent in society. Jackie succeeded on and off the field starting during Spring Training at Dodgertown in Vero Beach.”
“United Way is proud to partner with Historic Dodgertown in the fourth annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game,” United Way CEO Michael Kint said. “This has become a phenomenal community-wide event that is inspirational, family friendly, affordable, and lots of fun. We deliberately keep ticket prices as low as possible so more people have access to this outstanding event.”
“The Jackie Robinson Celebration Game is an event the entire County looks forward to, and it is fitting the game is held here, where history took place,” said Craig Callan, Vice President, Historic Dodgertown. “When guests and athletes come to Historic Dodgertown they are walking on the same paths and playing on the fields where Jackie practiced and played, which is of tremendous significance. We are grateful to Minor League Baseball, the St. Lucie Mets and Fire Frogs for their participation in honoring a great man.”
Massey Romans Wealth Management Team of Raymond James together with Route 60 Hyundai are this year’s game sponsors, and their generosity gives Treasure Coast residents the opportunity to enjoy baseball outdoors and under the lights at Historic Dodgertown’s Holman Stadium.
Advance tickets are priced at $6 apiece and available Thursday, March 23 through Thursday, April 13, at the following locations: Marine and Seacoast Banks in Indian River and St. Lucie Counties, as well as at the United Way Center in Vero Beach and at Historic Dodgertown. On Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, tickets will be sold at Historic Dodgertown’s main lobby only, for $8 apiece. Net ticket proceeds will benefit community service programs through the United Way of Indian River County.
United Way does the critical but largely invisible work required to reach community human service goals especially in the areas of education, financial stability and health. For more information about United Way or to give online, visit our website at UnitedWayIRC.org. United Way of Indian River County invites people to get involved by helping others. Go to www.VolunteerIndianRiverCounty.org to learn about local opportunities for service.
To learn more about the Jackie Robinson Celebration Game please visit www.UnitedWayIRC.org. For more information about Historic Dodgertown, please visit www.HistoricDodgertown.com.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532