Helping the Community

OVERVIEW

The Elmore Sports Group (ESG) is committed to giving back to the community. We raise funds and awareness for a large number of local and national charities and non-profits. Each of our organizations takes pride in strengthening our individual communities by investing in students, churches, fundraising efforts, and various community events each year through our donation programs.

In a concerted effort to promote early childhood education, ESG organizations create reading programs in the elementary schools of every team’s surrounding community. For founder Dave Elmore, a guiding principle for ESG is to invest in the community through volunteerism, charitable giving, and providing affordable family entertainment.

All of our teams are dedicated to the cause of strong community.

Colorado Spring SkySox

With over 300 personal appearances, the Sky Sox is committed to the greater Colorado Springs community.

During the 2016 calendar year, the Sky Sox Community Relations Department makes over 100 appearances in the Southern Colorado and greater Colorado Springs community. Some of these events include the Sky Sox Reading Program, player appearances, fundraising and mascot events. In addition, through donations, letters and correspondence, the Sky Sox are part of over 300 more events.

Highlights from the 2016 season included another dramatic increase in the Sky Sox Reading Program. The program had its highest ever recorded enrollment with 14,898 students and 593 classes participating. The program, entering its sixth season, gives prizes from local businesses, as well as two $250 college funds courtesy of U.S. Bank.  The Sky Sox also continue to play an integral part of the city’s response to the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires of years past, by hosting the second annual Heroes Classic Batting Practice, donating all proceeds raised through a jersey auction to local fire and police charities as well as the Wounded Warrior Project.

2016 Community and Promotions: Military Appreciation Nights (Military), Sky Sox Take Batting Practice with Local Heroes, The Sky Sox Reading Program presented by US Bank, Sky Sox Math Days, Player Appearance at Fort Carson USO (Community Appearances), Sox the Fox Appearances (Sky Sox), SSFCU Youth Baseball Clinics (Security Service Federal Credit Union), YMCA Youth Baseball Clinic, Junior Sky Sox (Midas), Scout Nights, Sky Sox Faith Day Game and Concert (VisionTrust), Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure and Susan G. Komen “Pink the Park” for Breast Cancer Awareness.

San Antonio Missions

In 2016, San Antonio Missions participated in over 100 community events and programs during their successful season.

The Missions are invested in the San Antonio community, and are frequently seen around town in fundraising efforts. The Missions also take pride in helping out students in local elementary schools, and appearing in various community and church events throughout year.

2016 Notable Community Events: Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, Military Appreciation Nights, Star Wars Night (Alzheimer’s Association), Autism Community Network, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, State of Texas Kidney Foundation, American Heart/Stroke Association, Anti-Bully Rally, Ballapeño and Puffy Taco Appearances, McCombs Enterprises and the Partners in Education and the Missions Rookie League.

Inland Empire 66ers

In 2016, the 66ers became what we always hoped it would be; a rallying point for our community

On December 2nd tragedy struck the city of San Bernardino when 14 people were killed and 21 others injured after two terrorists attacked the Inland Regional Center. San Manuel Stadium, home of 66ers Baseball, became the location for the community to gather and become SB Strong. Less than 24 hours after the mass shooting, thousands gathered at San Manuel Stadium to attend a candlelight and prayer vigil. Victims’ families and friends, community leaders and the community at large started healing together. On this night “SB Strong” came into existence and an organic fundraising opportunity happened after multiple attendees asked where they could buy tee shirts with the SB Strong logo. Orders came in from all over the country ending up in over 2,000 t­shirts being sold with proceeds being donated to the San Bernardino United Relief Fund. To say thank you to those who raced towards danger during the attack, 66ers Baseball, hosted a lunch for the first responders on December 15th. 66ers served over 500 personnel from local police, sherriff, fire, and EMS organizations. The San Bernardino business community came together and hosted a SB Strong Charity Picnic and Blood Drive at San Manuel Stadium on December 19, 2015. Over $30,000 was raised and more people than could be accommodated showed up to donate blood. In further showcasing our commitment to the community, the Inland Empire 66ers with the San Jose Giants wore SB Strong themed Jersey on April 15th in remembrance of the December 2nd tragedy which helped create an environment to celebrate those who lost their lives.

Notable charity events include: Hospital Visits (ARMC Hospital, Breakfast and a Book (Emmerton Elementary), Hit The Books Reading Program (Area Elementary & Middle Schools), Zombie Apocalypse (Life Stream), Boy Scout Night (Boy Scouts of America), Little League Program (Area Little Leagues), DissAbility Night, Pink Ribbon Place Night (Pink Ribbon Place) and San Bernardino Strong (San Bernardino United Relief Fund).

Utah Grizzlies

With over 160 appearances, the Utah Grizzlies are an established part of the Salt Lake City, Davis, Weber, and Utah communities.

We’ve also donated over 1,500 tickets to non-profits along the Wasatch Front (Salt Lake City, Davis, Weber, and Utah Counties). Additionally, the Grizzlies and the Maverik Center donated over 30 hours of ice time to the Utah Amateur Hockey Association for practice, games, and tournaments. As part of our early education initiative, the Grizzlies elementary school assembly program went to 54 area schools and put over 10,000 free tickets in the hands of kids.

Notable events in 2012-2013: Almost 90 Mascot appearances, The Grizzlies Elementary School Assembly Program, Reading Program: Partnership with Salt Lake County Library, and Youth Hockey. The Grizzlies have also done fundraising and community work with the American Heart Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, Girl Scouts, Intermountain Donor Services, Crohns and Colitis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, American Diabetes Association, the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, MDA, MS, UDVC, and many more.

The Grizzlies provide a huge platform for local non-profits to raise funds and awareness. We welcome local charities to use the publicity in our arena to further their own work.

Idaho Falls Chukars

The Idaho Falls Chukars are committed to community.

As a local business whose success is based on the community support that we receive each summer, the Idaho Falls Chukars recognize the importance of passing that support along to help other organizations that benefit our area.  Having Melaleuca Field as the largest gathering place in our city during the summer months, the Idaho Falls Chukars are fortunate to have the opportunity to bring large groups of people together on a nightly basis.  This enable the Chukars to help raise funds and awareness for a large number of charitable and non-profit groups in a fun, family environment.

2016 Community Programs and Promotions: US Bank Kid’s Clinic, Knot Hole – Bobble Sox Night, Cal Ripken Youth Baseball Night (Cal Ripken Youth Baseball), YMCA Youth Baseball Night (YMCA Youth Baseball), ALS Night/Prostate Cancer Awareness Night (The ALS Association).

Eugene Emeralds

The Emeralds continue to create strong and positive presence in the Emerald Valley

The Eugene Emeralds team and staff are dedicated to providing the best in family entertainment and strongly believe in always giving back to our community. The Eugene Emeralds have worked hard to create a strong and positive presence in the Emerald Valley through the dedication of time, service and donations to the surrounding areas of Eugene, Springfield and the greater Lane County.

Aside from a record breaking season on the field, the Eugene Emeralds continued to build their relationships with the community through ticket and merchandise donations, attending and hosting community events, player and mascot appearances, and front office involvement. The Emeralds have continued to grow relationships over their 61 seasons and recognize their responsibility to the Emerald Valley. The Emeralds are grateful to be able to call Eugene their home, and hope to continue to make it a better place.

Notable charity events include: Back to School Night, Bike at the Ballpark, Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley, Children’s Miracle Network, Christmas for Kids, Dog Day, Donation Requests, EWEB Run to Stay Warm, Good Karma Monday, Hayden, the Emeralds Honorary Player, Kendall Community Spotlight, Local Youth Baseball, March of Dimes, Mascot/Player Appearances, Military Appreciation Night, Pediatric Cancer Awareness, Relief Nursery, Scout Night, Sluggo’s Home Run Reading Challenge, Special Olympics, Specialty Jerseys, Teacher Appreciation and Ticket Fundraiser Program.