High Point, NC (May 12, 2020) – On Friday, May 8th, the High Point Rockers partnered with Old Dominion Freight Line to host a canned food drive at BB&T Point to help The Salvation Army of High Point fill their food pantry to help local families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The need for food never goes away and we are thrilled that our event was able to fill the shelves at the Salvation Army,” said Pete Fisch, President of the High Point Rockers. “This shows the power in togetherness when partners collaborate with each other for a common goal. Old Dominion Freight Line stepped up and made it happen.”
Through the donations received from the High Point Rockers, Old Dominion Freight Line and the High Point Community on Friday, thousands of breakfast items, canned foods, and boxed meals were donated to The Salvation Army of High Point food pantry to help local families in need. On Monday, May 11th, Old Dominion loaded 12 pallets of food and delivered them to The Salvation Army of High Point. Together they unloaded the Old Dominion truck and the High Point Rockers staff volunteered to unpack and restock the pantry shelves.
“We are so grateful for the Rockers and Old Dominion for supporting our food pantry by hosting a canned food drive,” explains Antoine Dalton, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army of High Point. “The donations helped us restock our shelves to serve more families as the needs have increased during this challenging time. Old Dominion delivering the pallets of food and the High Point Rockers helping unload and restocking the pantry was a tremendous help. This was another great example showcasing our community partners coming together to support our neighbors in need.”
Locally, The Salvation Army of High Point has adapted programs and services to ensure that immediate needs of community members, including local men, women, children and families, have access to food, shelter, and desperately needed services. With a spike in requests over the last few weeks, support from these amazing community partners and generous donors during this time is greatly appreciated to ensure that services are available to existing and new vulnerable populations.
“Our community is a special place, and we thank everyone who took the time to donate,” said Patrick Budd, Old Dominion Freight Line. “We appreciate the creativity of the Rockers in putting together a food drive when typically, we would be celebrating the start of a new baseball season.”
To learn more about The Salvation Army of High Point’s response during COVID-19, please visit www.tsahighpoint.org.
HIGH POINT, NC – Although the Rockers and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will not be taking the field against one another this week, the two Atlantic League franchises are finding another way to compete while helping those in need. On Friday, May 8th, both teams will hold a day long food drive at their respective home ballparks with all donations going to local food shelters severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Although we can’t be on the field picking up wins right now, bringing positivity and good will to the community is still our top priority,” said Pete Fisch, new Team President of the High Point Rockers. “We are excited to work with Southern Maryland to keep the competitive spirit alive during these unprecedented times and I know our supporters in High Point, and the Triad, will come out in force to help us succeed on May 8th!”
Following an impressive Opening Day “victory” in which the Rockers donated approximately 1,200 meals to city emergency personnel and frontline medical workers, the team is excited to pick up their first “road win” of the season against the Blue Crabs. To assist in the effort, High Point is partnering with local partner Old Dominion Freight Line to increase awareness and donations with all items being given to the Salvation Army.
“Food insecurity is an issue in our community and during this health crisis it has been even more of a concern,” said Dick Podiak, vice president, marketing and communications for Old Dominion Freight Line. “Over the years, Old Dominion employees, friends, and neighbors have stepped up to the plate to collect canned food around the holidays. So, we appreciate the creativity of the Rockers to give back to help out the community at this time when normally we’d be enjoying the start of the season.”
To ensure social distancing measures are kept, certain guidelines will be put in place for all those wishing to donate food items at BB&T Point. Donations will be accepted from 8:00am to 5:00pm outside the team’s front office along Gatewood Avenue. Fans will be required to load their donations in the back of their vehicles prior to arriving at BB&T Point, remain in their vehicle while Rockers staff members unload the donations, and wear a mask while waiting.
“Our fans have supported us for the last 13 years, and it is our job to support them. We ask everyone in Southern Maryland to come and donate food on May 8th,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel.
The Rockers were scheduled to host Southern Maryland on Thursday, April 30th for their Opening Day of the 2020 season, while the Blue Crabs would welcome High Point on Friday, May 8th to Regency Furniture Stadium for their first home game of the year. Instead, the friendly competition will feature special “gameday” moments each day such as starting lineups, the national anthem, on-field promotions, and more.
Despite the start of the Atlantic League season being delayed, the Rockers are still celebrating what would have been Opening Week with multiple charitable initiatives. On Monday, April 27th, the team began selling limited edition “Safe At Home” t-shirts on their website for pre- order only. The shirts will be available for purchase for just $20 plus shipping, until May 15th with all net proceeds going to benefit the United Way of Greater High Point’s Emergency Fund.
The Rockers are also letting fans add to their collection of team gear as all hats are available for 30% off when purchased online using the promo code “CAP30” at checkout. For more information, and to see all events during the Rockers “Opening Week #SafeAtHome”, check the team’s social media pages or slide to www.HighPointRockers.com.
About High Point Baseball, Inc
High Point Baseball aka the High Point Rockers began their inaugural season in the Atlantic League in 2019 with their home opener on May 2, in a brand new approximately $36M downtown ballpark named BB&T Point. Enhancing the rich baseball history in North Carolina, High Point Baseball is part of the fastest growing family sport in America. High Point Baseball is committed to providing superior customer service and quality, affordable family entertainment experiences for the Triad of North Carolina. With seven players having their contract purchased and earning the 2019 Ballpark of the Year as well as Mascot of the Year (HYPE, The Rocking Horse), the High Point Rockers have built a fun and competitive atmosphere in both High Point and the Atlantic League.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com
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