May the Fourth be with you, RailRiders’ fans.
On May 4th, typically known as “Star Wars Day”, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will be holding their annual Star Wars night at PNC Field but this year they’re stepping up their game with the “Empire Gives Back” theme.
The RailRiders’ will be taking on the Pawtucket Red Sox that day with a 6:35 p.m. start time and the first 2,500 fans will receive a Chance Adams bobblehead doll, presented by Geisinger. The team will also be wearing Star Wars themed jerseys, which are to be auctioned in benefit of the Children’s Miracle Network, one of two charities the RailRiders are working this for this event.
The second Charity the RailRiders are partnering with was recently started by former RailRider, and current New York Yankee, Tyler Austin. After a recently announced promotion by the Pawtucket Red Sox that banned people named Tyler and Austin from their ballpark, the RailRiders decided to show support for the Baby Bomber.
Austin is a survivor of testicular cancer and was diagnosed at the age of 17. He is now cancer-free. April is known as Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and Austin took the opportunity to create a fundraiser for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.
Kimerling was an Emmy Award-winning anchor of WB 11 Sports in New York and the pre-game announcer for the New York Mets. He passed away from testicular cancer on September 9, 2003.
There will be t-shirts being sold to benefit Austin’s charity. All fans who purchase the “Ball Out” t-shirts on Star Wars Day will be entered into a raffle. Your entry into the raffle gives you the opportunity to win a signed baseball by Austin. They will raffle off one autographed Austin ball per inning. Additionally, at the end of the game, one fan will win four tickets to a Yankees game and will have the opportunity to meet Austin.
“There is nothing evil about this empire,” RailRiders Team President and General Manager Josh Olerud said. “We have the chance to be leaders on many different levels, and the ability to partner with Geisinger, the Children’s Miracle Network, as well as Tyler Austin’s fundraising efforts for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation, shows the force of good is strong in Northeast Pennsylvania’s Minor League Baseball club.”
The RailRiders will also donate 26% of all walk-up ticket sales to Austins’ fundraiser. Austin wears the number 26 for the Yankees.
Finally, there will be a dunk tank set up at PNC Field with the featured target being Darth Vader. All proceeds from the dunk tank will also be donated to the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.
The RailRiders also run a text-to-donate campaign which benefits Stand Up To Cancer. Fans can make a donation of $5.00 by texting SWBRR to 40202. For any additional information please contact the RailRiders’ front office at (570) 969-BALL.