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TULANE TO HOST ST. MICHEAL'S SPECIAL SCHOOL
Green Wave to feature home run fund raiser and play an intrasquad game as activity begins at 9 a.m.
NEW ORLEANS, La.- The Tulane University baseball team and FedEx have joined forces as the Green Wave will host a benefit for the St. Michael's Elementary Special School Saturday at Turchin Stadium.
The event will feature a home run derby open to the public, as well as prizes, raffles and refreshments, and will host an exhibition game with the St. Micheal's students. The day will wrap up with a Tulane intrasquad game which is slated to begin at 1:30.
"St. Michael's is sort of the adopted school of Tulane baseball," head coach Rick Jones said. "We've had a lot of fun with it in the past, and it's for a worthy cause. Any time our players can spend time with the students of St. Michael's, that's a benefit for both St. Michaels and the members of our team. This is something we take a lot of pride in being a part of, and I hope that a lot of people will come out and support us in our continuing efforts to assist the New Orleans community."
The day begins at 9 a.m. with the home run derby. Participants will have the opportunity to launch bombs for a one dollar donation per swing. Distance markers will be set up to dictate prizes to the winners. All donations will go to benefit St. Michael's Elementary.
Following the derby, the Green Wave team will assist the students of St. Michael's at 11 a.m. and they will play an exhibition for approximately two hours. At the conclusion of the St. Michael's game, Tulane will play an intrasquad game. Admission is open to the public and complementary, but donations at the gate are welcomed and appreciated.
The weekend festivities carry over to Sunday when Tulane hosts its annual Scout Day as several pro scouts will be on hand to get their first look at the talented Green Wave lineup. The festivities begin at one with individual player drills, and the intrasquad contest slated for 2:15 p.m. Admission to Saturday's Scout Day is also open to the public and free of charge.
Entering his 11th season at Tulane, Jones has helped 31 players sign professional contracts, including Major Leaguer Jack Cressend of the Cleveland Indians and a pair of first-round draft picks in Jake Gautreau (San Diego, 2001) and Michael Aubrey (Cleveland, 2003).
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