RiverHawks reading program reaches thousands
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January 12, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks’ reading outreach program has reached thousands of students in area elementary schools.

The RiverHawks are visiting local schools to promote the fun of reading. Rocko, the team’s mascot, and other team representatives meet students, share a story and also a favorite book. In four appearances, the RiverHawks have read to more than 2,000 local students. Nearly a dozen upcoming appearances have already been scheduled.

“I think that it is important to allow students a chance to succeed in the classroom,” director of operations Chris Daleo said. “By promoting reading, it allows our children to do just that.”

Kids are also offered the opportunity to join the Applebee’s Rocko’s Reading Club. Kids who join the program and read four books, upon verification, will receive a free kid’s meal at Applebee’s and a free ticket to a 2009 home game.

To schedule an appearance at your school, contact Daleo or Meredith Carlson at (815) 885-BALL.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. The RiverHawks will begin their eighth season at 7:05 p.m. May 21 at Windy City and play their home opener at 7:05 p.m. May 26 against the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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