PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Baseball) – In lieu of the festivities that surround Halloween, the Shawnee State University baseball program will conduct its own Trick or Treat event, which will be held at Branch Rickey Park on Wednesday, Oct. 28th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The event, which will be open to all ages, allows the members of the local community to participate with the Bears' baseball program in various activities, including a costume contest as well as the baseball program's own version of Trick or Treat. Additionally, participants at the Trick or Treat event will be able to run the bases at Branch Rickey Park.
Overall, Shawnee State University baseball head coach Chris Moore believes that participating in the event is another way in which the community, the baseball program, and the university as a whole can develop a stronger bond with one another.
"It's an opportunity to introduce the youth in the area and the community to the baseball players," Moore said. "Primarily, it's just a chance for our team to go out to the field and have fun with the kids. Since we're over at Portsmouth Elementary School working for Project M.O.R.E, the guys have a rapport with them, so it's another opportunity for us to get to know them better."
As for the event itself, Moore encourages the members of the community to take part in the Trick or Treat festivities.
"We're going to have games out there for kids to play, there will be stations set up for trick or treating, there's a chance to meet some of the Shawnee State baseball players and run around the bases, so in essence, a vast array of family-oriented activities going on at Branch Rickey Park."
Moore believes that the event not only brings community to the table, but also gives his players a chance to meet individuals from various backgrounds.
"I think it's interesting," Moore said. "You open your doors and you expose yourself to different kinds of people. I think that it's good because it pushes our guys out of their comfort zone and allows them to learn about all kinds of different backgrounds.
"Everybody's not the same. We have guys on the team who are from here in the county, and then we have guys who are from as far away as the West Coast. Just being able to integrate ourselves more with the community is a huge positive and we can do that by exposing our team."