OAKLAND, Calif. — The A’s are teaming up with Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation to host more than 1,000 children from community organizations Town Camp, Oakland Lacrosse, Street Soccer USA, Oakland Genesis Soccer Club, Oakland Zoo, and Oakland Public Library at the Coliseum on Wednesday, July 27. The fun day of baseball and activities is designed to promote movement and exercise, literacy and fun, in addition to offering free giveaways and surprise-and-delight moments. Co-founded by Stephen and Ayesha Curry, Eat. Learn. Play. is committed to unlocking the amazing potential of every child by fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring students have access to a quality education, and providing safe places for all children to play and be active.
Prior to the start of the 12:37 p.m. matchup versus the Astros, campers will take the field with A’s players for the national anthem. Additionally, Stephen and Ayesha will both throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Throughout the day, campers will also have lunch at the ballpark, visit the A’s Stomping Ground, lead the Coliseum crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and enjoy postgame activities empowering the spirit of play.
“We are excited to partner with Eat. Learn. Play. for their first Day at the Ballpark event and to support the amazing work they do for Bay Area youth,” said Stephanie Gaywood, Senior Director of Community Engagement and Community Fund. “We will welcome more than 1,000 kids to the Coliseum to enjoy the game, interactive activities, and lots of PLAY fun.”
“Similar to our Eat. Learn. Play. launch three years ago, we couldn’t be more excited to spend the day with kids from the Oakland community at our very first Eat. Learn. Play. Day at the Ballpark event,” said Stephen and Ayesha Curry, Co-Founders of Eat. Learn. Play. “This fun celebration underscores our work to enhance and diversify program offerings during the summer so that more Oakland kids have safe places to (eat, learn, and) play throughout the summer. Alongside our partners, we are continuing to provide creative and impactful ways to engage kids in unique experiences that inspire them to play through more playspaces, summer camps, and organized sports opportunities. We’re grateful to the A’s organization for giving us this moment to spotlight the importance of physical activity and how crucial it is in supporting childhood development.”
“We’re thrilled to work alongside the Oakland A’s and celebrate PLAY during the summer by hosting over 1,000 children from various Oakland organizations for a day of baseball and exciting activities,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Eat. Learn. Play. “Our foundation has begun setting the stage with major investments in our PLAY pillar in 2022 and beyond, and through close collaboration with community partners such as these, we know we can achieve the impossible.”