Release Courtesy UC-Irvine
IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine baseball will host a Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, April 23 vs. Long Beach State to honor our nation’s military personnel and service members within the greater UC Irvine community.
“UCI baseball is proud to honor all members of our armed forces for their service to our country,” Head Coach Mike Gillespie added. “We have joined with Adidas to design and wear a new and unique camo uniform and hat in recognition of the sacrifice made by those serving in the Marine Corp, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Coast Guard as they protect our nation both home and abroad. Thank you for your service and may God bless you all.”
UC Irvine Athletics will be partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project and the UCI Veterans Services Center and other community partners to host more than 100 service members and their families. During the course of the game several members of each organization will be highlighted.
UC Irvine Athletics and Adidas Baseball collaborated to specially design a unique alternate camouflage uniform that the Anteaters will don for the first time this season. The first 100 kids 13 years of age and under in attendance will receive a free camouflage ‘Eaters Adidas shirt.
Active duty or former military personnel will be eligible to receive $5 general admission grass-seating tickets to the game by showing their official ID at the Anteater Ballpark box office on gameday (maximum of eight tickets per ID).
“UC Irvine Athletics is committed to celebrating the service of those that have served or are currently serving our country,” Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business Affairs, Phil Wang, said of the initiative. “We are pleased to be able to add our official team apparel partner, Adidas, to expand our existing efforts to give back to our local service members. In addition to this collaboration, UC Irvine will be launching a licensing partnership with Operation Hat Trick. Proceeds from merchandise and products sold through Operation Hat Trick are used to support a variety of Veteran programs.”
“Operation Hat Trick is proud to welcome UC Irvine to the family. Our partnership will make it possible to make a difference in the lives of those service members and veterans recovering from visible and invisible injuries. A portion of every sale of cobranded OHT/UC Irvine merchandise will be donated to selected organizations that support this mission. Thank you for your support.”