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For the third consecutive year, Minor League Baseball is partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Ready Campaign to educate and empower Americans to prepare for natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.  More than 35 teams, including the Oklahoma RedHawks and the Tulsa Drillers, are stepping up to the plate during the 2006 season to help encourage fans to prepare for emergencies.            

?Enjoying a local ballgame is an American tradition that attracted more than 41 million spectators last season,? said Homeland Security?s Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman.  ?We appreciate Minor League Baseball?s continued support of the Ready Campaign.  Through their assistance, and that of the Boy Scouts of America, we will reach baseball fans throughout the nation with important preparedness messages.?

Teams across the country will hold Ready nights, during the 2006 season, where local Boy Scouts, Citizen Corps volunteers and other community members will distribute emergency preparedness brochures to fans.  The brochures and other materials available at provide valuable information to help individuals prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.  Teams will also feature the Ready public service announcements on their scoreboards and in game programs.

?Like baseball, preparing for emergencies takes planning and practice,? said Mike Moore, President and CEO of Minor League Baseball.  ?Our organization is proud to be part of the Homeland Security and Boy Scouts efforts to educate Americans on how to prepare their families in case of an emergency through the Ready Campaign.?

Boy Scout troops across the nation are taking part in this effort for the third straight year.  By participating in the preparedness initiative, Scouts are able to earn the Good Turn for America Award, which fosters joint community service projects between the Boy Scouts and organizations like Homeland Security.  More information about the Boy Scouts of America and these awards can be found at  

?Each year, Boy Scouts across the country take a Scout Oath in which they pledge to ?help other people at all times,?? said Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America.  ?Our relationship with Homeland Security is a natural fit for our troops. One of the most important ways they can help our communities is to provide their neighbors with the resources they need to prepare for emergencies.?


2006 Season Participating Minor League Baseball Teams and Schedule of Ready Games (as of May 8, 2006)
Team Location Game Date
Akron Aeros Akron, OH 07/17/2006
Albuquerque Isotopes Albuquerque, NM 07/14/2006
Altoona Curve Altoona, PA TBD
Bowie Bay Sox Bowie, MD TBD
Carolina Mudcats Zebulon, NC 05/05/2006
Charlotte Knights Fort Mill, SC TBD
Chattanooga Lookouts Chattanooga, TN TBD
Columbus Clippers Columbus, OH TBD
Connecticut Defenders Norwich, CT 06/14/2006 and 07/08/2006
Harrisburg Senators Harrisburg, PA 07/03/2006
Hickory Crawdads Hickory, NC TBD
Indianapolis Indians Indianapolis, IN 05/10/2006
Kannapolis Intimidators Kannapolic, NC TBD
Lake County Captains Eastlake, OH TBD
Lexington Legends Lexington, KY 08/25/2006
Mahoning Valley Scrappers Niles, OH 06/01/2006
New Orleans Zephyrs Metairie, LA TBD
Norfolk Tides Norfolk, VA All Season
Oklahoma RedHawks Oklahoma City, OK TBD
Palm Beach Cardinals Palm Beach, FL TBD
Portland Beavers Portland, OR TBD
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Rancho Cucamonga, CA TBD
Reading Phillies Reading, PA TBD
Rochester Red Wings Rochester, NY TBD
Round Rock Express Round Rock, TX TBD
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Keizer, OR TBD
Savannah Sand Gnats Savannah, GA TBD
Spokane Indians Spokane, WA 07/07/2006
Staten Island Yankees Staten Island, NY 06/30/2006
Syracuse Sky Chiefs Syracuse, NY 06/09/2006
Toledo Mud Hens Toledo, OH TBD
Trenton Thunder Trenton, NJ TBD
Tucson Sidewinders Tucson, AZ 06/23/2006
Tulsa Drillers Tulsa, OK 07/21/2006
Vermont Lake Monsters Winooski, VT TBD
Visalia Oaks Visalia, CA TBD
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Jackson, TN TBD
Wichita Wranglers Wichita, KS TBD
Williamsport Crosscutters Williamsport, PA TBD