Updated October 01 2015
By Sam Bundy, Morning News
While the RedWolves provide the Florence area with summer entertainment through their games at Francis Marion University’s Sparrow Stadium, the team’s reach goes beyond the stadium.
“The Florence RedWolves’ goal is to provide great family entertainment highlighted by exciting baseball,” said RedWolves general manager Barbara Osborne. “The team couldn’t do what we do without the wonderful support the Florence community and surrounding area gives us. From the businesses that sponsor us to the fans that come to the games, the Florence community keeps the team going. So, as the community supports the RedWolves, the RedWolves support the community.
“I feel strongly that the Florence RedWolves’ organization has a responsibility to our community.”
Examples of the RedWolves’ involvement in the community:
-Players have visited MCLeod Children’s Hospital, New Generations Adult Day Center, hosted a clinic for Thursday’s Child and helped kick off the Florence Public Library’s summer reading program.
-The RedWolves’ staff and Homer the mascot have manned phones for the Children’s Miracle Network at McLeod Children’s Hospital. They’ve visited Carver Elementary School for Health Fair and Magnolia Mall during the holiday season and to participate in the Madden Challenge. They’ve participated in the Autism Dash, McLeod Sports Geoffrey Kier Memorial Scholarship Race, Special Olympics, McLaurin Elementary School’s Walking Celebration, McLeod Hospital’s Marcus Lattimore Tailgate, and they’ve attended Kiwanas Club Meetings.
-Autism Awareness Night at the RedWolves was complete with a Touch-a-Truck, autism ribbon sale, Float for a Fund, 50/50 raffle and special autism jerseys worn by the players for the game and then auctioned off. This event helped raise awareness for autism and more than $2,500 for local Autism Advocacy group.
-Cancer Awareness Night game which included a survivor’s walk, balloon release, 50/50 raffle and a pink player jersey auction. Event raised more than $1,100 for local Cancer Society.
-Miracle League of Florence night at the RedWolves brought players to our game where they received free admission and got to run the bases before the game. All proceeds from a Float for a Fund and 50/50 raffle went to the group.
-The RedWolves teamed with Toys for Tots during our Christmas in July game to help provide toys for needy children in our community.
-The RedWolves saluted the military with the We Salute You military appreciation night. Active military and veterans received free admission and a t-shirt.
-The RedWolves also held appreciation nights for local firemen, law enforcement and EMS personnel.
-The RedWolves collected canned goods for the Harvest Hope food bank, collected food and cleaning supplies for the Florence Co. Humane Society.
-The RedWolves collected school supplies for the Boys and Girls Club of Florence with our Homework Helpers
-The RedWolves’ concession stand is manned by local non-profit groups that receive a percentage of the income.