Baltimore Orioles and Visit Sarasota County Spring Training
Kids Contest Winner Announced
SARASOTA, Fla. (March 23, 2017) – The Baltimore Orioles, Orioles Kids magazine and Visit Sarasota County once again partnered together to provide a trip to Sarasota, Fla. for one lucky child to see the Orioles play a spring season game. The contest ran in the Winter Issue of Orioles Kids magazine and asked children to submit a one-page statement on why they should be selected for the trip to Sarasota. This year’s winner hails from New Windsor, Maryland a small town between Baltimore and the Pennsylvania state line. Eight-year old Libby Green is a fourth-generation Orioles fan who has self-proclaimed black and orange running through her veins.
“Libby is clearly a passionate Orioles fan,” said Virginia Haley, President for VSC. “The entire Visit Sarasota team selected her entry as the winner. Libby is part of the Junior Orioles Dugout Club and has only missed a handful of games. She is excited to cheer on her favorite team in gorgeous Sarasota, FL.”
Libby and her father will receive tickets to see a spring training game on March 25th and round-trip airfare for two and three night’s hotel accommodations in Sarasota County.
The contest generated entries submitted by children from age 3 to 13 and further promotes the strong VSC and Orioles partnership which results in raising awareness of Sarasota County as a year-round must experience destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
About the Baltimore Orioles
Established in 1954, the Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles have been a part of the Sarasota community for more than two decades, operating an athletic training center at Twin Lakes Park since 1991. In 2009, the Orioles and Sarasota County began a 30-month construction project to renovate the training center at Twin Lakes Park and the ballpark and training center at Ed Smith Stadium to consolidate the Orioles’ Major and Minor League year round operations. In the seven years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than 765,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium. A recent independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $89 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For details, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.
About Sarasota County
Located on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences, a circus heritage unlike no other in the world and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides a beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Beach, named the Trip Advisors’ People’s Choice Award for “Best Beach” in 2017 and 2015. Later this year, Sarasota County’s Nathan Benderson Park will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships—the first United States destination to host the event in more than 20 years. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit www.visitsarasota.org or call (800) 522-9799.