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June 7, 2013
Updated June 11, 2013
For the third consecutive summer, Northwest Missouri State University alumni and friends are invited to enjoy a fun-filled evening at the ballpark – as well as an attempt to break a world record – during Northwest Night at the St. Joseph Mustangs Saturday, June 22.
The baseball game featuring the St. Joseph Mustangs and the Sedalia Bombers begins at 7 p.m. at Phil Welch Stadium, 2600 SW Parkway, in St. Joseph. This year’s event also will include a tailgate from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University and the Northwest Alumni Association. Additional details are provided below.
“The Mustangs provide a great backdrop for a Bearcat-spirited event that showcases Northwest,” said Polly Parsons Howard, director of alumni and donor relations at Northwest. “Whether you’re an alumnus, prospective student, business or family, we invite people to join us at the tailgate and then to cheer on the Mustangs. Our hope is to pack the stands with Bearcats and set a couple of records while showing our pride for the University.”
Game tickets are available to purchase through the Northwest Alumni Association for a discounted price of $5 after all free tickets are redeemed. Fans may reserve tickets by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 660.562.1248 or Brenda@nwmissouri.edu.
Tickets may be picked up before the game, beginning at 5 p.m., at the green Northwest Alumni Association tent, located outside the stadium’s right field fence.
Look for the Northwest Alumni Association tent beyond the right field fence between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to join the Green and White pregame festivities. The tailgate will feature a meal catered by Hy-Vee, which will include a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink at a cost of $5 per person.
Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and may do their own traditional tailgating prior to the game. Representatives of Northwest’s admissions office, Career Services and KXCV, as well as the St. Joseph and Kansas City centers, will be available to discuss University programs and answer questions.
The tailgate also will feature a live remote with KKJO 105.5 FM. Additionally, Mustangs players will sign autographs between 5:30 and 6 p.m.; fans must bring their own items to be autographed.
Free T-shirts – courtesy of the Northwest Alumni Association, Northwest Missouri State University’s St. Joseph and Kansas City centers and The Student Body – will be given to the first 200 fans to stop by the Northwest Alumni Association tent.
Help Northwest and the St. Joseph Mustangs break the world record for the most first pitches thrown simultaneously. The record currently stands at 119, which means 240 individuals – that’s pitchers and catchers – are needed to break the mark.
Any person may participate. Interested individuals should stop by the Northwest Alumni Association tent prior to the game to receive a free T-shirt and other details. Catchers must bring their own gloves.
Bobby Bearcat and the Bearcat Steppers will be in attendance and will help with the many Northwest-themed promotions and giveaways throughout the game. Larry Mannasmith, Northwest’s assistant director of admissions and an alumnus of the University, will sing the national anthem.
Northwest also will announce the recipient of its Young Educator of the Year Award. Darryl Johnson, a Northwest alumnus and recent inductee into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, will present the award.
St. Joseph Mustangs players will wear green jerseys in support of Northwest during the game, and last year’s Northwest Night at the St. Joseph Mustangs game drew 4,231 fans – the largest in the Mustangs' four-year history.
The St. Joseph Mustangs are members of the M.I.N.K. Baseball League, a summer collegiate baseball league that includes eight teams from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. They are managed by Matt Johnson, a health and physical education instructor at Northwest. For more information about the St. Joseph Mustangs, visit www.stjoemustangs.com.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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