In their continued efforts to support youth education, the Angels have teamed up with the Orange County Office of Education and the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID) to form Angels Scholars. Created in 2006, the Angels Scholars program annually awards college scholarships to five academically talented, financially disadvantaged public middle school students in Orange County. The Angels Baseball Foundation will award each Angels Scholar $4,000 (plus accrued interest) upon their acceptance into a four-year college. Each year, all Scholars are honored during an on-field pregame ceremony at Angel Stadium. Click here for more information on Angels Scholars.
The Angels kicked off their Adopt-A-School program in 2007 by adopting five local elementary schools and five local high schools. Every year, the Angels and the Angels Baseball Foundation "adopts" a new class of ten schools. Angels players, broadcasters, Alumni and the Angels Strike Force visit the elementary schools and speak to the students about the importance of working hard, reading and staying in school. As a part of the Adopt-A-School program, the Angels Baseball Foundation donates tickets, a $1,000 grant and school supplies to each elementary school. The Foundation donates tickets and $2,500 to each of the five adopted high schools to assist their softball and baseball programs in the areas of equipment, uniforms and field/facility renovation. All schools are honored at a pre-game ceremony during the season.
The Angels annually honor high school students and athletic teams who have earned athletic and scholastic recognition through the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). CIF honors high school athletic teams based on their cumulative grade point average. Individual award recipients must be seniors who have maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average in college-prep courses over the past three years. These students must also have earned a Varsity letter in at least one sport and participated in an additional extracurricular activity. Students are honored on the field during a pregame ceremony and given tickets to enjoy a night of Angels Baseball.
This summer, the Angels and Denny's are partnering with local libraries to encourage students to take part in the Rally Readers program to promote reading as a positive activity for children.
Participants can sign up with their parents online at angels.com/rallyreaders, and kids ages 5-13 will keep a log to track their total hours reading and number of books read. Readers can participate in Strike Force Reading Day on July 9th at Angel Stadium where kids and their families have the opportunity to come read on the outfield grass. On May 15th, kids can start redeeming their reading logs at local Denny's restaurants for prizes donated by the Angels and Denny's throughout the summer.
One grand prize winner, who read at least 60 hours, will announce "Play Ball!" at the Angels game on September 3rd vs. Tampa Bay. For more information, to download a reading log or to sign up for Reading on the Green please click here.
Read Across America Day
Every year on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 1, the Angels join schools across Southern California to celebrate reading during Read Across America Day. In conjunction with the National Education Association's Read Across America event, Angels Alumni, Strike Force and front office staff attended local schools to read aloud in classrooms and share the importance of reading.