Nice promotion on a few levels: Portland Sea Dogs (Class AA; Eastern League) mascot Slugger the Sea Dog will walk from Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts to Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine to raise money and awareness for Tourette’s Syndrome (TS).
Slugger will depart from the warning track at Fenway Park at noon on Sunday, May 4, just before that afternoons Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics. He is scheduled to arrive at Hadlock Field on his 20th birthday; Thursday, May 8, in time for that evening’s 6 p.m. Sea Dogs game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The fundraising event will take Slugger on a 114-mile journey.
Tourette’s Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder characterized by involuntary sudden movements and vocalizations, known as tics. It is little understood and can be difficult to witness. The money raised through Slugger’s walk will go to Tourette’s-related non-profits: the Tourette’s Syndrome Association for their Youth Ambassador Program and Camp Twitch and Shout, a camp for kids with Tourette’s Syndrome.
Donations can be made online at seadogs.com. Slugger is hoping to raise $20,000 in honor of his 20th birthday.
“As a non-profit camp for kids with Tourette’s, we rely on donations,” stated Camp Twitch & Shout President Tricia Kardon. “We are happy to be part of Slugger’s epic adventure and sincerely thank him for going the extra mile for children with Tourette’s.”
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