The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Class AA; Southern League) will have their own bat dog this season, as the team is set to welcome Sgt. Scampi. Sgt. Scampi, who will debut at the Jumbo Shrimp game this Friday, was signed from K9s For Warriors, and will appear for a designated half inning at each Friday home game.
Sgt. Scampi’s addition is part of weekly tributes to military personnel on Red Shirt Friday. Those who wear red to the ballpark on Fridays may save $1 per ticket at the box office or donate the $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Jumbo Shrimp also wear red “Bold City” jerseys to support military personnel. NAPA AutoCare Family Fireworks follow every Friday home game.
“Sgt. Scampi brings special talent to the Jumbo Shrimp team, and our fans will enjoy his bat retrieving every Friday this season,” said Jumbo Shrimp general manager Harold Craw. “He represents a great organization, K9s For Warriors, and the military personnel they serve. We are excited to include them in our military appreciation promotions.”
The Jumbo Shrimp will continue to offer active military and veterans $5 reserved tickets to every home game. The team will also host three Military Family Appreciation Nights, when active military and veterans and their immediate families receive free general admission or reserved tickets. The nights are Sunday, May 28 (presented by Navy Mutual Life Insurance), Thursday, June 29 (presented by Navy Federal Credit Union), and Wednesday Aug. 23.
K9s For Warriors, located in Ponte Vedra, Florida, helps veterans with PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a new outlook on life. The non-profit group carefully selects dogs for their program from animal shelters across the country and professionally trains them at their facility. The dogs are then matched with warriors with whom they live, learn and bond together for three weeks before graduating and returning to home and family life. To learn more, go to their website at www.k9sforwarriors.org.
“We are so grateful to The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp for honoring service members and veterans. Sgt. Scampi, his dog trainer, Frank, and the entire team at K9s For Warriors are incredibly excited to be a part of Red Shirt Friday this season,” said Rory Diamond, chief executive officer of K9s For Warriors. “We look forward cheering on the team and sharing our mission!”