A’s Infielder Eric Sogard and Stomper Visit Stege Elementary


From left to right: Detra Paige, director of community relations, Oakland Athletics; Eric Sogard, Oakland Athletics and Stomper, Oakland Athletics Mascot.

Stomper, Oakland Athletics Mascot; Eric Sogard, Oakland Athletics and Stege Elementary School Students.

Oakland A’s infielder Eric Sogard and team mascot Stomper visited Stege Elementary School in Richmond to launch the 2013 “Science of the Game” program, a partnership between the Oakland A’s, Chevron and Bay Area schools. Sogard passed out “Science of the Game” workbooks to approximately 100 fourth and fifth graders, and worked through science problems with students. Those students were rewarded with autographed A’s hats. Each student also received two tickets to the A’s 12:35 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Reds June 26. “Science of the Game” is designed to deepen interest and understanding among Bay Area youth by applying scientific concepts to baseball. The A’s and Chevron created and will distribute more than 15,000 “Science of the Game” workbooks to Bay Area schools that apply science formulas to questions about the game of baseball. The three workbooks, targeting grades 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8, are also available online at www.oaklandathletics.com/science. Students who complete their workbooks and submit their answer sheet to the A’s will receive two ticket vouchers to an upcoming A’s home game (restrictions apply and are noted on ticket voucher). “Chevron believes that STEM education is a critical element to helping students be successful and begin a pathway to high-wage jobs,” said Andrea Bailey, community engagement manager at Chevron Richmond. “By partnering with the Oakland A’s to develop Science of the Game, we can help bring science to life and show kids its applications in the real world.” Chevron partnered with the A’s last year to launch “Science of the Game” as part of its California Partnership, an initiative to invest in economic development and education in its home state. Since 2009, Chevron has invested over $15 million to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs that have reached more than 500,000 students and 6,700 teachers in California.
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