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RENSSELAER COUNTY AND TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIPS FOR 2021 SEASON, INCLUDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS TO GET VACCINATED AT THE JOE

Rensselaer County and the Tri-City ValleyCats will be teaming up for a number of community outreach projects during the 2021 season, including several efforts to encourage residents to become vaccinated.

The partnership between the county and the Cats was announced today at a press conference at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium with County Executive Steve McLaughlin, members of the ValleyCats front office and new Cats Manager Pete Incaviglia.

“The ValleyCats are Rensselaer County’s hometown team, and we look forward to partnering with the Cats to get people out to The Joe and encourage residents to be vaccinated,” said McLaughlin.

“We’ve partnered with Rensselaer County to help vaccinate our team and this is a great opportunity for fans to do the same,” said ValleyCats President, Rick Murphy. “We look forward to working together on a safe and fun-filled summer as we prepare for our inaugural season in the Frontier League.”

The Cats will hold the home opener for their inaugural season in The Frontier League on June 4. The county will bring a vaccination clinic to The Joe for Opening Day and encourage residents to be conveniently and safely vaccinated.

The Opening Day vaccination clinic on June 4 is the first of seven vaccination clinics. Other clinics at Cats games at The Joe include June 19, July 7, July 29, August 6, August 19 and September 29.

As an incentive, individuals who become vaccinated at a county Cats clinic at The Joe will receive a family four-pack of tickets redeemable at the August 29 game. The first 2,000 kids in attendance will receive a free youth ValleyCats baseball jersey.

The county and Cats partnership will include a family BBQ event at The Joe, including a meet and greet with Cats players and a vaccination opportunity.

There will also be a special senior day at a Cats game during the summer, also including an opportunity for vaccinations.

During the 2021 season, individuals who receive vaccinations will be entered into drawings to win ValleyCats merchandise, including jerseys, hats, t-shirts and on-field experiences.

“We are excited to see the Cats take the field, just as we are excited to see progress in the fight against COVID-19. We are encouraging residents to come out for a great night of baseball with future stars of the game, and to take the opportunity to be vaccinated conveniently,” said McLaughlin.