Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Press release: James Street Improvement District and Barnstormers pair up

The Lancaster Barnstormers are teaming up with the James Street Improvement District (JSID) to promote kindness in the community.

The JSID bike patrol has been issued parking ticket-style vouchers designed not to punish bad behavior but reward random acts of kindness.

"Our squad witnesses kind gestures by residents—young and old—every day, reflecting the great sense of community that exists in many neighborhoods," said David Aichele, Operations Manager of the James Street Improvement District. "Thanks to the Barnstormers, we now have a great tool to reward people, especially young people, in a way that also helps promote the stadium and the team."

Any individual spotted doing something nice for their neighbor or neighborhood will be able to redeem one of these tickets at the stadium box office for a free game or winter activity ticket, according to Barnstormers General Manager Kevin Cummings. A Grand Prize winner will also be selected from the group of Good Deed Ticket recipients. The Grand Prize will consist of eight tickets to the final home game of the Barnstormers regular season – September 21 – as well as the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial last first pitch of the 2008 season.

"We work, live and play in this part of town too," Cummings said, "so whether it be picking up litter, shoveling your neighbor’s walkway in the winter time or any other small way that you can make our area better, we want to say 'thank you' the best way we know how."

The ‘Good Deed Coupons’ will be distributed by the JSID Bike Patrol during their normal patrol routes. The JSID Bike Patrol can be seen dressed in their well-known bright red uniforms patrolling throughout the Downtown and Northwest areas of Lancaster city.