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The United Way Home Run Club

Do you love UVA baseball? We do. And we appreciate the work ethic and sportsmanship of Coach Brian O’Connor and the high standards he sets for his athletes.

We also love our community and do our best every day to help children, families, at-risk elderly, those with health problems or disabilities, and the many working families struggling to be self-sufficient.

So we thought, “Why not combine our community’s passion and support for the baseball team with an equal passion for reaching out to help others in need?” And so, the United Way Home Run Club was born.

For every home run the UVA baseball team hits between April 1 and the end of the 2011 season, Home Run Club team members pledge $10 to the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area. (Of course, this is the first year that composite bats are not allowed, so we doubt the team will hit close to last year’s season–long total of 61 home runs.) But just to be safe, we have capped the amount at no more than $450.

Several area businesses have already signed on as team members:

Battelle Memorial Institute


Beer Run

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport

Clean Cut Mowing Service

Colonial Auto Center

CVille Tickets

Evergreen Real Estate & Construction

Frys Spring Station

The Law Firm of LeClair Ryan

Mane Assets Hair Salon

Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company

Roy Wheeler Realty

Select Speciality Products

Volvo of Charlottesville


CenturyLink enthusiastically endorsed the Home Run Club and immediately signed on as our Team Captain. They will be hosting a tailgate party using Cavalier One for our team members before the May 15 baseball game. Each team member business will receive 2 tickets to that game as well.


Union First Market Bank also stepped up to the plate as an All Star Player sponsor, as did WINA 1070 and The Daily Progress. We are running weekly ads in the Sunday paper listing the team member businesses and keeping a tally of the home runs. We find ourselves listening closely to each game broadcast on WINA, or following online, and the Home Run Club does not officially start until April 1! If you listen to WINA broadcasts of the baseball and lacrosse games, you will hear these sponsors voicing radio ads urging you to join the club!

We will be recording more ads naming the businesses who are team members and running those through the rest of the season.

 Can we add your business name to the list? Individuals are welcome as well. If you know of a local small (or big!) business that loves UVA baseball and also wants to support our community, tell them about the United Way Home Run Club. They can publicly show their support of both, plus get print and radio exposure for their business. Win-win. Click on the link on our sidebar to learn more.

Swing, batter, batter! GO HOOS!

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