For the York Revolution and Special Olympics York County, 2014 will be the year of the athletes.
The Revolution has named Special Olympics York County the baseball team's 2014 Presenting Partner.
The Revolution will spotlight the athletes and work of the nonprofit Special Olympics, which provides free training and competition events for about 350 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
"This partnership is great for athletes, said Kellee Terosso, the Special Olympics York County manager. "We can have some very unique experiences with the York Revolution and Special Olympics athletes. It's athlete to athlete."
Raising funds: Through the partnership, Special Olympics also will be given various opportunities to increase awareness of its organization and raise money for its work, said Terosso and Paul Braverman, the Revolution's promotions and communications manager.
The Revolution will donate $2 from every lawn ticket sold for games at Santander Stadium in York City.
The Special Olympics will keep the proceeds of a "game-worn jersey auction," in which fans bid on Special Olympics-themed jerseys worn by the players in a game. Special Olympics athletes will have input in the jersey's design.
Proceeds from the Revolution's post-game promotion contest will go to Special Olympics, which will also sell its own specialty and promotional items at the Revs games.
Fans will have opportunities to donate $1 to Special Olympics while purchasing Revolution game tickets online.
The partner agreement lasts for one season, Braverman said.
Picking a partner: The annual search for presenting partners begins in August, with the Revolution gathering information from nonprofit groups interested in such partnerships and from team representatives who work with various nonprofits throughout the year.
Then the team's front-office officials decide which organization will become the presenting partner, Braverman said.
Past presenting partners each grossed between $55,000 and $100,000 in their season-long fundraising efforts, according to Braverman.
The Special Olympics will be the Revolution's fifth presenting partner. The two organizations have held past "Special Olympics Nights," when Special Olympics athletes paraded around the field and threw first pitches.
The event will be held again Sunday, Aug., 10, 2014, when the Revolution hosts the Long Island Ducks, Braverman said.
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