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A's in the Community

Educational Programs

Home Run Readers
Home Run Readers

Teachers and administrators can enroll in the Oakland A's Home Run Readers Program to work together in promoting the importance of literacy and encourage reading in the classroom. Help your students set reading goals and work toward exciting rewards.

Students and schools that achieve their goals receive:
  • An entry into a drawing to receive a visit by an A's player or coach to your school
  • An entry to receive a Stomper visit to your school
  • An invitation to attend the Oakland A's Home Run Readers Day at the coliseum
  • Top male student and top female student will be randomly selected as an announcer for half an inning on Home Run Readers Day
  • An entry for a Home Run Reader to throw out the ceremonial first pitch
  • And more!

Over 100 Bay Area schools participate in the Home Run Readers program, sponsored by the A's Community Fund.

The 2016/2017 Home Run Readers enrollment period is now open. If you are a school that is interested in participating in the 2016/2017 program please email HomeRunReaders@athletics.com.

Enrollment period will end on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Mathletics
Mathletics

Since the Mathletics program inception in 2003, over 200,000 Bay Area and Northern California students' grades first through eighth have participated. The "Mathletics" program is sponsored by ROSS and CSN California.

The Mathletics Board and the A's distribute thousands of "Mathletics" workbooks which utilize simple formulas for calculating statistics of A's players to students in hopes to promote the importance of math among Bay Area youth. Students who are in the first through eighth grade, that complete the workbooks correctly and submit the answer sheet to the A's will earn two ticket vouchers to an A's game. One lucky school will receive a visit from an A's player.

Mathletics group photo

The Oakland Athletics would like to THANK all of our teachers that served on the Mathletics Board for the 2016 season! These dedicated teachers (pictured above) created the curriculum for the 1st-8th grade workbooks for 2016.

All Mathletics workbooks have been distributed for the 2016 season and the deadline has passed to redeem for vouchers, however you may still download a Mathletics workbook to practice your math skills!

The 2017 Mathletics workbooks will be available by end of January 2017.

The A's would like to welcome the 2017 Mathletics Board:
Courtney Morales-Rosen

Courtney Morales-Rosen
1st-2nd

Travis Buck

Lydia Kosmos
1st-2nd

Jana Smith

Jana Smith
3rd-4th

Tracy Dordell

Tracy Dordell
3rd-4th

Justin Mclilton

Justin Mclilton
5th-6th

Deja Escalera

Deja Escalera
5th-6th

Nancy Karell

Nancy Karell
7th-8th

Tanya Frescas

Tanya Frescas
7th-8th

Science of the Game
Science of the Game

Chevron and the Oakland A's have partnered to bring Science of the Game to students in the 1st -8th grades. Students have the opportunity to earn two (2) free ticket vouchers to a regular season A's game by learning about baseball and the role that Science plays through this workbook program.

Workbooks are now available for download.

Bill King Scholarship
Holy Toledo

The Oakland Athletics Community Fund awards one scholarship each season to an undergraduate student that is majoring in journalism or broadcasting. This $3,500 scholarship is intended for qualified tuition or required expenses such as fees, books, supplies and equipment for courses of instruction at a qualified educational institution. The recipient may even receive the opportunity to intern with the A's Broadcasting Department.

This scholarship has been established in memory of Bill King, long-time legendary Bay Area Sports Announcer. The purpose of this scholarship is to support a student who plans to pursue a career in journalism or broadcasting.

Student applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time student in your freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior year at a college or university in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Prove financial need, as evidenced by expenses and offset by other scholarships, loans, grants and other sources of supplemental aid.
  • Possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Show a demonstrated strong interest in pursuing a career in broadcasting or journalism.

Congratulations to our 2015 recipient Brian Brownfield, a junior at Menlo College.

Brian Brownfield and the A's broadcasters

Applications will be available in May 2016.

Green Stampede Homework Club

On select game dates elementary school students from across Oakland come the O.co Coliseum to receive help with their homework from tutors and aids. After the students have finished their homework they are able to sit in the stands and watch the game.

On the last meeting of the spring and fall sessions an A's player will visit and sign autographs for the students as a way to congratulate them for all of their hard work.

Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team
Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team

The Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team (BAASST) is a partnership established in 1996 by the Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Earthquakes and San Jose Sharks. This unique committee is the first of its kind in the realm of professional sports. Each team will honor these students during a special pre-game presentation at their individual venues.

$3,000 scholarships will be awarded to six successful students residing within the Bay Area's nine counties. All public high schools within the vicinity are provided detailed information about this scholarship opportunity.

All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • College-bound senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Display leadership qualities in the classroom and/or inspirational qualities on the athletic field.
  • Demonstrate the value of education, good work ethic and community outreach.

The 2016 scholarship recipients:

  • A's - Luis Mendoza Richmond High School, Richmond
  • Sharks - Amy Watt, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
  • Raiders - Michelle Larsen, Petaluma High School, Petaluma
  • Warriors - Mahala Herron-Rutland, Oakland High School, Oakland
  • 49ers - Marcos Arguello-Gonzalez, Watsonville High School, Watsonville
  • Giants - Serena Chen, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
  • Earthquakes - Chelsea Vuong, Armijo High School, Fairfield

Applications for high school seniors in Contra Costa County will be available in December 2016.

Fitness Sluggers
Fitness Sluggers

Program Information

Take the Fitness Sluggers pledge with the A's and Sutter Health! This is a four month long program designed to educate and encourage youth ages 5-14 to live healthy and active lifestyles through instructional activities based on four bases: sun safety, healthy eating habits, every day play and teamwork.

Use the downloadable poster set and complete each month's weekly fitness goals and track your progress - each monthly poster focuses on a different base and features corresponding health and wellness tips.

Additionally, the A's and Sutter Health will be issuing different health-related challenges in the months of June, July, and August. Participating groups and individuals will be eligible to receive A's game tickets!

DEADLINES:
  • June 30: Submit a healthy recipe and photos of preparation
  • July 31: Push-ups, sit-ups or jumping jacks challenge
  • August 31: Create a collaborative playground game

Please send all forms, questions or comments via email to fitness@athletics.com or mail to:
Fitness Sluggers - 7000 Coliseum Way - Oakland, CA 94621.

Fitness Sluggers Pledge
"I pledge to play outside while having fun,
remembering to protect myself from the sun.
I will eat healthy foods that power home runs;
I am part of a team and we are all number one!"

To receive a 2016 Fitness Sluggers workbook please click on the link below:

Get Workbooks