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Dugout Club Donates Tickets for Braggin' Rights at Busch

 
The Fighting Illini Dugout Club will donate tickets to the Illinois-Missouri baseball game at Busch Stadium to a pair of organizations in the St. Louis area.
The Fighting Illini Dugout Club will donate tickets to the Illinois-Missouri baseball game at Busch Stadium to a pair of organizations in the St. Louis area.
 

March 24, 2014

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini Dugout Club will donate tickets to the Illinois-Missouri baseball game at Busch Stadium to a pair of organizations in the St. Louis area. The tickets will benefit youth from the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center and the Barnes St. Louis Children's hospital.

"Our baseball program appreciates the Fighting Illini Dugout Club's assistance in making the Busch Stadium game possible," head coach Dan Hartleb said. "Their sponsorship will provide a great experience for St. Louis area youth and help us meet our ticket requirement in order to host this game. We are continuing to find ways to make this an annual event as a destination for a midweek, high-powered college baseball game."

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center is a safe haven for the community of East St. Louis. The center provides opportunities for children from the ages of 6-18 years old, senior citizens, and families with a variety of programs. The tickets will be used for their kids and coaches that are currently enrolled or are in enrolling in the upcoming 2014 JJK Khoury League baseball/softball league along with the Redbird Rookie program in cooperation with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Each program is unique and offers distinct opportunities for the youth. The JJK Khoury League program is a fee based program that provides youth an opportunity to play baseball/softball competitively in the metro-east area. The Redbird Rookie program is a free program provided by the Cardinals Care program where the youth learn baseball/softball along with other educational aspects such as a reading, music/art, and nutritional programs. These programs are all done under the supervision of volunteers from the community of East St. Louis and surrounding communities.

Tickets to the annual game, which pits Illinois vs. Mizzou, are just $15 and include $5 in Cards Cash. The game is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start on April 2 at Busch Stadium. Tickets are currently on sale online at cardinals.com/illini, via phone by calling 314-345-9000 and at the Busch Stadium Box Office.

The Illini and Tigers will battle for Braggin' Rights at Busch for the fourth time in the past five years. Last season, Illinois topped Mizzou for the first time in the series at Busch Stadium, capitalizing on five errors on its way to a 6-2 victory. In 2012, the Illini scored three runs in the first inning but Missouri scored in each of the first four innings and held on for a 5-4 win. The 2011 contest was rained out, and Mizzou won the inaugural Battle at Busch in 2010, 7-4.

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