MARION — The Southern Illinois Miners on Thursday will host a special "Stand Up For Blue" Night sponsored to honor and recognize the contributions made to the region by law enforcement officers.
The Miners take on the Normal Cornbelters at 7:05 p.m. in Rent One Park in Marion, and as part of the promotion, co-sponsored by WSIL Channel 3, all law enforcement officers attending the game will receive free admission for themselves and a guest.
All fans are also encouraged to wear blue that night to show support.
The first 750 fans will receive a "Stand Up For Blue" T-shirt compliments of Midwest Office and First Southern Bank at the front gate, and 500 "Support the Police" bracelets, compliments of Fowler Heating & Air, will be distributed.
Tickets for the evening will be $5. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Carbondale Police Department Injured Officers Fund.
Before the game, there will be a special demonstration by an area K-9 police dog, and uniformed officers will throw out the first pitch as well as sing the national anthem.
During the game, the Miners will highlight video footage of former players who now work in law enforcement, and the current Miners team will wear blue wristbands and caps from local police departments.
All fans in attendance will also be given a blank "Stand Up For Blue" placard to write the name of a friend or family member who works in law enforcement, which will then be incorporated into an on-field recognition in the fifth inning.
Miners manager and COO Mike Pinto said this event is something the whole franchise felt strongly about, as a current member of the coaching staff is in law enforcement, and several players are looking into law enforcement as a career path.
“It was time to step up and support the people that keep us safe and protected. I hope the people in our region will help us make 'Stand Up for Blue' Night one that our law enforcement community will hold in their hearts knowing we appreciate all that they do for us," Pinto said.
For more information, contact the Miners' box office at 618-998-8499, or visit their website www.southernillinoisminers.com.