Education Day at MGM Park

Today’s game had students from 41 different schools take a break from hitting the books to watch the Shuckers hit the bases for Education Day.

There’s nothing like a good school field trip, especially when it’s a trip to the diamond as 2,100 students from the Gulf Coast attended Education Day, sliding in baseball and educational features for kids to enjoy. Shuckers Business Development Manager Chris Birch said, “It’s an opportunity for students and teachers to come out and catch a game during regular school hours.”

Ocean Springs Upper Elementary Sixth grader Presley Allen said, “I’m really enjoying it. It’s really fun and I like being with my friends.”

Ocean Springs Upper Elementary Sixth grader Savannah Sempier said, “It’s been a lot of fun especially with all my friends here.”

This was Ocean Springs sixth grader Emily Milburn’s first ever baseball game and the Shuckers have knocked her expectations out of the park. “I enjoy it a lot. I really love the competitiveness and just baseball games in general.”

Even though cheering on the Shuckers was a big part of the trip, education vendors were set up throughout the park with a variety of things students could participate in. “It provides us an opportunity to open up the ballpark to our community partners as well, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, NASA, and the Hattiesburg Zoo,” said Birch.

“We were planning on going after because we wanted to watch the baseball game, but I’m really excited to see the NASA booth.”

Ocean Springs Upper Elementary sixth grader Macy Gough said, “I like animals so I’ll go to the zoo.”

So when you add friends, education, and baseball all together, it equals a win for the Shuckers. Ocean Springs Upper Elementary sixth grader Madilyn Mack said, “It’s been a fun experience so far and I definitely want to come back next year.”

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