The Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce is looking to kick off the 2005-06 school year in a big way.
Officials hope a large number of the county's residents head out to the ballgame on Saturday, Aug. 6, as they have bought all the general admission tickets at Lake Olmstead Stadium for the Augusta Greenjackets game that evening.
"We wanted to try to have a celebration for back-to-school, do it at a fun place, and get the whole family involved," Forward McDuffie Executive Director Don Powers said.
The game is being used as a back-to-school celebration because the students in the McDuffie County School System start classes for the 2005-06 year on Aug. 5. Mr. Powers also said that people from the community, most likely involved with the school system, will sing the national anthem and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
That night, the Greenjackets will be hosting the Rome Braves, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
Everyone is urged to attend the game, whether they have a child in school or not. Tickets - which are $4 each - can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber hopes to have school buses running out to the stadium to provide transportation for those who cannot transport themselves.
The Greenjackets are a Class A farm team for the San Francisco Giants. The team was originally called the Augusta Pirates when the team was established as a Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The name was eventually changed to the Greenjackets as a reference to the jacket awarded to the winner of the Masters golf tournament each year, and the team later became a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. This is the team's first year under the San Francisco Giants.
Those interested in further information regarding the Augusta Greenjackets can visit the team's website, which is located at www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.