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 closed. For any program inquiries, please contact HomeRunReaders@athletics.com.
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 NBC Sports 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.
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 here) created the curriculum for the 1st-8th grade workbooks for 2016.
The A's would like to welcome the 2017 Mathletics Board:
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.
Bill King Scholarship
The Oakland Athletics Community Fund awards one scholarship each season to an undergraduate student that is majoring in journalism or broadcasting. This $5,000 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.
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.
Applications for the 2018 season will be available soon. Please check back for updates.
Green Stampede Homework Club
On select game dates elementary school students from across Oakland come to the Oakland 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
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.
$5,000 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
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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!"
Fitness Sluggers workbooks are no longer available for the 2017 season, please check back soon for details about the 2018 season.