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Education: Learning Through Baseball

Learning Through Baseball: On the Road Program

The Minnesota Twins have created an education enrichment program for schools called "Learning Through Baseball: On the Road" to bring baseball and learning together in classrooms throughout Twins Territory. This program was created to enhance your curriculum by Minnesota educators. It fulfills state standards for grades 2-6.

Learning Through Baseball: Educational Tours

The Minnesota Twins "Learning through Baseball" Program, presented by Target, is an educational experience that incorporates the beauty of Target Field with well organized tours, a knowledgeable staff, and an exceptional curriculum. The structure of the experience can be adjusted according to the levels and needs of the participating students and their teachers, and is designed with the Minnesota State Standards in mind. Our goal is to translate our love of baseball into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the education underlying the sport. Since the creation of the "Learning through Baseball" program in 2012, more than 15,000 students each year from more than 150 schools have participated in the program.

Reading is Powerful

Every spring Twins front office staff visit almost two dozen elementary schools in Twins Territory for the Reading is Powerful program. During these school visits, Twins staff teach about former Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente through reading. Each visit consists of: a reading of a book, a short documentary and a discussion with trivia questions and prizes. The books for the 2017 year were: Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson and Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter.

Educational Outreach

Perfect Attendance-Perfect Game rewards middle school student who achieve perfect attendance during the school year. Students receive a certificate and the opportunity to attend a Twins game, with a representative from each participating school recognized on field during the pregame ceremony.

Father of the Year Essay Contest recognizes outstanding essays written by students in partnership with the National Center for Fathering.

Partnerships with the Kids in Need Foundation and Adopt-a-Classroom work to ensure that every child has the school supplies they need to succeed.

Healthy, Safe Kids

The Hennepin County Step-to-It Challenge encourages residents and students to increase their physical activity. Hennepin County communities use Twins merchandise as an incentive to encourage participation, and schools vie for the opportunity to have an exercise session led by Twins trainers and players.

In 2017, the MN Twins visited three schools in Twins Territory: Basswood Elementary (Maple Grove, MN), Rice Lake Elementary (Maple Grove, MN) and the School of Engineering and Arts (Golden Valley, MN).

On the visit to the School of Engineering and Arts, Pitcher Justin Haley joined Perry Castellano, head Strength and Conditioning Coach, and TC Bear. After demonstrating his daily warm-up exercises, Haley spoke about the importance of education, as well as healthy eating and living.

Stop Bullying

The Minnesota Twins take bullying seriously. The Twins believe there is no place for bullying in our schools, or in society as a whole. If you are being bullied, there is help available and you should not feel alone.

The Minnesota Twins and catcher Joe Mauer produced a video to discourage bullying and encourage those being bullied to seek help. The message of the video was developed with the help of local organizations.

Stop Bullying Video Partners:
SAVE
Peace Maker Minnesota
Jefferson Awards
OutFront Minnesota
Periscope
Fox Sports North