Student wins Shorebirds Competition!
Carley Topper wins Delmarva Shorebirds "Hit the Books" Contest
Posted on 02/03/2017
We are so proud of Carley and her winning design.
Check out the article from the Shorebirds site below!

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, along with Dr. James M. Crouse at The Brace Place, presenting sponsor of the Hit the Books program, honored Carley Topper of Selbyville Middle School for winning the 2017 Hit the Books Bookmark Design Contest.

Her winning design was featured on bookmarks that were distributed to over 50,000 students at 100 area schools that participate in the Hit the Books program.

Hit the Books encourages elementary and middle school students on the Delmarva Peninsula to read outside of their regular classroom assignments. Students that complete their reading goals receive two free ticket vouchers to a Shorebirds home game during the 2017 season.

Topper's winning design features a Shorebirds player at bat while an opposing player pitches the ball. In the outfield, Sherman joins a great crowd for the game. It also shows the Dr. James M. Crouse at The Brace Place logo in the background. For her efforts, she was rewarded with a surprise visit at school from Sherman and representatives from the Delmarva Shorebirds and The Brace Place on Tuesday, January 17. She will also get the opportunity to throw out a first pitch before her school's Hit the Books date at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium this spring.

"Her design was absolutely fantastic. Carley showed just how much fun baseball is, all in one picture," Kathy Damato, Shorebirds Community Relations Manager, said. "We look forward to rewarding all the kids who go through with the program with a great time at a Shorebirds game this spring."

The initiative, which is one of the biggest and longest-running reading programs in the region, officially kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and will run through Feb. 24.

"Reading books is a great pastime of mine and it is extremely important for young people to recognize the importance of reading," Dr. James M. Crouse said. "Our partnership with the Shorebirds Hit the Books program is a perfect fit for us at The Brace Place."

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