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MILWAUKEE BREWERS FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN, GREEN BAY PACKERS, MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS & BUCKS ANNOUNCE HOME TEAM SCHOLARSHIP
This is the first time Wisconsin’s professional sports community has come together to award a scholarship to local youth.
Developed to positively affect the lives of Wisconsin’s youth through financial support, the $25,000 Home Team Scholarship is distributed based on financial aid need and is designed to provide Wisconsin’s Youth of the Year finalists with funding to further supplement other scholarships and grants. Each of the Youth of the Year finalists will receive a portion of the scholarship funds.
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
The Home Team Scholarship was formally announced at the Milwaukee Bucks game on February 29, with representatives from all sports teams in attendance:
The word on the street is that today is National Bobblehead Day!
With countless Brewers bobbleheads given away to fans at games over the years and 10 more All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaway dates scheduled for 2015, it only seemed natural that we celebrate by posting a few photos/videos on our social media platforms.
MLB and other teams across the league took the opportunity to do the same:
(To see more photos, just search #NationalBobbleheadDay on Twitter and/or Instagram.)
It also is fitting that we have a vintage bobblehead collector in residence, Brewers Vice President-Controller Joe Zidanic.
Walking through the Brewers offices, you won’t find a single cubicle or office void of a bobblehead and many staffers, especially if they have been here many years, have quite the collections.
Joe’s, however, is unique.
He began collecting these bobbleheads in the 1970s and 80s. A couple of them even date back to before he was born, when his dad started the collection.
As a boy, he remembers going to Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (where he grew up) and purchasing the bobbleheads there with his dad. They weren’t giveaways to fans back then, but they had an area where people could purchase bobbleheads of various teams.
Joe’s collection includes all NFL Teams and all MLB Teams, although of course there are a few exceptions. For example, he has a Montreal Expos bobblehead in place of a Washington Nationals one. Similarly, the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays bobbles are now outdated.
As far as football goes, for newer teams like the Seahawks, he has a plastic version of the Kewpie-esque faced dolls, because they simply don’t make ’em like they used to.
He’s only got doubles of one team. Ironically, he notes, that’s the Twins:
Here’s a closeup of the NL Central bobbles:
You may recognize the Brewers bobble in the center. We’ve used him (along with opponent bobbles) in social posts promoting upcoming match-ups in the past:
He was also the inspiration for last year’s popular Vintage Brewers Bobblehead Giveaway:
In 2015, we’ll be giving out another Vintage Brewers Bobble, but this one will be a retro version:
I think Joe’s bobbleheads are very cool and unique. Yes, it’s awesome to get one representing a mascot or player (my favorite so far has been the Carlos Gomez Gold Glove bobblehead, where he is leaping over the wall), but there is just something special about these throwback ones, too.
I’m grateful to Joe for sharing his collection with me; it is obvious that he enjoys collecting them and takes great pride in showing them off. He also wanted me to be sure to share a photo of his latest acquisition–a new Packers one:
Do you have a great bobblehead collection? What is your favorite bobble? Tweet them at @Brewers using #NationalBobbleheadDay and I’ll compile a gallery of the best submissions.
Happy National Bobblehead Day!
Happy Super Bowl Sunday, Wisconsin sports fans!