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Community Activities

Science of Sports Programming

Children’s Discovery Museum
101 E Beaufort St, Normal
Admission to museum: $6 per person, ages 2-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us as we investigate the science principles that help make some of our favorite sports work using hands-on experiments to look at sports ranging from baseball to figure skating. Programs for ages 5-8 and 9-12 during March and April. For a list of programs check the website..

Children’s Discovery Museum Science Lab explores the history and science behind one of our favorite past times: Baseball!! During the month of April from 1 -2 p.m. every day the Science Lab will have hands-on activities related to baseball.

Illinois State Baseball “Pride and Passion Day”

Illinois State University Baseball
Duffy Bass Field

April 21
1:00 p.m. - Meet & Greet
2:00 p.m. - First Pitch

Illinois State Athletics, in conjunction with the Redbird Baseball team, is excited to be a part of the Pride and Passion exhibit at Illinois State University. Please join the Illinois State Baseball team as they recognize the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues during “Pride and Passion Day” at Duffy Bass Field. Come support your Redbirds by enjoying a Redbird Baseball game and learning about the African American Baseball Experience.

Members of the Negro Leagues will be in attendance at the "Meet & Greet,"* an hour before the game, to share the history of the League with fans, followed by Ernie L. Westfield throwing out the first pitch.

press coverage:
   "Negro League players show love for game at ISU" - Pantagraph (4/22/12)

Jackie Robinson Film

Bloomington Public Library
205 E Olive St, Bloomington
Community Room

April 15
2:00 p.m.

The Bloomington Public Library will host a feature film made in 1950 featuring Jackie Robinson starring as himself. The film is a biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. The film follows the beginning of his career in the negro leagues and then on to the major leagues. A discussion will follow the movie.

Normal CornBelters Professional Baseball Game & Education Day

Normal CornBelters
The Corn Crib
1000 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Tickets start at only $5.

May 10
10:00 a.m.

The Normal CornBelters professional baseball team is proud to partner with Illinois State and the other area partners to make this Pride and Passion exhibit a success. To close the season on the Pride and Passion exhibit, join the CornBelters as they begin their "All Star Summer of Fun." The CornBelters will host a few panels of the exhibit on May 10, 2012 at an exhibition game. All schools in the surrounding areas are invited to bring out groups to enjoy some baseball firsthand and learn some more about the African American Baseball Experience on Education Day!

Baseball Card Collecting

Normal Public Library
206 W College Ave, Normal
Community Room

April 14
10:00 a.m.

Lawrence Tucker will give an overview of how baseball card collecting began in the 1880s and its evolution from the “Tobacco Wars” to the present day. Bring your baseball cards to share and learn how to tell what type of condition your cards are in from mint to poor.

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources

Milner Library, Illinois State University

After touring the Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Exhibit, junior high and high school students will have an opportunity to analyze primary sources from the Library of Congress to gain a better understanding about the Negro Leagues. They will explore the struggles and successes baseball players faced during this turbulent time in baseball history.

* "Meet & Greet" event sponsored by the Multi-Ethnic Cultural and Co-Curricular Programming Advisory Committee (MECCPAC) - A Dean of Students Office Diversity Initiative.

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Milner Library
Campus Box 8900
201 North School St.
Normal, Il 61790-8900
Phone: 309.438.3451

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Last Updated: 8/16/12