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Mariners Host African American Heritage Day at Safeco Field

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Seattleite, if you're an avid baseball fan and searching for a way to give back, you don't want to miss this event. On July 27, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the Mariners host African American Heritage Day at Safeco Field through a benefit game. Attendees honor African American culture, watch a playful game of baseball and support local non-profit groups with a portion of their ticket purchase.

Festivities kick off with a ceremonial first pitch from none other than the legendary Bill Russell. He is a retired basketball player who holds the record for most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league as well as a prolific motivator and speaker. Afterward, the Mariners play the Orioles. Yes! Then, at the end, a few lucky people win a giveaway. For more information on the merchandise, click here.

This Sunday activity is great for the entire family. You get a break from your usual routine; the kids have exciting news to share with friends once school starts in September; and, everyone has a ball. It's a win-win. Also, parents, you get an opportunity to discuss with your offspring a segment of history foreign to them - a period in which a color line was enforced in the major leagues. By telling them the story of Jackie Robinson, you can simultaneously raise their level of cultural awareness and gratitude.

So, don't miss out. Tickets are available now for $18 (view level) and $32 (main level). Sales end at noon, Friday, July 25. Buy tickets through Ticketmaster or online at