Schoolchildren Learn About Healthy Living As Newark Bears Open 2011 Season

NEWARK – On Thursday, May 26, the Newark Bears will present the first annual “Let’s Move! Newark Day” as part of Opening Day festivities at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The events are sponsored by the city of Newark, Prudential Company, Prudential Foundation, General Mills, Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Essex County College, Dr. Thomas Haveron and Healthfirst NJ.

Three thousand game day tickets have been awarded to Newark grade-school students to attend this unique event. Students will have access to an on-field obstacle course corresponding with the First Lady’s guidelines for active lifestyles. Free giveaways will also be distributed courtesy of General Mills.


A pregame ceremony will commence at 10:15 a.m. with speeches from Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., Newark Bears part-owner Dr. Douglas Spiel, former NFL running back Tiki Barber and representatives from Let’s Move!, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Newark Public Schools, Healthfirst NJ and General Mills.

Opening Day marks the debut of the Bears and Boulders within the Can-Am League, as well as the Boulders’ inaugural game as a franchise.

The game starts at 11 a.m. Attendants of Bears’ Opening Day will be treated to a national anthem performance by pop culture sensation Lori Michaels. The Bears’ first dance teams, the Honey Bears and Bearettes, will also perform during the game. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium box office or through the Bears’ website at

The Bears will play the 2011 season in the Can-Am professional baseball league, after spending 12 years in the Atlantic League. The Can-Am League, which also features neighboring rival the New Jersey Jackals, runs its season from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

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