"Go to Bat" for the American Lung Association this Summer

(July 11, 2011)

No longer do you need to be taken out to the ball game, because baseball is going online. Major League Baseball (MLB) and State Farm have created the “Go to Bat” program, which allows fans to “swing for the fences” in support of their favorite charities. One lucky “Go to Bat” player will even win a trip to the World Series!

The American Lung Association is participating in the 2011 campaign that kicks off today. Our supporters can visit www.statefarm.com/gotobat, select the American Lung Association and play the State Farm Go to Bat game to increase the batting average and score points for the Lung Association. Players can log on and play up to three times a day to better the Lung Association’s chance for a winning batting average.

The “Go to Bat” program runs for 10 weeks, ending on September 26. The charity with the best batting average at the end of each week will be awarded an $18,000 donation from State Farm. At the end of the 10 week program, the charity with the highest cumulative score will receive a $25,000 donation from State Farm. Additionally one random player from each winning team will have a chance to win a trip for two to games 3 and 4 of the 2011 MLB World Series.

To get more people involved, be sure to post the Go to Bat website link on your Facebook page.

About State Farm
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About Major League Baseball Properties
The Major League Baseball Clubs formed Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) in 1966 as the Club’s agent for marketing and trademark licensing and protection. Major League Baseball Properties is responsible for managing consumer licensing activities, developing national advertising campaigns, cultivating sponsorship opportunities with major consumer brands and corporations, growing the game and the business of baseball outside the United States and creating national marketing programs in conjunction with Clubs, broadcast rights holders and national sponsors. MLBP also operates a full-service video and audio production unit (Major League Baseball Productions), a publishing division and stock photo licensing agency, and manages logistics for the All-Star Game and World Series as well as all other special events. For more information on Major League Baseball, log on to www.MLB.com.