New Britain Rock Cats Present the Strike Out Smoking Art Contest

Contest is a partnership with the American Lung Association of the Northeast

(April 15, 2014)

The New Britain Rock Cats have announced a brand new art contest, Strike Out Smoking, a partnership with the American Lung Association of the Northeast. Entries must be received no later than May 15. All children between the ages of 3 and 16 are eligible to participate in the Strike Out Smoking art contest


“The American Lung Association is one of the leading organizations working to reduce the burden of tobacco use, especially on children,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “We are grateful to the New Britain Rock Cats, our partners in this fight, for hosting this contest so that Connecticut children may get involved in our fight as well. We are excited to see all of the artwork and what the children come up with.”


Artwork must convey the theme of no smoking and can incorporate baseball as well; entries must be original in concept, design, and execution. All mediums are acceptable (pastels, watercolor, oil, charcoal, etc.).


"Helping to involve children in an initiative as important as striking out smoking is a top priority for the Rock Cats,” said Tim Restall, General Manager of the New Britain Rock Cats. “We are thrilled to work closely with the American Lung Association of the Northeast on this creative campaign that is sure to engage young fans from all over the Greater Hartford community."


Nearly 90% of adult smokers began smoking at or before the age of 18 and if someone has not started smoking by the age of 21, it is likely they never will.  Each day in the U.S. 3,500 youth under the age of 18 try their first cigarette and one-third of today’s youth will eventually die prematurely from smoking–caused diseases.


All artwork submitted for Strike Out Smoking becomes the property of the American Lung Association and the New Britain Rock Cats.  By submitting your entry you agree to grant permission to the American Lung Association and the New Britain Rock Cats to take and use your submission in news releases, media broadcasting, research and/or educational materials. These materials might include printed or electronic publications, websites or other electronic communications. You further agree that your name and identity may be revealed in descriptive text or commentary in connection with the image(s). Finally you authorize the use of your submission without compensation.


The winning entry will be printed and distributed to the first 1,500 children at the 10:35 a.m. game on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  The winner and their entry will be announced on the video board during the game.  The winner will be eligible to throw out the first pitch in that game if they so choose and will also receive 4 complimentary tickets to any future home game of their choice.


Completed artwork can be submitted to Lisa Wrubleski at the American Lung Association of the Northeast, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, 06108 or to Rock Cats Stadium, PO Box 1718, New Britain, 06050. Entries may be scanned and sent electronically to Lisa at as well. All artwork must be received by close of business on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  The winner will be chosen and notified by Tuesday, May 20, 2014.