Fans attending Friday’s (May 26) opening-round games at the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Baseball Championship will be treated to a complementary water bottle.
The first 250 fans to enter Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Friday will receive the 24-ounce water bottle emblazoned with the NCAA Division III and Special Olympics logos. The clear, squeezable water bottle will provide a reusable memento of the championship experience in Appleton.
Donations to the Special Olympics will be accepted throughout the day. Students from Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will be collecting donations, and a check in the amount of the collected proceeds will be presented to the Special Olympics during a ceremony at Fox Cities Stadium on Tuesday, May 30. Last year’s championship donations totaled over $1,000.
A new giveaway item will be featured during each of the first five days of the championship. Fans on Saturday (May 27) will receive a Rawlings NCAA Baseball Championship logo keychain. The giveaways also include sunglasses and a luggage tag courtesy of Appleton International Airport on Sunday (May 28), a mini American flag courtesy of Paul and Dawn Roth on Monday (May 29), and a black mini-bat with the NCAA Baseball Championship logo on Tuesday (May 30).
The finals are being held in Appleton for the 18th consecutive year. Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau are hosting the event.
Other major local sponsors are the Bergstrom Corporation, J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc., Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, The Post-Crescent, and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
The finals of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship is comprised of two four-team, double-elimination pools. Pool winners then square off in a best-of-three series for the national championship. The tournament features at least 15 games played over five or six days. Four games will be played on May 26-28, one or two games on May 29-30 and one potential championship game, if necessary, at 11 a.m. on May 31. Game times start at 10 a.m. each of the first three days and noon on May 30.
In the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship, Trinity University (Texas) won its first title in school history with a 10-7 victory over Keystone College (Pa.) in the final.
Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium serves as the venue of this championship. The facility is the home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Game tickets can be purchased by calling the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers ticket office at (920) 733-4152.
For more information on the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship, visit www.ncaa.com.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Joe Vanden Acker, Lawrence University Director of Athletic Media Relations, at (920) 832-6878; Kennan Timm, UW-Oshkosh Sports Information Director, at (920) 424-0365; or Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing for the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, at (920) 734-3358.