Seattle Mariners celebrate African American Heritage Day on August 7
The Seattle Mariners are celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the Northwest community on Sunday, August 7 during a pregame ceremony before the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels (1:10pm start).
A special online-only ticket offer is available at Mariners.com/AfricanAmerican. Each ticket purchased through the offer comes with a special "42" cap, in tribute to Jackie Robinson, who became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues in the modern era when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947.
During a pregame ceremony, several "notable" African Americans will be honored. Honorees include:
- Ken Griffey Jr.: Seattle Mariners legend and National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductee.
- Fred Brown: Seattle SuperSonics legend who earned the nickname "Downtown" Freddie Brown in high school due to his accurate outside shooting. During a 13-year NBA career, all at the Sonics, Brown was a team leader in games played, points scored, field goals and free throws. Brown was named an NBA All-Star in 1976 and was captain of the Sonics 1978-79 NBA Championship team. Brown continues to live in Seattle and has had a successful career as a business executive and entrepreneur.
- Dr. Benjamin Danielson: Raised by a single mother, Benjamin Danielson overcame challenging circumstances to graduate from Harvard University and the University of Washington School of Medicine with a specialty in pediatrics. Since 1999, Dr. Danielson has served as medical director of the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle's Central Area where he has poured his passion into improving the health and circumstances of low-income children and families.
- Chase Henderson: Son of former Mariners outfielder and broadcaster Dave Henderson. As a baby in 1987, Chase was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurogenetic disorder that causes severe developmental delays. Dave Henderson was a devoted father and caregiver to Chase and strong supporter of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, which raises funds for research and therapies to treat the disorder.
- Jim Wigfall: Vice President Business Support for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Capital Corporation. Wigfall is a member of the leadership team that oversees the 8,000 person Shared Services Group, which provides Boeing's business units and corporate offices with more than 130 common internal services that support the company's round-the-clock operations in 114 cities and 26 countries. Wigfall joined Boeing in 1986 as a software programmer and worked his way up through the ranks. A U.S. Army veteran, Wigfall earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from The Citadel, and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. Wigfall is active in numerous community organizations including serving on the board of directors for Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, King County Library System, Evergreen State College and Special Olympics Washington.
Special Ticket Offer
Special group seating for the game is available at Mariners.com/AfricanAmerican. Tickets are $25 for View Level and $46 for Main Level seats, with $5 from each ticket sold benefitting the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, which hasinvested more than $6 million in research, fellowships and symposiums aimed at improving therapies and finding a cure for the disorder that occurs in 1 in every 15,000 births. Deadline to purchase tickets through this online only offer is 5:00 pm, Friday, August 5.