The Daytona Tortugas pride themselves on building robust partnerships with local schools and have established a formal partnership with Volusia County Schools.
The Tortugas host a fun-filled, educational field trip for elementary and middle school students -- each year at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The Tortugas compile educational lessons about topics including the history and significance of Jackie Robinson in Daytona Beach as well as reading, writing and math skills. Local educational organizations such as the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Marine Science Center and Central Florida Zoo are invited to provide interactive displays for the students to add to the experience.
The Tortugas provide all Volusia County elementary school Extended Day Enrichment Programs with the opportunity to combine a baseball game with summer camp activities.
The Tortugas celebrate and honor local teachers at a game each year. The Tortugas provide two free tickets and on-field recognition for Volusia County Schools Teachers of the Year, discounted tickets for all other teachers and postgame fireworks.
The Summer Home Run Reading Challenge presented by Shelldon and the Superintendent: This voluntary program encourages elementary and middle school students across the district to read throughout the summer. The program’s goal is to help local students read 1 million minutes. Incentives for students include a ticket to a Tortugas game as well as prizes from local businesses.
High school students from across Volusia County apply each year to be selected for this prestigious program, which offers participants the opportunity to explore careers in the sports and entertainment business. Ambassadors meet regularly with Tortugas staff and also gain professional experience by creating and executing real-world projects with the Tortugas organization. Applications for 2022 are available now!
Are you a parent looking for educational activities to do with your children? Or a teacher looking for online resources to share with your students? Shelldon and the Daytona Tortugas have you covered!
Jackie Robinson Foundation - Jackie Robinson: A Resource for Families & School Groups
Jackie Robinson Foundation - Jackie Robinson Day Virtual Learning Hub
Library of Congress - Jackie Robinson resources
Major League Baseball - Jackie Robinson Day
National Baseball Hall of Fame - Education Curriculum
National Park Service - Teaching with Historic Places, A Field of Dreams: The Jackie Robinson Ballpark
PBS Learning Media - Video clips, lesson plans and more about Jackie Robinson
Scholastic - Breaking Barriers Classroom Resources: Language Arts, Character Education and Social Studies
Boys & Girls Clubs of America - MyFuture online learning platform
Epic! (digital library) - Teachers can register for free and search for the collection “Daytona Tortugas - Shelldon's Shell-ebration of Reading”
Major League Baseball - Discovery Education interactive STEM, sustainability, and career resources
Major League Baseball - Play Ball at Home
Major League Baseball - Summer Slugger interactive, online math and literacy course
Rachel Morton, Community Relations & Outside Events Manager
Direct Line : (386) 271-8745
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