Monday, August 22, 2011

Third Annual SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS Tour! - A way for you to give AND get, cool mom or dad (or Auntie/Uncle) points!


SUBWAY® restaurants, the world’s largest restaurant chain, today unveiled the third annual SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS Tour with its first exhibit at the 2011 SUBWAY® National Little League® Baseball Appreciation Game at La Cienega Park in Los Angeles.

Listed for charity SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS: Apolo Ohno Signed BaseballListed for charity

The SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS Tour includes more than 40 baseballs designed by young artists and signed by celebrities and athletes including: musician Katy Perry, actor Zac Efron, rock band Maroon 5, gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps, pro football’s Drew Brees, baseball star Ryan Howard, basketball Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams, celebrity chef, Robert Irvine and Jared Fogle (the “SUBWAY® guy”) among others. The Ball Pictured above was signed by Apolo Ohno! (Did you catch him when he was on Dancing with the Stars?).

While you are rarely going to find posts on Ascending Butterfly touting what dress, or accessory du jour is being sported by the it celeb of the moment, you will find them featured here when they are using their celebrity Klout to help someone in need! So thanks to Katy Perry, Zac Effron, Maroon 5, Michael Phelps, Drew Brees, Ryan Howard, Serena and Venus Williams, Robert Irvine, Jared Fogle, Apolo Ohno and others for taking time to do something so wonderful!

Listed for charity SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS: Selena Gomez Signed BaseballListed for charity

The tour will visit four U.S. cities concluding with a final stop at the Little League® Baseball World Series (LLBWS) from Aug. 19-28, where the baseballs will then be auctioned off to the general public with all proceeds benefitting the Little League® Baseball Urban Initiative program which helps fund start-ups, developments, equipment, clinics and field maintenance for inner-city youth leagues and teams.

“The SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS Tour and our national sponsorship of Little League® Baseball continue to provide an opportunity for SUBWAY® to support Little League® with a program that is unique and brings added awareness and exposure while giving back,” said Tony Pace SUBWAY® Franchisee Advertising Fund Chief Marketing Officer. “The level of creativity these young athletes and artists show in designing these baseballs is inspiring. We’re looking forward to kicking off the tour in Los Angeles and highlighting their talent across the country.”

“As the world’s leading youth sports organization for over 70 years, Little League® is focused on providing a community program that includes the opportunity to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through participation,” said Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League® Baseball and Softball. “SUBWAY® continues to reach out and embrace the focus of the Little League Urban Initiative and its benefits to Leagues. We’re looking forward to this summer-long event and its culmination in August at the Little League Baseball World Series”

Baseball legends and Famous Fans of SUBWAY® will participate in the tour’s various stops including Cy Young Award winner and ESPN baseball personality Orel Hershiser and former Los Angeles all-star outfielder Shawn Green, who will also serve as honorary coaches in the 2011 National Little League® Baseball Appreciation Game.

In addition to its introductory stop in Los Angeles and its final, 10-day stay in South Williamsport, Pa. at the Little League® Baseball World Series, the SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS Tour will also visit Phoenix during baseball’s All-Star festivities in July and New York in early August.

For more information on the tour, please visit and the Official SUBWAY® Facebook page. Online auctions for the celebrity-autographed baseballs are now open to the public and will run through the Little League® Baseball World Series, which concludes Aug. 28th.

SUBWAY® Restaurants have proudly sponsored Little League® Baseball and Softball since 2005 as a way to encourage Little Leaguers and their families to live active lifestyles and eat healthy.

About Subway

For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit www.SUBWAY®.com. Find us on Facebook:®. Follow us on Twitter:®freshbuzz. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor's Associates Inc.

About Little League Baseball and Softball

Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest and most respected youth sports organization. With players in every U.S. state and more than 70 other countries, the program is led by more than 1 million adult volunteers. It serves children ages 5 through 18, including physically and mentally disabled children (Challenger Division) and children in urban areas (Little League Urban Initiative). Little League Baseball, an international, educational, nonprofit organization is designed to install leadership qualities in boys and girls, ages 5-18. Under the direction of principled adult volunteers, the program utilizes the games of baseball and softball as vehicles to teach children the fundamental skills of the games, and the values of teamwork, fair play, respect for authority and the desire to excel.

As far as I'm concerned, there is no better way to wield your spending power than by shopping with a company that gives back, especially a company that is giving back to children in such a meaningful and impactful way. Let's keep sports (and art!) available to our young people. Sports teaches discipline and art expands young minds. Both are equally important to their development! So be sure to visit the Auction and pick up a signed ball! It would make an awesome present for that young person in your life, and it will be a gift that also keeps on giving to such an important organization such as Little League® Baseball and Softball

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FTC Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post in conjunction with Subway and Mom Bloggers Club to help spread the word about an annual fundraising charitable iniative sponsored by Subway that benefits Little League. While a small incentive is being issued for my participation, I do feel It is important to support organizations that give back, especially to children and young people!

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