Missing Midlands Children Found Thanks to MiLB and Fireflies Partnership with BairFind Foundation
BairFind Signs at Spirit Communications Park Aided Search for Children
By Kevin Fitzgerald | August 24, 2016 4:46 PM ET
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Fireflies, Minor League Baseball and the BairFind Foundation, an official Homegrown Charity Partner of MiLB, are proud to announce that two missing children have been found. Cheyanne Harden and Eunice McCall – two children who were featured on BairFind signs at Spirit Communications Park – have both been located and are safe.
“The work that the BairFind Foundation is doing is phenomenal,” said Fireflies Team President John Katz. “Across the South Atlantic League’s 14 teams, 20 missing children have been located safely during the 2016 season.”
The BairFind Foundation is a non-profit organization that has revolutionized the search for missing children in America by raising awareness in Minor League Baseball stadiums across the country. Since its inception in 2010, more than 1,000 children have been featured in the Concourse Sign Project, and this season alone, over 150 missing children featured on signs across Minor League Baseball have been safely located.
“The Concourse Sign Project works with professional sports teams to keep profiles of missing children in public view,” said Courtney Jantz, Assistant Director of Business Development for Minor League Baseball. “By placing profiles of missing children on sturdy 4′ x 4′ wooden A-frame signs on stadium concourses, fans frequently walk by the sign and see the pictures of missing children. This aids in the idea of, ‘more eyes looking means more children found and brought home.'”
For more information on The BairFind Foundation and the clubs who currently participate in the Concourse Sign Project, visit http://www.bairfind.org.
About the Columbia Fireflies
The Columbia Fireflies are the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. The Fireflies play games across the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, including against in-state rivals in Charleston and Greenville. The team partnered with the city of Columbia and Hughes Development to construct Spirit Communications Park, a multi-use outdoor sports and entertainment venue at the center of the BullStreet development. The Columbia Fireflies are owned by Hardball Capital, owners of the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League and the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. For more information, visit www.ColumbiaFireflies.com, or follow the Fireflies on Twitter (@ColaFireflies), Facebook (facebook.com/columbiafireflies) and all popular social media platforms.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.