LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria And Cincinnati Reds: 2020 Strikeouts For Slices To Benefit Reds Community Fund
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LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria And Cincinnati Reds: 2020 Strikeouts For Slices To Benefit Reds Community Fund

Delayed Season Start and an Empty Ballpark Create New Community Support Partnership to Benefit Underserved Kids

July 23, 2020 // Franchising.com // CINCINNATI, OHIO - With the much-anticipated start of Major League Baseball® on Thursday, July 23 and the Cincinnati Reds home opener against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, July 24, LaRosa’s Family Pizzerias is changing its long-running fan favorite “Strikeouts for Slices” program for the 2020 season. Since there won’t be fans at Great American Ball Park, LaRosa’s will support The Cincinnati Reds Community Fund by contributing $ 1,000 to the Fund every time Reds pitchers strike-out 11 or more batters in each of the 60 games (home and away) that the Reds play this season.

Each season since 2012, LaRosa’s has rewarded every fan in attendance for home games with a free small pizza whenever Reds pitchers struck-out 11 or more opposing batters – totaling nearly $5 million of dollars-worth of pizza since the program began.

“Baseball is such a big part of Cincinnati and we wanted to continue our tradition of giving – so instead of free pizza, we are focusing on making kids happy in local baseball and softball”, said Mike LaRosa, CEO of LaRosa’s, Inc. The Reds Community Fund was established in 2001 and is dedicated to improving the lives of youth by leveraging the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball. As the official non-profit of the Reds, the Community Fund creates programming that connects underserved children with baseball and softball while operating fundraising programs that connect baseball with the community.

About LaRosa’s

LaRosa’s was founded in 1954 on Cincinnati’s West Side by Buddy LaRosa. It is now a $167 million restaurant company with 65 pizzerias serving neighborhoods in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

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