Pelicans honored for educational commitments

From the Myrtle Beach Pelicans:

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Minor League Baseball is, at its core, about education. Each team has 25 players that learn and grow, trying to improve themselves in order to advance their careers and make it to the Major Leagues. For the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, that education theme includes not just the players, but moves off the field and into classrooms across the Grand Strand. As a result of those efforts, the Pelicans and General Manager Scott Brown have been honored by the State of South Carolina with the 2012 South Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education (SCACTE) "Image Award."

The Image Award is given yearly by the SCACTE Board of Directors to recognize individuals, organizations, companies or other entities that have brought positive attention to the career and technical education field. Organizations must be nominated for the honor, which will be handed out June 27th at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC.

The Pelicans were nominated for the award by Eileen Fleming-Patonay of Forestbrook Middle School and the President of the South Carolina Career Guidance Placement Association.

"Our partnership with Forestbrook Middle and other area schools has served as an inspiration both for the staff of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and students alike," Brown said. "We've found that middle school is the genesis for career consideration of our students. Many of the kids initially do not realize the variety of opportunities in our industry and that they can combine their love of sports with a career. It's a privilege to display the passion we have for our work to the future leaders of our community."

"Under the direction of Scott Brown, Horry County students learn about careers in agriculture and turf management, technology, audio/visual, marketing, public relations, tourism and culinary arts," said Fleming-Patonay. "Myrtle Beach Pelicans staff members are frequent career speakers in our schools and  they welcome students in all 16 South Carolina Career Clusters to job shadow, tour and experience paid internships."

The Image Award will be presented on the final day of the South Carolina Education and Business Summit in Greenville. The conference is one dedicated to professional development, training and information about all aspects of career and technology education, including over 170 informational sessions.

The Pelicans return home from a seven game roadtrip Monday, June 4th, at 7:05pm against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Great seats are still available by calling 843-918-6000 or visiting online at, powered by TicketReturn.