Paint the Ball Park Blue brings students together for spring baseball

Photos by Zach Redwood

Providing its students with fun, convenient, and family friendly activities is something that Tulsa Community College continues to do. Activities like Paint the Ball Park Blue, where TCC provides free tickets for students to attend a Tulsa Drillers baseball game, is a great opportunity to allow students to meet faculty, staff, and other students outside campus.

On April 30, the Tulsa Drillers were set to play the Arkansas Travelers on a rainy Sunday afternoon. For the TCC guests that had picked up their complimentary tickets from the Student Life offices, the Osage Pavilion was open and serving the ballpark classics for lunch.

Hot dogs and hamburgers were available along with potato salad and baked beans for sides. The park also provided slices of watermelon and ice cream sandwiches with kudos from the group, even if it was 53 degrees and windy outside.

Student Cody Lester and his son, Kyran were a couple of many who enjoyed complimentary food and beverages at the event.

“We have had people asking us to come down here for a while, but now that we are here, the park is pretty cool.”


Each TCC attendee was gifted a personal TCC cup from David Adams with unlimited refills of drinks for the entire day.

Student Chelsey McEntire and her boyfriend Reb Brock spoke on how cool it is that TCC does promotions like Paint the Ball Park Blue and its other promotion, Paint the Zoo Blue.

“Its really cool. We enjoy it,” Brock said. “We have gone to the zoo so far, the aquarium, and now [Paint the Ball Park Blue].”

Brock and McEntire are from Cleveland, Okla. and say that the free ticket promotion is what brought them to the ballpark that afternoon.

“We have had people asking us to come down here for a while, but now that we are here, the park is pretty cool.”

When asked if they would have come to the game without the free tickets, the two said, not a chance. This was the case for more than one family that came out to see the Drillers. Student Shannon Norris and her husband Justin came into downtown Tulsa from McAlester, Okla.

Metro Campus Student Life Director David Adams passed out personal TCC cups for attendees to use for refreshments.

“I think it’s great that they give out the tickets,” said Justin Norris. “We have the whole family here, and we drove up from McAlester. It has been a while since we have been to [a game].”

The Drillers ended up winning the contest 4 runs to 3 and improved its record to 10-12 on the season. Tulsa is currently sitting in third place in the Texas League North with a current record of 21-22.

Josh Sborz delivering a pitch during Tulsa’s 4-3 win on April 30, 2017.
Drillers third basemen Matt Beaty covers third base as an Arkansas Natural baserunner slides, hoping to avoid the tag.

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