Dedication ceremonies set for Sanders Stadium prior to Bearkats’ Little League Day

(SID) – The Bud and Joan Haney Diamond Room dedication will take place Friday and the formal naming ceremony for Don Sanders Stadium is scheduled Saturday to highlight events at this weekend’s Southland Conference baseball series as Sam Houston State plays host to conference leader Texas-San Antonio.

Joseph L. “Bud” Haney, the only athlete in Sam Houston sports history to earn All-America honors four consecutive years, will throw out the first pitch at Friday’s 6:30 p.m. game at Sanders Stadium.

Don Sanders, the Houston entrepreneur and philanthropist who has donated $1 million to establish an endowment fund to enhance the baseball program at Sam Houston State, will throw out the first pitch Saturday at 2 p.m.

Special dedication ceremonies will precede both contests.

The Haneys are being honored Friday for their donation of $150,000 to the baseball program. The Bud and Joan Haney Diamond Room is a multi-purpose meeting area in the baseball/softball facility.

Haney, class of 1963, earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. He earned NAIA All-America honors in 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963 while playing at Sam Houston State and in his senior year, the Bearkats won the NAIA World Series national championship.

The founder, president and Chief Financial Officer of Profiles International, a Waco-based occupational assessment company, which now contributes upwards of $15 to $20 million to the local economy, Haney is also the co-author of “40 Strategies for Winning in Business.”

Formal dedication ceremonies for Don Sanders Stadium will take place Saturday.

Sanders is founder and chairman of the investment firm Sanders Morris Harris. He is a former owner of the Houston Sports Association and the Houston Astros Baseball Club and currently, along with Nolan Ryan, is co-owner of Ryan-Sanders Baseball. Ryan-Sanders Baseball owns the Astros’ Class AAA Round Rock Express and Class AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

Friday night is also the only 25 cent hot dog night at Sanders Stadium this year. In addition, the first 100 fans through the gate will receive a coupon redeemable for a free small drink and SHSU Student Activities will be offering free ice cream for all fans (while supplies last).

Sunday, Sam Houston State baseball will host Little League Day at Don Sanders Stadium.

All kids in uniform will receive free admission to the game and will be able to participate in a post game clinic with the team on the field.

The weekend series is an important one could affect the 2007 Southland Conference baseball title race.

Texas-San Antonio comes into the series in a three-way tie for leadership in the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State stands third in the West Division standings and will be battling to earn one of the top six spots in the final regular season standings. That finish would bring the Bearkats their first Southland Conference post-season playoff trip since 2000.

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