Anger Management + Ice Bucket Challenge = HAPPY

MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 19, 2014  – The stars have aligned for another magical night at TicketReturn.Com Field as the Pelicans celebrate Minor League Baseball’s first Happy Day. In addition to celebrating all things “Happy,” just days after Pelicans Manager Joe Mikulik’s anger fueled ejection went viral, the Birds will continue their Play It Forward initiative as the entire team participates in the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit the ALS Association.

Joe Mikulik: If You’re Happy & You Know It

“The ubiquity of Pharrel’s hit song was the inspiration for Happy Day,” said General Manager Andy Milovich. “Holidays exist throughout the year for everything imaginable and we felt there should be a day to celebrate happiness.”

Happy Day is slated for this Thursday, August 21 at TicketReturn.Com Field and will include puppies, bubbles, balloons, fireworks, $1.00 beers, smiley face uniforms and more.

“Nothing makes me happier than a great promotion for a great cause,” said Milovich. “Getting our players and coaches involved adds to the excitement for our fans, but I’m most excited to have Mik joining me at the front gates to pass out complimentary High Fives to fans as they enter the gates.”

Mikulik is able to participate in Happy Day festivities such as the main gate high fives as he is currently in the midst of a three‐game suspension for his ejection in the Pelicans game with the Salem Red Sox on Sunday, August 17th. The suspension runs through Thursdayʹs game.

Ice Bucket Challenge: Milovich Calls Out Joe Mikulik & Entire Team

The Ice Bucket Challenge edition of Play It Forward is now in full swing as Milovich received his challenge from friend and colleague Erik Haag with Notre Dame Sports Properties. Milovich accepted and underwent the challenge during tonightʹs game at TicketReturn.Com Field. In return, he challenged Pelicans Manager Joe Mikulik and every member of the Pelicans team.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is currently sweeping the nation and social media to raise awareness and funds for the fight against ALS. Mikulik and his team will be taking the Ice Bucket Challenge this Thursday, August 21. Throughout the game, Pelicans fans will have the opportunity to bid on a player or coachesʹ ice water bucket. All buckets will be autographed by the individual player or coach. The fan with the highest bid will have the honor of dumping the bucket of ice water on their respective player/coach at the conclusion of the game and get to keep the bucket. All proceeds from the bucket auction will benefit the ALS Association.

In related news, the Pelicans and Mikulik are preparing to have a bit more fun with the recent ejection for a charitable partner with whom the team works closely throughout the year. On Monday, September 1 the Pelicans will hold a shoe and clothing drive for kids in honor of Mikulik leaving his shirt and shoes at home plate during Sundayʹs ʺdiscussionʺ with the home plate umpire. More details will follow, but donations of new and “gently used” clothing can be made at home plate at TicketReturn.com Field on Monday, September 1. Additionally, “Shoeless Joe” Mikulik has agreed to manage the game barefoot in an effort to raise awareness for the Help 4 Kids’ Backpack Buddies program that provides food, clothing and school supplies for over 3,000 needy children in Horry County.

“Joe has been a friend since his playing days with the Tucson Toros in 1993 and he manages with the same passion and energy that he played with,” said Milovich. The energy he brings to the ballpark is infectious, but it has been known to affect his relationships with an umpire or two. He’s a great sport and we’re ecstatic that he’s agreed to let us have some fun at his expense by tying him into Happy Day and our September 1st game to benefit the Backpack Buddies. Joe’s a great manager and an even better person. I’ll gladly pay his fine for helping the kids in Myrtle Beach.”

Additional Information on Play It Forward
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have partnered with Lake Elsinore Storm’s Dave Oster to create the Play It Forward initiative. The initiative involves Minor League Baseball teams and promotions that draw attention to charitable causes. A recent example is the Prostate Exam Challenge that was lead by Pelicans General Manager Andy Milovich. Milovich then ʺPlayed It Forwardʺ to Oster, Dave Echols of the Charleston RiverDogs and John Katz of the Savannah Sand Gnats.

For tickets to Pelicans home games please call (843) 918‐6000, visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, or visit the Pelicans box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Joe Mikulik: If Youʹre Happy & You Know It

For tickets to Pelicans home games please call (843) 918‐6000, visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, or visit the Pelicans box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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