Reading rewards
Read your way to the ballpark

The rules of the Read Your Way to the Ballpark game are simple. Get your game card at your library in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco or Pinellas counties. Choose your favorite books from your local library or select your favorite section of the Tampa Bay Times to read over the summer. As you read, track your hours by rounding the bases and collect Rays rewards along the way.

When you read enough hours to get on first base, ask your parent or guardian to initial your card, then bring it to your local library. The librarian will initial your card and give you a reading reward. Round the bases by reading a total of 24 hours this summer and receive a ticket to a Rays game!

Read around the bases 24 hours total!

Read 3 hours to get from Home Plate to First Base
Reward: Reading with the Rays poster featuring Evan Longoria

Read 5 more hours to get from First to Second Base
Reward: Reading with the Rays jelly bracelet

Read 7 more hours to get from Second to Third Base
Reward: Evan Longoria arm sleeve

Read 9 more hours to get from Third Base to Home Plate
Reward: Reading with the Rays certificate authorized by Evan Longoria and voucher redeemable for one complimentary ticket to a 2013 Rays regular season home game (select dates and restrictions apply

In order to receive your one (1) free Rays upper deck ticket, bring your completed game card to the Tropicana Field box Office. In order to receive the desired game and seat location, it is best to redeem this card prior to day of game.

Mail to: Tropicana Field, Attn: Reading with the Rays
One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Mail orders received within seven days of respective game of choice will be left at Will Call, Gate 4.

*Up to two (2) additional upper deck tickets may be purchased with $2 off each with this card when redeeming for free ticket. All seat locations and games offered are based upon availability. Tickets are subject to day of game fee, applicable within 5 hours of first pitch. This offer is not subject to ticket upgrade.

You can see the Rays at one of the following games:

Tuesday, 7/30 vs. Arizona
Sunday, 8/4 vs. San Francisco
Friday, 8/16 vs. Toronto
Tuesday, 9/17 vs. Texas
Friday, 9/20 vs. Baltimore
Sunday, 9/22 vs. Baltimore
Monday, 9/23 vs. Baltimore

Preventing the summer slide

Keeping your mind strong and healthy is important, especially over the summer months. The best way to exercise your brain is by reading. As you can read on the pages of the Reading with the Rays Newspaper in Education publication, Tampa Bay Rays baseball players know the importance of staying healthy and strong and keeping their minds active.

The choices are endless

Click on the links below to view suggested reading lists for students in grades three through five and beyond. Between the covers of these books are action, adventure, comedy and new worlds for you to explore and learn about. You can find these adventures and more on the shelves of your local library.

  • Click here to download a copy of the RWTR Summer Reading Suggestions: Grades 3-5
  • Click here to download a copy of the Just Read, Florida Reading List
  • Click here to download a copy of the Reading Suggestions - Young Adult Fiction

You can choose to read these books or any books that interest you. You also can read the Tampa Bay Times. Within the pages of the Tampa Bay Times, in print or online, you will find news, sports, adventure, comics, classifieds and a lot of fun things to do and read about. You can follow articles about the Rays by Marc Topkin, Joe Smith, Gary Shelton or Tom Jones.


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