The rules of the Read Your Way to the Ballpark game are simple. Get your game card at your library in Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Sarasota 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 certificate of completion signed by Evan Longoria and a ticket to a Rays game!
Although this program is focused on students in grades 3 through 5, all students in grades Pre-K through 12 can participate.
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 2014 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 the 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.
Click here to view a Sample Game Card
Stop the presses! Summer vacation has arrived. Summer is a great time to relax, get in some extra exercise and fun and keep your brain active. There is no better way to exercise your mind than by reading.
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.
While the suggested reading books listed in the Reading with the Rays publication are appropriate for students in grades 3 through 5, any student in grades Pre-K through 12 may participate in the program. 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. Please be aware that Young Adult books may contain adult-oriented themes.
- Click here to download a copy of the suggested book titles: grades PreK through 3
- Click here to download a copy of the suggested book titles: grades 3 through 5
- Click here to download a copy of the suggested book titles: Young Adult
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.