The Peoria Chiefs, with the help of area law enforcement agencies, are handing out free baseballs to kids.
Officers will hand out 750 gold plated baseballs over the next week and a half to kids they seeing doing good things and obeying the law.
This is the second straight year the Chiefs are working with police departments in Peoria, East Peoria, Peoria Heights, Washington, Pekin and Delavan in addition to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Peoria Park District and Bradley University.
The baseballs are in honor of Pete Vonachen, the former Chiefs owner who died June 10, 2013. The balls are inscribed with a quote from Vonachen, “There is nothing more rewarding than the look of joy when you give a kid a baseball.”
The Pete Vonachen statue at Dozer Park is of Vonachen in his familiar pose of handing a baseball to a child.
The gold baseballs can be exchanged for two free tickets to the Chiefs game August 5.
The first 1,000 fans through the gate that night will receive a replica of the Pete Vonachen statue, courtesy of Busey Bank.