© 2024 KLCC

136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Eugene Emeralds Receive Top Award for Community Involvement


The Eugene Emeralds baseball team has received  an award in recognition of their community involvement.

The Emeralds are the 2020 recipients of the Short-Season Freitas award- an honor that’s bestowed by Baseball America to recognize franchises for their community involvement, long-term business success and consistent operational excellence.

The Ems earned the award for their efforts in supporting the local community during the coronavirus pandemic and in the ongoing efforts to help survivors of this year’s wildfires.

Over the past eight months the organization has held blood drives, collected and distributed personal protective equipment, and in response to the wildfires, they helped get food, water, and supplies to evacuees and even used their food trucks to to cook meals for community members.

The Emeralds, the Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and 2018 Northwest League Champions, had their 2020 season canceled and haven’t played a game at home since August, 2019.

Copyright 2020, KLCC

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.