Gastonia, NC –August 14, 2020 –The newest club in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball(ALPB), located in Gastonia, NC announced today the launch of its “Name the Team Contest,”which encourages fans to submit names for consideration as the club builds its brand identity. Submissions can be made at www.GastoniaProBaseball.comnow through August31. Fans are encouraged to consider factors relative to the City of Gastonia, including its historical significance, roots in baseball, local geography, work ethic and culture, the community’s personality, and other elements unique to the city and its people. The naming contest and subsequent brand development will render elements such as team name, logo, mascot, jersey designs, merchandise, and other promotional materials.“Baseball is all about fun family entertainment and bringing communities together, and our Name the Team Contest feels like the perfect way to lead off,” said Team Owner Brandon Bellamy. “As we build our organization and look to the future, we must also honor the city’s rich heritage and spirit.This team symbolizes partnership, collaboration, and unity. Community engagement is our priority,and we look forward to working with our fans to develop a brand that we will all be proud of.” Fans will have the opportunity to vote for one of the top five selected team names in early September, with the winning name expected to be announced late Fall. Fans can follow along on the team’s social media pages for updates to the naming process, as well as timelines for future team announcements and milestones leading up to Opening Day.The city’s ballpark, which will be managed by the team,broke ground in October 2019, and is under construction according to ALPB facility specifications. It will host family-friendly events, provide an intimate fan experience with innovative gathering areas, and host year-round athletic and entertainment events. The ballpark will serve as a community asset open to all for its inaugural season in 2021and an anchoring component of the overarching FUSE District. The Velocity Companies, for which Bellamy also serves as CEO, will play a prominent role in the FUSE development real estate projects. For more information about the ballpark and FUSE District, please visit www.fusegastonianc.com.
Gastonia Pro Baseball Social Media HandlesInstagram: @GastoniaProBaseballTwitter: @GastoniaProBallFacebook: /GastoniaFUSEAbout the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit AtlanticLeague.com.Brandon Bellamy is a passionate and purpose-driven real estate entrepreneur and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Velocity Companies. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Bellamy has excelled in real estate investment, real estate development, and private fund management. Mr. Bellamy couples a unique knowledge of market-rate and affordable housing development and a superior understanding of financial engineering to impact existing and developing communities. During his tenure at The Velocity Companies, the firm has developed and consulted on projects located in the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas with an aggregate asset value exceeding $500 million.For more information, please visit www.thevelocitycompanies.com. Gastonia, NC,just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size, and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 15 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government, and vibrant business environment.