by We Are Sikhs — June 29, 2017
Organization to sponsor Visalia fireworks show, throw out first pitch and have information booth at Fresno Grizzlies game and sponsor Selma Cultural Exchange
Thursday, June 29, 2017
FRESNO, CA – On Tuesday, July 4 and Wednesday, July 5, We Are Sikhs Fresno will celebrate Independence Day with three events in the Fresno area. The organization will sponsor the Visalia 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Groppetti Stadium at Golden West High School. In Fresno, representatives of We Are Sikhs Fresno will throw the first pitch at the Fresno Grizzlies game and meet with game attendees at the We Are Sikhs sponsor booth inside of Chukchansi Park. Additionally, on Wednesday, July 5, the organization will be sponsoring the Selma Cultural Exchange at Lincoln Park in Selma.
“Independence Day is a day for all Americans to celebrate the birth of our great nation, We Are Sikhs Fresno is thrilled to help sponsor community events in Fresno and Visalia this July 4th and in Selma on July 5th,” said Amrit Pal, spokesman for We Are Sikhs Fresno. “As Sikh Americans, we’re committed to serving our communities, and we are proud to help revitalize the Visalia 4th of July Extravaganza, and look forward to enjoying the great American baseball tradition alongside our friends and neighbors at the Fresno Grizzlies game. In Selma, we are very excited to meet with community members and share information about our culture.”
We Are Sikhs Fresno is a Grand Finale Sponsor of the Visalia 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza that will resume this year following a two-year hiatus. This year’s event, hosted by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tulare County, will feature a family friendly day of games, water works, food, music and fireworks. During the Fresno Grizzlies game, We Are Sikhs Fresno representatives will throw out the first pitch and unfurl the American flag during the singing of the national anthem.
We Are Sikhs Fresno, a local effort to help educate Americans about their Sikh American neighbors, launched in June 2017. The initiative includes local television advertising, community events, and community outreach, and is a part of the national We Are Sikhs effort launched earlier this year by the National Sikh Campaign.
The Sikh community has been the target of discrimination, intimidation, harassment and hate crimes since the 9/11 attacks, largely because of a collective misunderstanding of what the turban means in the Sikh faith. Sikhs wear the turban to show their willingness to serve others in the community and their commitment to equality for all people. 99% of individuals wearing turbans in the U.S. are of the Sikh faith.
All three events are open to press, and specific event details are below:
WHAT: VISALIA 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
WHO: We Are Sikhs Fresno, the City of Visalia and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tulare County
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
TIME: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
WHERE: Groppetti Stadium
Golden West High School
1717 N. McAuliffe Street
Visalia, CA 93292
WHAT: FRESNO GRIZZLIES VS. SALT LAKE BEES
WHO: We Are Sikhs Fresno
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
TIME: 6:05 pm
WHERE: Chukchansi Park
1800 Tulare St,
Fresno, CA 93721
WHAT: SELMA CULTURAL EXCHANGE
WHO: We Are Sikhs Fresno and the City of Selma
WHEN: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
TIME: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
WHERE: Lincoln Park
Selma St. and Rose Ave.
Selma, CA 93662
To learn more about Sikh Americans and Sikhism, please visit www.wearesikhs.org.
About the National Sikh Campaign
The National Sikh Campaign (NSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the many contributions Sikh Americans make to their communities every day. Whether it’s serving multiple tours overseas, leading Fortune 500 companies, managing family farms, serving as elected officials, or promoting equality and serving the local community, Sikhs put into action the values that make America great. NSC’s mission is to ensure that more Americans can immediately recognize and understand who Sikh Americans are, what their faith is all about, and how it shapes their significant contributions to American life. To learn more, please visit www.sikhcampaign.org