The Wilmington Sharks are excited to announce a partnership with Excite Union as a Grand Slam Founding Partner. The Grand Slam Founding Partnership is a three year commitment between both the Sharks and Excite Credit Union.

As a Grand Slam Founding Partner, Excite Credit Union becomes the main sponsor of the Sharks reading program, as well as the "Sharky's Kids" program. The Sharks "Read Around the Bases" reading program encourages literacy and reading comprehension inside and outside the classroom for traditional and non-traditional K-8 schools. "Sharky's Kids" program aims to bring underprivileged kids and children with handicaps out to the ballpark for a fun night of baseball.

"Excite Credit Union is thrilled to be partnering with the Wilmington Sharks as a Grand Slam Founding Partner this season", says Kandra Romeo, Business Relationship Manager at Excite Credit Union. "We are committed to our community which we have been a part of for over 40 years and we are proud to support an organization who shares our values of doing good in our community".

Excite Credit Union is a member-owned, financial cooperative that serves more than 40,000 members in six counties—Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda counties in California, and New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties in North Carolina. They also serve approximately 400 Community Business Partners (employers) throughout both states by offering exclusive benefits to their employees.

"We are elated to partner with such a great organization", says Sharks Assistant General Manager Alyson Smist. "I feel that the combination of our two businesses can truly make an impact on the Cape Fear region, specifically the focus of our youth groups and reading programs".



Matthew Ogrinc



About The Wilmington Sharks

Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball.

About The Coastal Plain League

The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 23nd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 of those - including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. While another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.