LECOM Bradenton teams up with Pirates
College represented at annual Pirate-fest event

LECOM Bradenton joined forces with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a day at the ballpark.

Pirates fans flock to the LECOM booth.

Under sun-drenched skies, LECOM Bradenton students and staff participated in Pirate-fest prior to the Pirates-Astros spring training game at McKechnie Field.

Pirate-fest is an annual street fair held outside of McKechnie Field that gives local organizations the opportunity to disseminate information to the public.

LECOM Bradenton first-year osteopathic medical students Miciah Jones, Kyle Stevenson, Jonathan Von Koenig and Case Newsom answered questions about LECOM Bradenton's programs.

One fan inquired about osteopathic medicine and the difference between an MD and a DO.

LECOM first-year medical students Kyle Stevenson and Miciah Jones pose with Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm.

Von Koenig explained that DOs work with patients to help them achieve a high level of wellness treating the whole person, and noting the importance of health education and preventive medicine.

This was the fourth year the Pirates held the event at its team's spring training home in Bradenton. The Pirates have trained in Bradenton since 1969.

Fans lined the streets to get autographs from Pirate players such as Matt Capps, Paul Maholm, Tom Gorzelanny, Adam LaRoche, Andy LaRoche and Freddy Sanchez.

Approximately 4,000 fans participated in Pirate-fest. A similar event held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in January, drew over 15,000 fans.

March 11, 2009
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