Syracuse Chiefs, Chick-fil-A Cicero kick off ‘Cans for Clear Path’ partnership recycling program

Clear Path for Veterans is excited to announce that today is the Syracuse Chief’s home opener against the Norfolk Tides at NBT Bank Stadium for the 2018 baseball season. (Note, if you are planning to attend the game, due to impending weather concerns the Syracuse Chiefs have announced that the game start time has been moved to 5:35 p.m.) Today’s home game kicks off a new partnership between the Syracuse Chiefs, Chick-fil-A Cicero and Bottle & Can Retrieval Centers to develop a recycling program to benefit Clear Path for Veterans.

The recycling program “Cans for Clear Path” will be held at the stadium during the 2018 baseball season. The program will encourage Chiefs’ fans to deposit their cans and bottles in the specially-marked recycling bins located throughout the stadium. Thanks to the support of Chick-fil-a Cicero, 100 percent of the proceeds of all bottles and cans collected in these bins during the course of the season will go to benefit the programs and services at Clear Path for Veterans.

"We are thrilled that Chick-fil-A chose Clear Path as its designated charity for the recycling program that it’s sponsoring at the stadium,” said Clear Path’s Chief Development Officer Myron Thurston III.  “We encourage folks who want to learn more about us to stop by for a tour of our facility, come hike the trails on our property, or visit on a Wednesday and enjoy a Canteen lunch.”

The Syracuse Chiefs are the International League affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Syracuse Chiefs General Manager Jason Smorol said the organization is very excited to kick-off the new recycling program for the 2018 season.

“I cannot thank Chick-fil-A Cicero enough for agreeing to partner with us to make this a reality,” Smorol said. “We can never do enough for our Veterans, so I am proud that we are able to be a part of this program and make a contribution.”

“We saw this as a great way to give back to an organization that does so much for Veterans in our community,” said Jimmer Szatkowski, owner of Chick-fil-A Cicero. “Through our partnership with the Chiefs, we’ll also be able to provide Clear Path for Veterans season-long awareness for all of their programs and services.”

In additional to the “Cans for Clear Path” recycling program, Clear Path will periodically set up information tables at home games, and one Veteran will be recognized each month for the Chiefs’ “Salute to Service” games. Bottle and Can Retrieval Centers will also post banners at its locations encouraging customers to donate their bottles and cans to Clear Path.

For more information about the Cans for Clear Path recycling program, contact Katie Berger at the Syracuse Chiefs at (315) 474-7833 or