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Florida Campus: Cubs, Palmer partnership reaches major proportions

5/24/2011 (Archived)

fl - campus cubsWith each year, the partnership that has developed between the Daytona Cubs and Palmer College of Chiropractic grows. During the past five years, the relationship has resembled a process similar to the one many of the Class “A” Daytona Cubs players experience on their way to the major leagues.

“I’d say our relationship has matured," said Brady Ballard, the Daytona Cubs general manager. “Working with Ted (Nikolla) and all the Palmer staff and students that come through our gates has only served to strengthen our organization. We certainly hope that our partnership with Palmer has helped them in the same way.”

Every Sunday home game is “Palmer Family Fun Day.” Clinicians and interns set up a Palmer information table and help raise awareness of chiropractic and the availability of the Palmer clinics. The clinics also offer chiropractic care to Daytona Cubs players and staff.

On May 23, Tom and Laura Ricketts, who along with other family members are the owners of the Major League Chicago Cubs, were in town to review the operations of their minor league affiliate. After touring Jackie Robinson Ballpark, the Daytona Cubs home, the Ricketts met with several of the Cubs partners during a reception held in the bullpen restaurant, a few feet from the field.

“We are very pleased to see the support provided by our community partners such as Palmer College. I also am aware that there are many Cubs fans in Davenport, Iowa, who support our team, and for that we are very grateful,” said Tom Ricketts.

Photo: Laura Ricketts, Al Luce, D.C., Dean of Clinics and Tom Ricketts.