DANVILLE, go. (WDBJ) – Danville’s minor baseball team has rolled out a new name, The Danville Otterbots.
According to team officials, the identity was “formed by ideas from fans and members of the community, and one that fully represents Danville and Southside.”
The team is set to usher in a new era of baseball and entertainment at American Legion Post 325 Field beginning this summer.
“When we came to Danville in January, the first thing we talked about was city council members, local business owners and operators, community and nonprofit leaders, and longtime Danville Baseball fans. These conversations made it very clear to us: the idea of a new team identity was as broad as the Dan River and as far-reaching as the Appalachians, ”said general manager Austin Scher. “From there, we started a two-week submission competition with the name team, where we received over 600 name suggestions. From traditional, to modern, to completely wild and crazy – we saw the whole spectrum of human imagination in these names. Instead of choosing just one of the proposed names, we drew instead common themes and concepts to build an identity that is completely unique to Danville and Southside. ”
The name Otterbots comes from two themes the team heard in conversations with fans and then in the competition for submitting names, according to team leaders: the play and symbolism of otters, and the future of STEM education and new industry across the south.
Otterbots’ primary blue is designed to “honor the Dan River and highlight the role it played in building the tobacco and textile industry that defined Danville for generations,” according to the team. The team’s secondary orange, highlighted in the otter’s eyes, is matched to the color of the HOME sign, formerly above the Dan River Fabrics, which is currently adorned in the River District on Main St.
The neon font, shown on the team’s jerseys, is a tribute to two additional themes: the blur of cars passing by on nearby highways and racetracks, and the lights of Danville’s upcoming Caesars casino.
“We are so grateful for the reception we have received in Danville to this point, and are so pleased with the outcome of this community-driven process. Building an identity that involves so many different themes is truly remarkable, “said team owner and president Ryan Keur. “I’m so proud of Austin and know he’s going to continue to build a great team in Danville and further the mission of becoming a strong community manager.”
Society’s first chance to see the Otterbots in action will be Thursday, June 3, when the 2021 Appalachian League season begins in Danville. Consisting of collegiate athletes from across the country, the renewed Appalachian League, led by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, will see the Otterbots play 27 home games from June to August.
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