- The Washington Times - Monday, June 22, 2015

A minor league baseball team in Utah has canceled its promotional “Caucasian Heritage Night” following outrage spurred by last week’s church shootings in South Carolina.

The Orem Owlz, an affiliate team of the Los Angeles Angels, canceled what they described as a lighthearted white appreciation event to be held at its Brent Brown Ballpark on the campus of Utah Valley University on Aug. 10, a local CNN affiliate reported.

The Owlz’ website had advertised the event with the tagline “Irish, Italian, Scandinavian, German…. or even Utahn! Whatever your background, celebrate it at the Home of the Owlz!”

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox spoke to the owner of the Owlz, who canceled the event Friday afternoon, the station reported.

“Minor League Baseball, and the Orem Owlz, is about baseball, togetherness and family fun for all fans of all races, religions, and orientations,” the team said in a statement. “Our goal in this promotion, like any of our promotions, is to have fun and make fun of everyday normalcies. Our night was to include wonder bread on burgers with mayonnaise, clips from shows like Friends and Seinfeld and trying to solve the vertical leaping challenge. We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued. For that, we sincerely apologize.”

Other Owlz promotional nights include “Office Space Night,” “Princess Night” and “Shark Week” night.

“In light of everything that has happened in Charleston, South Carolina, it is very troubling,” Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Tri-State Conference of Idaho, Nevada & Utah, told CNN.

“Especially now, when there are so many white supremacist groups out there, and they’re looking for something like this,” she said.

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