More than 40,000 entries were submitted, and 14-year-old Nicholas Gouveia, from Frye Island, Mass., hit a grand slam, capturing the ultimate prize — a three day/two-night trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. and the chance to win $50,000 to support his hometown youth baseball program.
“Visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a dream trip that every sports fan should experience, and we are honored to be able to share that special opportunity with Nicholas and his dad,” said Rob Nelson, inventor of Big League Chew. “To be able to bring home a prize of $5,000 that will directly support his hometown team in Massachusetts is the added magic of bubble gum fun for everyone.”
Nicholas, accompanied by his father, Chris Gouveia, visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame from Thursday, Oct. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 31, where they received a VIP archive experience, guided museum tour, and the opportunity to win a $50,000 Grand Prize. Selecting 1 out of 100 sealed envelopes, Nicholas left Cooperstown with the $5,000 runner-up prize that will be used to support his hometown team, Grafton Little League.
“Thank you to Big League Chew and The Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Nicholas Gouveia. “The past couple of days have been amazing. I really appreciate the personal tour and being able to see baseball artifacts from so many of baseball’s greats. I can’t believe I was able to hold Babe Ruth’s bat in my own hands! And on top of all that, I get to give the Little League I grew up playing in $5,000!”
During their VIP archive experience, Nicholas and his dad had the opportunity to view items from their favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, such as Pedro Martínez’s Red Sox cap from the 2004 World Series, Brock Holt’s batting helmet used while hitting for the cycle in Game 3 of 2018 ALDS, Ted Williams’ final home run bat from 1960, and Carl Yastrzemski’s bat used for his milestone 400th home run. They were also able to view additional artifacts including Babe Ruth’s bat, Derek Jeter’s batting gloves, and Tom Seaver’s spikes from his 19-strikeout game.
In addition to the all-expense-paid trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Nicholas received a one-year Hall of Fame Benefactor Membership, a $250 gift certificate to the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum Store, and a one year’s supply of Big League Chew bubble gum and merchandise.
“We’re so grateful to have had Nicholas and his father Chris join us at the Museum,” said Sean Gahagan, the museum’s vice president of retail merchandising and licensing. “With COVID-19 safety protocols put into place, we made sure the experience would be unforgettable by providing direct access to artifacts from some of their favorite teams and players.”
The “Hall of Flavors” game and sweepstakes is a part of a multi-year licensing and sponsorship deal between the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Big League Chew.