The True Double Play
We all have multiple ways to follow every MLB player and MLB team on the field – but how about off the field?
Here is a very small sample of recent community activities that don’t show up in the boxscores…
The Chicago White Sox Volunteer Corps participated in a large-scale service project today at Wendell Phillips Academy High School/Ida B. Wells Preparatory Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side. Nearly 500 members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps, along with players, front office staff and members of Chicago Cares assisted in the transformation of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood school on the South Side of Chicago, blocks away from U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, alongside Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks, kicked off the day’s activities with words of encouragement for volunteers. White Sox players Daniel Hudson, Alexei Ramirez and Randy Williams, along with coaches Don Cooper, Jeff Cox and Juan Nieves joined volunteers at the school during the transformation.
Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will host his annual Celebrity Putt-Putt charity event on Monday, September 14, 2009. The event will take place at the Ferncroft Country Club, 10 Village Road, Middleton, MA. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Celebrities for Charities and the Saints Medical Center in Lowell, MA. Participants will include Varitek’s Red Sox teammates and other celebrities. To watch, participate or sponsor the event, please visit the Celebrities for Charities website at http://www.cfctickets.org/tek_golf/sponsorship.htm
The Cleveland Indians announced that Shoes and Clothes for Kids raised $19,903 today for their cause as part of the Tribe’s new community initiative “Fill the House for Charity”. The Indians “Fill the House for Charity” has partnered with 11 of the 13 scheduled non-profit organizations with a year-to-date donation and in-kind total of over $509,000.
Each Wednesday home game this season, Houston Astros‘ shortstop Miguel Tejada hosts 20 Houston-area kids from low-income families as part of his Tejada’s Troops program. Purchased by Tejada, each participant receives a field-level ticket to the game along with $10 in Astros Bucks that can be spent at Minute Maid Park. The experience also includes Astros batting practice viewing from the field and the chance to spend time with the six-time All-Star shortstop. During the meet-and-greet with his young guests, Tejada shares his story of growing up in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic and encourages them to pursue their dreams even in the midst of their current situations.
Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall present a $100,000 Grand Slam Award grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation to Teleos Preparatory Academy Headmaster Reggie Johnson. Teleos Preparatory Academy is the newest of the six Great Hearts Academies in the Phoenix area and just recently opened their doors for the 2009-10 school year. As a partnership between Great Hearts Academies and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Teleos Prep will be the first of its kind in the Metro Phoenix area to deliver a top-tier, college prep education in a low-income community. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation’s Grand Slam Awards were established in 2002 to make a larger impact on community organizations by providing a grant in the amount of $100,000. The grant is made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and by contributions from the D-backs General Partnership Group.
This is how you can get involved: http://mlbgobeyond.mlb.com/gb/
“Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth” – Roberto Clemente