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MLB and the Marlins announce schedule of 2017 All-Star week youth & community events taking place throughout South Florida

Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins today released the 2017 All-Star Week youth & community initiatives schedule, including All-Star Legacy projects that will be unveiled throughout the week, starting Thursday, July 6th and lasting through Tuesday, July 11th -- the day of the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Marlins Park.

The following also includes information regarding MLB's Environmental Programs, a special Stand Up To Cancer moment at Marlins Park as well as visits by special young fans that are receiving an All-Star experience through Make-A-Wish, the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life program and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins today released the 2017 All-Star Week youth & community initiatives schedule, including All-Star Legacy projects that will be unveiled throughout the week, starting Thursday, July 6th and lasting through Tuesday, July 11th -- the day of the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Marlins Park.

The following also includes information regarding MLB's Environmental Programs, a special Stand Up To Cancer moment at Marlins Park as well as visits by special young fans that are receiving an All-Star experience through Make-A-Wish, the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life program and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

As a complement to the Midsummer celebration of Baseball and the Miami Marlins, the various All-Star Week events and project renovations seek to impact the lives of underserved and special needs youth as well as demonstrate the game's respect for the military. The effort includes community improvement projects designed to leave a lasting impact throughout Greater Miami and South Florida. These include four youth playing surfaces, three Boys & Girls Clubs in three different South Florida counties, a mobile eye unit accessible to children throughout South Florida, and a military hospitality lounge at Miami International Airport. Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. will join Marlins ownership in unveiling several of the projects. A variety of Marlins Legends will also participate in the different All-Star community projects and youth events.

MLB Charities, the Miami Marlins and the Marlins Foundation have donated approximately $5 million, a significant portion of which has gone toward the All-Star Legacy initiative. The donation also will support national charitable partners of Major League Baseball, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer, among others. The funds will be raised from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 10th. Since 1997, MLB and host All-Star Clubs have donated approximately $80 million through the All-Star Legacy initiative.

Below is a brief, chronological schedule of MLB All-Star Week Community & Youth Activities:

(A description of each All-Star Week Project and Event accompanies the release in a separate attachment. A master schedule of All-Star Week Youth & Community events is also attached.)

*Indicates an All-Star Legacy Project

Thursday, July 6th

  • 10:30 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Teen Center Renovation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (Glades Teen Center, Belle Glade, Fla.)
  • *1:00 p.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Teen Center Renovation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (Leo Goodwin Foundation Teen Center, North Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • 6:00 p.m. -- Opening Ceremonies of PLAY BALL Park and All-Star Youth Classic (Bayfront Park, Miami, Fla.)

Friday, July 7th

  • *11:00 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Mobile Eye Unit Dedication with Miami Lighthouse for the Blind (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.)
  • 1:30 p.m. -- All-Star "Greening" Volunteer Event (Charles Hadley Park, Miami, Fla.)
  • 3:00 p.m. --Miracle League-Special Olympics Game (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.)

Saturday, July 8th

  • 8:30 a.m. -- Jr. Home Run Derby National Finals (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.)
  • *10:30 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Field Dedication at Charles Hadley Park (Miami, Fla.)
  • *2:00 p.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Military Hospitality Lounge Renovation (Miami International Airport, Miami, Fla.)
  • 5:30 p.m. -- Make-A-Wish Welcome Reception (Miami InterContinental Hotel, Miami, Fla.)

Sunday, July 9th

  • 10:30 a.m. -- Tamiami Park Miracle League Field Dedication (Miami, Fla.)
  • 11:00 a.m. -- High School Home Run Derby Semifinals (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.)

Monday, July 10th

  • *10:00 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Field Dedication at José Martí Park (Miami, Fla.)
  • 12:30 p.m. -- Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.)

Tuesday, July 11th

  • *10:30 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins Kendall All-Star Teen Center Renovation, Scotts Field Refurbishment Dedication & All-Star Smiles, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade (Miami, Fla.)

Additional Community & Youth Activities

  • Breaking Barriers Grand Prize Winner: Anna Howe, a rising 5th grader from Tucson, Ariz., will be accompanied by Sharon Robinson (author; daughter of Jackie Robinson; MLB Educational Programming Consultant) as an honored guest prior to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 10th. Anna is one of two grand prize winners of the 2017 Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life essay contest after writing about the struggles she faces living with eosinophilic esophagitis, a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the esophagus. She was selected from thousands of essays submitted by students in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. This year marks the 21st anniversary of Breaking Barriers - the educational program led by Sharon Robinson and jointly administered with Scholastic. The Breaking Barriers educational program is designed to teach students in grades four through nine about the obstacles faced by Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.
  • Make-A-Wish: Six young fans will be a part of All-Star Week festivities, including all events at Marlins Park, as special guests of Major League Baseball. They include: Benjamin, 14, from Scarsdale, N.Y.; Casey, 15, Mashpee, Mass.; Enrique, 16, New York, N.Y.; Gavin, 19, from Concord, N.C.; Jaidyn, 12, from Springfield, Mo.; and Weston, 12, from Danville, Calif.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America -- Youth of the Year, Mastercard Youth Ambassadors and All-Star PLAY BALL Series: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year Jocelyn Woods, 19, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley in San Jose, Calif., will be a part of pregame ceremonies for the 88th MLB All--Star Game presented by Mastercard. Jocelyn is a rising sophomore at the University of Southern California.
    • Mastercard All-Star Game Youth Ambassadors -- For the second consecutive year, Mastercard, the presenting sponsor of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, has worked in conjunction with MLB to make it possible for 18 young fans from Miami Boys & Girls Clubs kids to take the field with All-Star Game starters and managers. The children, ages 10 to 13, were selected from several branches of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
    • All-Star PLAY BALL Series -- Miami-area Boys & Girls Clubs will field teams of 10-12 year-olds to compete in the third annual All-Star PLAY BALL Series. First round matches will take place on Friday, July 7th at PLAY BALL Park in Bayfront Park. Finals will be held at the All Star FanFest Diamond on Saturday, July 8th.
  • Stand Up To Cancer Moment: During the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, MLB, Mastercard and FOX will encourage fans in attendance in Marlins Park to join them, as well as All-Star Game players, coaches, managers and umpires, in another extraordinary LIVE moment to stand together with Stand Up to Cancer in the fight against cancer.
  • MLB Environmental Efforts: As part of Major League Baseball's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, MLB has ensured that the 88th Midsummer Classic and 2017 All-Star Week incorporate environmentally friendly features and activities. Efforts include:
  • Major League Baseball's Green Teams will appear at ballpark and community events throughout the week. In partnership with several universities, including the University of Minnesota, University of Miami and DePaul University, the program incorporates a college course around sustainability, the collection of recyclables at multiple All-Star Week events, and the education of fans in Marlins Park and the Miami community on positive environmental practices.
    • Green Teams will also work with HandsOn Miami, All-Star Youth Classic players, Marlins Ayudan Blue Shirts, Chevrolet employees, and members of the local community to revitalize portions of Charles Hadley Park in a special All-Star Volunteer Event on Friday, July 7th.
  • Throughout the week, untouched food from event and ballpark production will be donated to a variety of local shelters and organizations.
  • The Miami Marlins will pilot an anaerobic digester outside of Marlins Park to turn food scraps into reusable energy.
  • Additional recycling bins will be added around Marlins Park and other activation areas throughout the week.
  • Existing recycling bins throughout the city will be branded with MLB Green logos and event information.
  • At All-Star FanFest, the environmental programs of MLB and its Clubs will be showcased in an exhibit wall, including an opportunity to view the Green Glove Award, given to the MLB Club with the league's best yearly recycling rate.
  • MLB will offset the environmental carbon footprint of player travel, to and from Miami, as well as offsetting energy and water used at Marlins Park by purchasing renewable energy credits and making contributions to restore endangered watersheds.
  • Major League Baseball staff and guest bus travel in Miami associated with All-Star Week will also be offset with the purchase of carbon credits.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Marlins Park (July 11th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 10th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 9th), All-Star FanFest at the Miami Beach Convention Center (July 7th-11th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 88th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

 

2017 MLB ALL-STAR COMMUNITY & YOUTH SCHEDULE DESCRIPTIONS

*Indicates All-Star Legacy Project

Thursday, July 6th

  • 10:30 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Teen Center Renovation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (Glades Teen Center, Belle Glade, Fla.) -- Refurbishments to the Glades Teen Center facility included upgraded lighting, complete overhaul & upgrade of furniture, renovations to the kitchen and game rooms, and upgrades to the technology center. This All-Star Week Legacy Plus project is part of a $2 million commitment by MLB to renovate parts of one Boys & Girls Club in each MLB Club market between 2016 and 2020. The projects in this larger effort will primarily focus on teen centers and playing fields connected to Boys & Girls Clubs. This is the 21st year of Boys & Girls Clubs of America as the official charity of Major League Baseball. In September 1994, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County proposed an outreach and partnership program to all Glades' area schools. By December, an agreement was reached for the Club to assume the operation of after-school programs in three elementary schools in Belle Glade. Over the years, the Glades' area Boys & Girls Club grew to encompass six school-based sites and one standalone facility, serving more than 1,200 youth through programs and outreach. The Glades Teen Center serves nearly 300 members, including 100 teens per day. The membership of the Glades Teen Center is 98% African-American and 56% of total membership live in a single-parent or non-traditional home. Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. The 13 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 8,000 children ages 6-18.
  • *1:00 p.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Teen Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (Leo Goodwin Foundation Teen Center, North Lauderdale, Fla.) -- This project, which officially launches the 20th Anniversary of MLB's All-Star Legacy initiative, includes improvements to the Leo Goodwin Foundation Teen Center's computer lab, specifically new computer desks, tables, lab chairs, headphones, graphics and a new gaming design software. Additional upgrades to the teen center include those made to the Club's "college corner," recording studio as well as the game room and lounge areas, which are receiving a new television and improved sound system, respectively. The lounge area also will receive a throw rug, lounge-style tables and chairs, wall shelving, wall décor and new curtains. Generally, the Club will receive new flooring, updated painting, ceiling tiles and new baseboards. The Leo Goodwin Foundation Teen Center offers services and programs, include culinary arts, media arts recording and video studio, swim academy, snack and supper program, UPS teen driving program, money matters education, athletic programs, keystone club (character, leadership development and community service), career launch (career and college exploration and employability skills) and college and career program (SAT prep, application assistance, college tours, scholarship program and career day). The membership of the Leo Goodwin Foundation Teen Center is 84% African-American children and 55% of total membership live in a single-parent or non-traditional home. Since 1965, it has been the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens."
  • 6:00 p.m. -- Opening Ceremonies of PLAY BALL Park and All-Star Youth Classic (Bayfront Park, Miami, Fla.) -- Located in Bayfront Park in Miami and measuring about one acre in size, PLAY BALL Park will be an interactive, outdoor space for various programming partners to provide fun, engaging and educational activities for youth baseball and softball players and their families -- all in the backdrop of the Midsummer Classic. PLAY BALL Park, which is generously supported by Chevrolet, Scotts and Nathan's Famous, will be open Thursday, July 6th through Tuesday, July 11th. PLAY BALL Park will include a youth-sized, turf diamond featuring daily scheduled programming and open-play as well as batting tunnels, pitching inflatables, MLB Sponsor activation zones, and a new 'Stickball Alley.' Each young person who participates in PLAY BALL Park activities will receive a plastic or foam bat & ball set made by Franklin and a PLAY BALL-branded t-shirt. During All-Star Week in San Diego last year, nearly 4,000 youth, ages 4 to 17, participated in the inaugural PLAY BALL Park activities. Admission to PLAY BALL Park will be free of charge for all participants. More information on PLAY BALL Park can be found at AllStarGame.com/playballpark.
    • The "All-Star Youth Classic" is a friendly, round-robin tournament hosted in the backdrop of MLB All-Star Week. The tournament will feature more than 140 young baseball and softball players, aged 11-12, participating in games and attending several MLB All-Star Week events. This year's All-Star Youth Classic will run from Friday, July 7th through Monday, July 10th at Grapeland Park and Fern Isle Park in Miami. The 12 teams scheduled to participate in the All-Star Youth Classic include several special groups from across the country and Puerto Rico. For the second consecutive year an all-girls baseball team, the Stamford Sluggers (Stamford, Conn.), will compete. Other notable teams include Mattingly Charities RBI (Evansville, Ind.), which was founded by Miami Marlins Manager and Evansville native Don Mattingly, Jackson Park RBI, a team representing the new RBI program in Flint, Mich., and Puerto Rico RBI, representing the Caribbean. Additionally, there will be one baseball and one softball team from the All-Star Host Miami Marlins RBI program.

Friday, July 7th

  • *11:00 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Mobile Eye Unit Dedication with Miami Lighthouse for the Blind (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.) -- Legacy funding has gone toward a new mobile optometric unit, replacing an outdated, 14-year-old vehicle that has been in constant need of repair. The new unit will allow the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to expand their much needed services of free eye examinations and glasses for eligible school children. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, established in 1931, serves nearly 15,000 people each year and reaches an additional 3,300 through community education and outreach programs as Florida's premier rehabilitation organization serving the blind.
  • 1:30 p.m. -- All-Star "Greening" Volunteer Event (Charles Hadley Park, Miami, Fla.) -- Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins will host a volunteer event focused on revitalizing and beautifying Charles Hadley Park, in the Liberty City community of Miami. More than 140 volunteers will be in service to the community, including All-Star Green Team members (consisting of students from several universities, including the University of Minnesota, University of Miami and DePaul University), Marlins Ayudan Blue Shirts, HandsOn Miami, members of the local community, and All-Star Youth Classic players. The event will allow for hands-on activities (e.g., building benches/picnic tables, landscaping, waste removal, etc.) and incorporate environmental education in the form of All-Star Green Team college students working with youth to increase knowledge around environmental issues and best practices around taking action.
  • 3:00 p.m. -- Miracle League-Special Olympics Game (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.) -- MLB and the Marlins will host a game for youth participants who currently are involved with the Miracle League of Miami-Dade and Special Olympics Florida at Marlins Park. Each participant will get one at-bat and play the field defensively. Jerseys will be provided by Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids. Each of the participating organizations provides baseball and softball opportunities for boys and girls with physical or developmental disabilities.

Saturday, July 8th

  • 8:30 a.m. -- Jr. Home Run Derby National Finals (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.) -- The second annual Jr. Home Run Derby will culminate at Marlins Park on Saturday, July 8th at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). The Finals will include 16 competitors, with eight participants in each age division (12u & 14u). The winners of the Jr. Home Run Derby contest will be recognized at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Marlins Park on Monday, July 10th. The Jr. Home Run Derby is an MLB skills competition that has provided thousands of kids, ages 14 and under, an opportunity to participate in a fun-focused home run hitting contest in more than 1,500 competitions across the United States.
  • *10:30 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Field Dedication at Charles Hadley Park (Miami, Fla.) -- Upgrades to Charles Hadley Park consisted of a complete renovation of a baseball field, including replacing all fencing and the backstop with new vinyl coated fencing, drainage improvements, installing new dugouts and re-grading the outfield turf. Additional improvements included reconditioning the infield clay, new concrete sidewalks and providing concrete slabs under the dugouts and bleachers.
  • *2:00 p.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Military Hospitality Lounge Renovation (Miami International Airport, Miami, Fla.) -- Renovations made to the Military Hospitality Lounge at Miami International Airport, which provides hospitality services for active and former members of the Armed Forces and their families who are traveling, include a more efficiently-designed space as well as new furniture, artwork, flooring and graphics.
  • 5:30 p.m. -- Make-A-Wish Welcome Reception (Miami InterContinental Hotel, Miami, Fla.) -- MLB, through Make-A-Wish, is hosting six young people battling life-threatening illnesses and their families as honored guests during All-Star Week. Since 2000, MLB has granted more than 100 wishes to attend the All-Star Game and World Series Games.

Sunday, July 9th

  • 10:30 a.m. -- Tamiami Park Miracle League Field Dedication (Miami, Fla.) -- Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins will dedicate the opening of the newly-built Miracle League Field at Tamiami Park, which will be a home field for The Miracle League of Miami-Dade. This Legacy Plus project consists of a specialized rubber field that offers a safe and obstacle-free playing environment for use by children and young adults with special needs. The new facility will provide league access to over 69,000 special needs children and young adults in Miami-Dade County.
  • 11:00 a.m. -- High School Home Run Derby Semifinals (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.) -- Major League Baseball will host eight High School players from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico during All-Star Week. Participating players are selected in conjunction with MLB, USA Baseball and MLB International. Each player will receive one pair of Franklin Batting Gloves, a pair of Under Armour Cleats, a New Era All-Star Game Batting Practice Cap, a Majestic All-Star Game Batting Practice Jersey, a pair of Majestic Baseball Pants and other minor equipment. The top two finalists after Sunday will compete in-between breaks of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Marlins Park on Monday, July 10th. High School Home Run Derby competitors include: Bryce Bush (De La Salle Collegiate High School, Birmingham, Mich.), Elijah Cabell (Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Fla.), Triston Casas (American Heritage High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Joseph Gray (Hattiesburg High School, Hattiesburg, Miss.), Rece Hinds (Niceville High School, Niceville, Fla.), Jarred Kelenic (Waukesha West High School, Waukesha, Wis.), Noah Naylor (St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) and Kevin Vargas (International Baseball Academy High School, Salinas, Puerto Rico).

Monday, July 10th

  • *10:00 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins All-Star Field Dedication at José Martí Park (Miami, Fla.) -- This project featured a complete renovation of the field at José Martí Park. Renovations included re-grading the field to eliminate low spots, replacing the outfield grass with new grass, adding new high-efficiency sports lighting, and a drainage system to help minimize weather-related delays. Additionally, all fencing and the backstop were replaced with new vinyl coated fencing. Other improvements include a new scoreboard, new dugouts with roofs and new bleachers with shade canopies. The renovations could potentially result in an additional 1,000-3,000 youth players participating in baseball and softball programming at José Martí Park.
  • 12:30 p.m. -- Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals (Marlins Park, Miami, Fla.) -- The Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals competition is scheduled for Monday, July 10th at 12:30 p.m. (EDT), prior to Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. The list of 24 Finals competitors includes the top three baseball and softball participants from four age divisions (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14). Beginning in March, more than 625,000 youth participated in more than 4,500 competitions in either the baseball or softball divisions throughout the United States and Canada. Team championships were hosted at each of the 30 MLB ballparks between the end of May and late June. Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run encourages youth players to develop their skills by competing in pitching, hitting, and running competitions, which begin at the local level and continue through sectional and team championships. Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball, is in its fifth year sponsoring the competition. Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals, Matt Wisler of the Atlanta Braves and six-year MLB veteran Chris Parmelee are all Pitch, Hit & Run alumni.

Tuesday, July 11th

*10:30 a.m. -- MLB-Marlins Kendall All-Star Teen Center Renovation, Scotts Field Refurbishment Dedication & All-Star Smiles (Kendall Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Miami, Fla.) -- This project encompassed the renovation and expansion of the existing Teen Center at the Kendall Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to include the following: installation of a new HVAC system, new flooring and lighting as well as recoating the roofing on the exterior, upgrading furniture, enabling telephone/cable and Wi-Fi service, cosmetic upgrades (interior and exterior painting), an art component on the exterior, and creating an outdoor space adjacent to the Teen Center. The renovation and expansion is expected to increase the number of children served daily from 20 to as many as 100 teens per day, a potential 400% increase.

  • Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball, is also supporting a youth baseball field refurbishment with FOX Sports analyst and 14-Time MLB All-Star Alex Rodriguez, who funded the majority of this field project. Rodriguez also funded refurbishments to two additional youth fields located near the Kendall Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The Toro Company, a supporter of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, donated a Toro Sand Pro 3040 infield groomer, with attachments, to the field projects as well.
  • Major League Baseball also is supporting an All-Star Smiles event at the Club on Tuesday, July 11th. Approximately 100 children will be provided with free preventative care and education, and if necessary, follow up dental treatment. The All-Star Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating childhood tooth decay. Founded by Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Dr. Craig Spodak, All-Star Smiles unites community members, dental care providers, and children throughout the country. Since 2015, the organization has helped hundreds of children receive needed dental care at no cost, while providing a fun, safe and comfortable experience.

Miscellaneous

In support of Boys & Girls Clubs' Back-to-School efforts, Major League Baseball, the Marlins Foundation and Marlins Ayudan will provide All-Star VIP Gift Bags filled with school supplies to 100 teens at each of the Teen Center renovations (Glades, Leo Goodwin Foundation, Kendall). An additional 100 bags will be donated to SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management). SLAM is a public charter school located near Marlins Park in Little Havana in Miami. SLAM serves 6th through 12th grade students seeking careers in the Sports Leadership and Management industries. The school was founded by musician and Miami native Pitbull.

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Marlins Foundation Charity Partner Program, Feeding South Florida will be awarded $100,000 during All-Star Sunday. Established in 2012, the Marlins Charity Partner Empowerment Fund has become the Marlins Foundation's signature program for awarding gifts to non-profit organizations that are impacting the local community. Since the program's inception, 16 organizations have received more than $1.5 million and held the distinction of being named a Marlins Charity Partner. The contribution of $100,000 will allow Feeding South Florida to acquire a new refrigerated truck, with the capacity to distribute an additional 3,000,000 lbs. of food per year. Feeding South Florida is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks and serves Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties. Feeding South Florida annually serves nearly 800,000 individuals in need of food assistance -264,280 of whom are children and 130,000 of whom are older adults.