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Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. through Monday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. EDT

UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction helps to provide:

  • Furry friends, clothing and accessories from Build-A-Bear Workshop® for children in hospitals in Major League markets.
  • College scholarships for young adults adopted later in life.
  • Unique on-field and online baseball experiences for youth-based organizations and military families.
  • Umpire skills and leadership training for teens in underserved communities.

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Photo Credit: Ken Blaze

About BLUE for Kids Program

Major League Baseball umpires and lovable team mascots provide furry friends, clothing and accessories from Build-A-Bear Workshop® for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Each event includes a supply of pre-stuffed Build-A-Bear® furry friends, various outfits, cub condos, birth certificates and baseball-themed stress balls. Team photographers capture memories for the children at each event. Since the program started in 2006, MLB umpires have hosted over 180 children's hospital events across the country and in Canada giving out more than 18,000 bears.

Photo Credit: Oakland Athletics

About BLUE Crew Ticket Program

BLUE Crew Tickets offers memorable baseball experiences virtually or on-field for children awaiting adoption, at-risk youth in mentoring programs, children battling serious illness and military families. Major League Baseball umpires and caring corporate partners provide kids a VIP experience including great seats to the game, a goody bag of all things baseball and the unique opportunity to step onto the field for a souvenir baseball and photo. Since the program started in 2006, MLB umpires have welcomed over 9,220 guests to Major League Baseball games and expanded to all 30 Triple-A teams in 2019.

Photo Courtesy of Zoe Cottom

About All-Star Scholarship Program

Education is an important part of life. In baseball terms, it gives you a healthy lead as you round the bases. Not everyone gets the same opportunity for higher education. The UMPS CARE Charities All-Star Scholarship was created for children adopted later in life in order to help provide a college education for promising students with a financial need. To help ensure their long-term success, each student is paired with an MLB Umpire mentor and becomes a part of the UMPS CARE Family. Close to $300,000 has been awarded since the program’s inception.

Credit: Houston Astros

About Official Leadership Program

UMPS CARE Charities is launched the Official Leadership Program in 2021 to encourage, engage and mentor teens and train them to work games. The course includes Social Emotional Learning classes, focusing on leadership, mentorship and sportsmanship, in addition to umpiring mechanics in field classes. Our pilot programs launched this summer at MLB Youth Academies in Washington, D.C. and Houston, and the DREAM Charter School in New York.

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