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PIRATES CHARITIES AND OTHER COMMUNITY NEWS
Pirates Charities hosted a Miracle League Fantasy Camp on July 30. Chairman Bob Nutting, president Travis Williams, GM Ben Cherington, manager Derek Shelton, bench coach Don Kelly and a group of players -- catcher Jason Delay and pitchers Tyler Beede, David Bednar, Chase De Jong and Zach Thompson -- were all in attendance. The Miracle League players who took part in the fantasy camp received a commemorative medal, a Pirates jersey and cap, the opportunity to create their own baseball cards, lunch, and autographs from players, coaches, and mascots.Full story
For the 15th season, the Pirates hosted Pirates Charities Game on AT&T SportsNet on Friday, July 1, 2022. Thank you to the many fans who donated to support Pirates Charities! Your donations help Pirates Charities continue providing unique and memorable experiences for our neighbors in need, extending support to local organizations working to create a healthy and thriving community, and ensuring that everyone, no matter their abilities, will have the chance to play and experience the great games of baseball and softball.
On June 19, the Pirates hosted a Prostate Cancer Awareness Game to help spread awareness and acknowledge organizations in our community working hard to find a cure for the disease. To support the continued fight against prostate cancer in our region, Pirates Charities was proud to donate $10,000 to ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer to assist the work they are doing locally for all men, including their efforts to support and advocate for black men, who are 1.7x more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer (ZERO). In honor of our collaboration with ZERO, the Pirates were thrilled to have Lee Carter, a prostate cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch with his son, Donte.
On the morning of June 18, members of the Pirates front office gathered to ride in the Grand Jubilee Juneteenth Parade throughout the Hill District and Downtown neighborhoods. The Pirate Parrot and Cheese Chester, along with members of the Pirates front office and their families, boarded a Pirate Ship float in support of this national holiday. The Pirates were also supporters of this year's Juneteenth Youth Sports Festival in Mellon Park on June 11, activating a PLAY BALL experience. All youth in attendance received a Pirates PLAY BALL t-shirt and wiffle ball and bat set.
On June 17, the Pirates celebrated Pride Night at PNC Park, featuring a Pride-themed gate giveaway, the flying of various Progress Flags along the Riverwalk and a resource fair with more than 10 local LGTBQ+ nonprofit organizations. Prior to first pitch, representatives from a number of local LGBTQ+ organizations were invited to take part in a ceremonial unfurling of the Progress Flag on the field alongside Pirates front office employees, including General Manager Ben Cherington and President Travis Williams. To further the celebration and showcase our commitment to our community members, the Pirates were proud to present financial contributions to Allies for Health and Wellbeing, Persad Center and Proud Haven to help each of them further their mission of supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
In addition to the Pirates activation at the Juneteenth Youth Sports Festival, the Pirates took part in MLB's PLAY BALL Weekend by hosting 600 kids for free youth clinics at PNC Park on Sunday, June 12 and activating all weekend at No Offseason, a youth sports complex located in Tarentum, PA. In total, the Pirates engaged nearly 1,000 youth in the game of baseball and softball over a three-day period, joining all of the other MLB teams in a weekend dedicated to celebrating the growth of the game.
On the morning of May 14, members of our Pirates community gathered at PNC Park to take part in the Pirates Charities Family Walk, presented by Allegheny Health Network, benefiting mental health. Pirates players, families, front office staff, fans and partners all came together for a fun-filled walk throughout the ballpark, followed by a carnival celebration on our Riverwalk. Fans enjoyed games, activities and the opportunity to engage with a number of non-profit partners who provided fans resources and the comfort of knowing that our community stands together in reducing the stigma around mental health. Proceeds from the event benefitted Pirates Charities mental health programming.
Pirates pitcher David Bednar, alongside the Pirate Parrot, surprised first graders at Mars Primary School on April 27 with baseball equipment, donated by Pirates Charities, for their PE classes to help ensure the students have the chance to play the game of baseball.