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PIRATES CHARITIES CARE-A-VAN

The Pirates CARE-a-van took place January 22-24, 2020 - encompassing 35 events across 18 cities.

Pirates players and prospects who took part in the CARE-a-van included Josh Bell, Nick Burdi, Blake Cederlind, Will Craig, Geoff Hartlieb, Ke'Bryan Hayes, Guillermo Heredia, Clay Holmes, Sam Howard, Cody Ponce, Yacksel Rios and Bryan Reynolds. In addition to those players, Pirates manager Derek Shelton was joined by coaches Tarrik Brock, Joey Cora, Don Kelly, Oscar Marin, Justin Meccage, Mike Rabelo and Glenn Sherlock on the three-day event.

The CARE-a-van featured four separate groups of players and coaches traveling to public and private community action events throughout the region. Pirates players, coaches, front office personnel and Pirates Charities partnered with local non-profits and donated their time to assist with projects and services, as well as visit with schools and community organizations.

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Please see below information for complete CARE-a-van stop-by-stop details.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

GROUP 1

Blake Cederlind, Guillermo Heredia, Bryan Reynolds, Glenn Sherlock and Don Kelly

Altoona, PA
  • Noon to 2 p.m. - Dick's Sporting Goods -- The group will assist with a Project Bundle-Up winter clothing event, in partnership with Forever Media.
Indiana, PA
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - YMCA of Indiana County -- Pirates players and coaches will make a visit to the YMCA of Indiana County to present a $20,500 check as part of the 2019 Fields for Kids matching grant program to upgrade three fields for the more than 1,750 boys and girls they serve. In addition, Pirates celebrities will join youth in a game of whiffle ball, serve snacks and more.
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania -- Join the Pirates Care-a-van and team radio partner Renda Broadcasting for a public event as players will visit IUP for a night that includes games, autographs and more, benefiting the Teddy Bear Fund Drive. The event will take place at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

GROUP 2

Nick Burdi, Will Craig, Geoff Hartlieb, Joey Cora and Mike Rabelo

Meadville, PA
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Meadville Area Middle School -- Pirates players and coaches, in partnership with Forever Broadcasting, will visit for a special mentoring program with area students that includes the Long Live Their Legacy curriculum, a Pirates initiative promoting the history of the Negro Leagues and its many stars.
Erie, PA
  • 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Barber National Institute -- Players and coaches will participate in a special Q&A session, hosted by Pirates in-game host Joe Klimchak. Following the Q&A, players, coaches, mascots, and members of the Bucco Brigade will play carnival games in the gym with the adults and school children served at the Barber Institute.
  • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Tom Ridge Environmental Center -- Join the Pirates Care-a-van for a special Millcreek Township recycling appreciation event this evening. The event is open free to the public and will include an opportunity to receive a sustainable item (metal straws, reusable cutlery, bamboo frisbees, recycled car leather coasters, etc.) as a thank you from the township.

GROUP 3

Josh Bell, Sam Howard, Clay Holmes, Tarrik Brock and Justin Meccage

Monongahela, PA
  • 11 a.m. to Noon - Ringgold High School -- Pirates players and coaches will participate in a meet-and-greet with Ringgold High School baseball and softball teams in the school gymnasium. After the meet and greet and Q&A session, the teams will participate in skill stations led by the Pirates team, giving the Care-a-van group the chance to offer feedback and tips to the high school athletes.
Latrobe, PA
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Clelian Heights -- In partnership with volunteers from LJ Aviation, the Pirates will host a Miracle League Fantasy Camp for 40 students from Clelian Heights. Participants will rotate between stations staffed by volunteers alongside Pirates players and coaches, and LJ Aviation employees will serve as buddies for the Miracle League athletes.
Johnstown, PA
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Oakland Volunteer Fire Company -- Join Pirates players and coaches as they visit with the Oakland Fire Company volunteer firefighters and their families. The event is open free to the public and will include autograph and photo opportunities.

GROUP 4

Ke'Bryan Hayes, Cody Ponce, Yacksel Rios, Derek Shelton, Oscar Marin

Morgantown, WV
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Cheat Lake Elementary School -- Today, Pirates players and coaches will visit with elementary school students and lead them through fun and simple baseball instruction and activity using USA Baseball's specialized Fun at Bat equipment.
Clarksburg, WV
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Harrison County Recreation Complex -- Pirates players and coaches will visit with youth players and participate in a baseball skills clinic for players ages eight to 12, in partnership with the Harrison County PONY League. In addition, Pirates Charities will present a $37,500 check as part of the Fields for Kids matching grant program to assist with the installation of field turf, bases, netting and more at the group's new indoor facility at the complex.
Pittsburgh, PA
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Allegheny Sports Complex at Cool Springs -- Join the Pirates Care-a-van as the group of players and coaches, in partnership with Highmark, visit with youth players and take part in a special Q&A led by Pirates announcer, Joe Block. Following the program, there will be opportunities for autographs and pictures at the complex.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

GROUP 1

Blake Cederlind, Guillermo Heredia, Bryan Reynolds, Glenn Sherlock and Don Kelly

Dubois, PA
  • 11 a.m. to Noon - DuBois VA Outpatient Clinic -- Pirates players and coaches will visit with patients and participate in whole health activities including yoga, meditation and more.
Pittsburgh, PA
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Station 17 -- Join the Pirates Care-a-van as players and coaches attend this event that is open free to the public. The event will include a demonstration with Westinghouse Public Safety, kids' activities, dinner with community members as well as an opportunity for autographs and photos.

GROUP 2

Nick Burdi, Will Craig, Geoff Hartlieb, Joey Cora and Mike Rabelo

Beaver County, PA
  • 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Brighton Township Fire Hall -- Pirates players and coaches will stop to deliver lunch and thank local first responders for their dedication.
Pittsburgh, PA
  • 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Peterson Event Center -- Tonight, join the Pirates Care-a-van as players and coaches will be joined by local Pirates RBI teams to cheer on the University of Pittsburgh Women's Basketball Team. The night will include autograph signings on the main concourse, a special tee-shirt toss and more.

GROUP 3

Josh Bell, Sam Howard, Clay Holmes, Derek Shelton and Tarrik Brock

McDonald, PA
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - McDonald Volunteer Fire Department -- Pirates players and coaches will stop to deliver donuts and coffee to volunteers and staff of the McDonald VFD to show appreciation for their service to the community.
Weirton, WV
  • 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Weirton Elementary School -- In partnership with coaches from Weirton Baseball, the Pirates will offer baseball skills clinics to students at Weirton Elementary School. Students in grades one through four will rotate through stations run by Pirates players and coaches, Weirton Baseball coaches and Bucco Brigade.
Wheeling, WV
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - YMCA of Wheeling -- In partnership with volunteers from Bordas & Bordas, the Pirates will host a Miracle League Fantasy Camp for 40 athletes from the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley. Participants will rotate between stations staffed by volunteers alongside Pirates players and coaches, and Bordas & Bordas employees will serve as buddies for the Miracle League athletes.
  • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - YMCA of Wheeling -- In partnership with volunteers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Pirates will host a Baseball Skills Clinic for 40 athletes from the Laughlin Memorial Chapel after school program. Participants will rotate between stations staffed by volunteers alongside Pirates players and coaches and Wheeling Police Officers.

GROUP 4

Ke'Bryan Hayes, Cody Ponce, Yacksel Rios, Justin Meccage and Oscar Marin

Youngstown, OH
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Davis Family YMCA -- Today, Pirates players and coaches will visit with elementary school students and lead them through fun and simple baseball instruction and activity using USA Baseball's specialized Fun at Bat equipment. In addition, the Care-a-van group will visit with the Silver Sneakers, fitness classes for older adults.
Columbiana, OH
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Columbiana Middle School -- Pirates players and coaches will visit with Columbiana High School baseball and softball teams and take part in an afternoon Q&A event with players and coaches.
New Castle, PA
  • 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - The Rack -- Join the Pirates and the New Castle Area School District for an elementary school baseball and softball coaching clinic. Pirates players and coaches will be joined by area coaches and New Castle High School baseball and softball players as they lead various baseball stations around the facility. Photos and autographs will be available during the event.
Friday, January 24, 2020

All groups will be throughout the Pittsburgh area today in advance of tonight's Season Ticket Holders Night at PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, at PNC Park.

GROUP 1

Blake Cederlind, Guillermo Heredia, Bryan Reynolds, Glenn Sherlock and Don Kelly

  • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Pittsburgh Food Distribution Event -- Today, the Pirates Care-a-van will gather 2,000 stuffed backpacks at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (and deliver to the Neighborhood Resilience Project in partnership with the LaRoche College baseball team.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Point Park University -- This afternoon, Pirates players and coaches will be at Point Park University for an event that will include lunch and the distribution of Chick-fil-A sandwiches to students and a Q&A session in the university's Lawrence Hall.

GROUP 2

Nick Burdi, Will Craig, Geoff Hartlieb, Joey Cora and Mike Rabelo

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Allegheny Traditional Academy -- Pirates players and coaches from Groups Two and Three will visit with students for a special reading of "Pete the Cat: Play Ball" to two different classrooms in the school. The event is in partnership with PNC and their Grow Up Great initiative.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Duquesne University Student Union -- Join Pirates players and coaches at the Spring Involvement Expo on Duquesne University's campus. Pirates Care-a-van participants will be on-hand to meet with students, sign autographs, and take photos. In addition, the group will be treating students to lunch as Chick-fil-a sandwiches will be available for students on a first come, first served basis.

GROUP 3

Josh Bell, Sam Howard, Clay Holmes and Tarrik Brock

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Allegheny Traditional Academy -- Pirates players and coaches from Groups Three and Two will visit with students for a special reading of "Pete the Cat: Play Ball" to two different classrooms in the school. The event is in partnership with PNC and their Grow Up Great initiative.

GROUP 4

Ke'Bryan Hayes, Cody Ponce, Yacksel Rios, Justin Meccage and Oscar Marin

  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Dick's Sporting Goods, Cranberry Township -- The group will assist with a Project Bundle-Up winter clothing event, in partnership with the Salvation Army.