The 2019 Pirates CARE-a-van took place from Wednesday, January 23 through Friday, January 25, participating in community events over three days leading up to the 2019 PiratesFest, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, at PNC Park.
The CARE-a-van hosted nearly 30 events impacting 11 cities in the greater Pittsburgh area, including stops in Erie, PA, Altoona, PA - home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve; Morgantown, WV - home of the Pirates Single-A affiliate the West Virginia Black Bears; Youngstown, OH, and many other locations.
CARE-a-van events included a meal delivery to all six Pittsburgh Police Zone Stations on Friday, as the CARE-a-van travelling party was joined by Pirates executives and front office employees as they brought lunch to our city's law enforcement officers. Other CARE-a-van events included visits to schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and several non-profit, community-based organizations.
Pirates players and prospects who took part included Josh Bell, Steven Brault, J.T. Brubaker, Jung Ho Kang, Kevin Kramer, Nick Kingham, Jesus Liranzo, Jason Martin, Kevin Newman and Cole Tucker.
In addition to players, Pirates coaches Heberto Andrade, Kimera Bartee, Joey Cora, Jacob Cruz, Justin Meccage, Tom Prince and Euclides Rojas took part in the three-day event. The players and coaches were divided into three separate traveling groups.
The annual Winter CARE-a-van was presented by the Pirates in partnership with Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the organization.
Pirates players and coaches visit nearly 30 community events throughout the area as part of the 2019 Pirates CARE-a-van.