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EVENTS AND INITIATIVES

Action Math Baseball

Action Math Baseball is an integrated math program for students in grades 4-8. Students learn mathematics skills through baseball statistics in a way that is fun and engaging, and use statistics from current Pirates Players, as well as player cards they create, to compete against one another in simulated baseball games. The program promotes higher order science, technology, engineering and math skills (STEM).

Clemente Day

To celebrate the life and legacy of Roberto Clemente, the Pirates packed five CARE-a-vans with players, coaches, alumni and the Clemente Family, and spent the morning of September 6, 2017, serving five different communities throughout the city of Pittsburgh - Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) Latino Family Center, Light of Life Rescue Mission, VA Hospital, Westinghouse High School and Dick's Sporting Goods Shopping Event.

Chick-fil-A School Assemblies

The Pirates and Chick-fil-A have teamed up to educate young students in the Pittsburgh region on the benefits of exercise and eating healthy! Pirates In-Game Host Joe Klimchak, along with the Pirate Parrot and Chick-fil-A Cow, lead an entertaining and informative hour-long assembly aimed at helping area elementary and middle school students feel their best every day.

Community Commitment Program

The Pirates Community Commitment Program (PCCP) is an organization-wide initiative for Pirates Minor League players that promotes community service and awareness, and provides benefits to the community, the individual player and the Pirates organization. The PCCP encourages players throughout the Pirates system to emulate Roberto Clemente's legacy of community service.

More than 28,000 hours of community service have been performed by Pirates players throughout the organization since the program was implemented in 2008. Each player has completed a minimum of 10 hours of community service in their respective affiliate's community during the season.

Near the conclusion of each Minor League team's regular season, each club selects one player from their organization to receive the "Pirates Community Commitment Award." Honorees then travel to Pittsburgh, where they are recognized in a special pregame, on-field ceremony held at PNC Park on Clemente Day. The PCCP award recipients are quality individuals on and off the field, who have completed countless hours of community service and demonstrated leadership of community involvement among teammates.

The 11th annual PCCP award winners (2018) are:

  • Ryan Lavarnway, Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  • Brett Helton, Altoona Curve (AA)
  • James Marvel, Bradenton Marauders (High-A)
  • Ryan Peurifoy, West Virginia Power (Low-A)
  • Mike LoPresti, West Virginia Black Bears (Short Season-A)
  • Francisco Mepris, Bristol Pirates (Rookie League)
  • John Lantigua, Gulf Coast League Pirates (Rookie League)
  • Mariano Dotel and Jesus Valles, Dominican Summer League Pirates
Make-A-Wish Foundation Scholarship

In 2018, Pirates Charities partnered once again with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia to support the organization's annual "Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship for Wish Children" program, which was created in 1998 to help motivate wish children to pursue their post-high school educational ambitions.

In addition to financial support, Pirates Charities hosted a group of scholarship recipients and their families and friends to a night at the ballpark on May 25, 2018. Before the game a program was held in the Pirates Press Conference Room to recognize the 34 scholarship recipients. All attendees enjoyed a ballpark buffet at PNC Park's Picnic Park afterward. The scholarship recipients who attended the event then proceeded to the field where they were recognized for their accomplishments prior to the game. Make-A-Wish President/CEO Judi Stone and Development Coordinator Samara Silverstein also joined the group on the field.

Miracle League Fantasy Camps

The Pirates once again hosted Miracle League Fantasy Camps in 2018 for children and adults with special needs. Pirates players, coaches, alumni and front office executives helped conduct the camps. The Pirate Parrot and Pirates Pierogies also were in attendance at several of the events.

The purpose of the Miracle League Fantasy Camps is to provide children and adults with special needs the opportunity to learn and play the game of baseball, while providing a similar experience to Major League Baseball camps and clinics. This season, children and adults attended Miracle League Fantasy Camps in Altoona-PA, Cranberry -PA, and Morgantown-WV. A Fantasy Camp was also held at the Miracle League of Manasota, which serves the residents of Manatee and Sarasota Counties near the Pirates Spring Training home of Bradenton, FL.

At these camps, both children and adults took part in five activity stations, led by Pirates celebrities, that taught hitting, throwing, baserunning and catching skills. Each child and adult also received a personalized Pirates jersey and was treated to a delicious lunch.

The events were sponsored by Pirates Charities and Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids. Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids is an organization, founded by Denver resident Jeremy Flug, which provides funding for Miracle League Fantasy Camps for kids throughout the United States. This is the ninth year that Pirates Charities has worked with Mr. Flug. Pirates Charities would like to thank Jeremy Flug, Joe Knetzer and the whole Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids organization for their tremendous dedication to improving the lives of children and adults with special needs.

For more information on the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids organization, please visit www.baseballfantasycampforkids.com.

Pirates Charities CARE-a-van

The 2017 Pirates Charities CARE-a-van, presented by Highmark, took place from December 6-8, taking part in private community events leading up to the 2017 PiratesFest at PNC Park, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh.

The CARE-a-van hosted a total of 19 events impacting nine 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, Wheeling, WV and more.

Pitch for Hope Women's Baseball Clinic

The Pirates hosted their eighth annual Pitch for Hope Women's Baseball Clinic on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Women ages 14 and older learned hitting, pitching, fielding and more from the Pirates coaching staff during this unique on-field event. After the clinic, participants and their guests enjoyed a private brunch in the Picnic Park hospitality space of PNC Park.

Proceeds benefit A Glimmer of Hope Foundation. "The Symbol of the Cure" is widely recognized in the Pittsburgh Area. For more than 20 years, the foundation has been dedicated to raising funds to further breast cancer research and purchasing innovative imaging equipment.

65 Roses Club

The Pirates hosted a 65 Roses Club night at PNC Park during the 2018 baseball season. The event benefitted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and took place before the game.

The 65 Roses Club is a group of Pirates fans who have joined together to raise funds to fight cystic fibrosis. By making a pledge to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for every home run the Pirates hit, these fans have the opportunity to meet Pirates celebrities at a private reception. After the reception, everyone can enjoy the game to cheer on the Bucs.

The club gets its name from the way a child often learns to say "cystic fibrosis," which sounds like "sixty-five roses." It is a national sports program supported by teams in all areas of athletics, including baseball, football, basketball, hockey and soccer, to help raise funds to fight cystic fibrosis.

For complete information about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the 65 Roses Club, contact Laura Rauch at lrauch@cff.org.

UMPS CARE Charities

The Pittsburgh Pirates partner with Major League Baseball umpires to offer memorable baseball game experiences for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth in mentoring programs.

Children receive a VIP experience including great seats to see the Pirates at PNC Park, a goody bag of 'all things baseball', and the unique opportunity to step onto the field for a souvenir baseball and photo.

UMPS CARE Charities, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by Major League Baseball umpires, created the BLUE Crew Tickets program to share the gift of baseball with children and strengthen relationships between children and the adults who aim to make a difference in their lives.

More than 4,000 guests have participated in BLUE Crew Tickets since 2006. Learn more at www.UmpsCare.com.