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).
The Buses for Baseball program gives underprivileged kids throughout the United States and Canada the chance to attend Major League baseball games and meet the players. The Players Trust (MLBPA) partners with local transit authorities and Major League teams, as well as charitable organizations in all Major League cities, to share the thrill of a big league game with kids who need more chances to smile.
At each ballpark, kids are welcomed by players who spend time signing autographs, giving away souvenirs and posing for photographs. Complimentary food and soft drinks during the game - and often the chance to see their own faces on the scoreboard - provide lasting memories before the bus heads home.
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.
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 26,500 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. Over 3,000 hours of community service were recorded throughout the Pirates organization in 2017 alone.
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 10th annual PCCP award winners (2017) are:
- Chris Bostick, Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
- Jonathan Schwind, Altoona Curve (AA)
- Brett Helton and Daniel Zamora, Bradenton Marauders (High-A)
- Eduardo Vera, West Virginia Power (Low-A)
- Shane Kemp, West Virginia Black Bears (Short Season-A)
- Evan Piechota, Bristol Pirates (Rookie League)
- Vince Deyzel, Gulf Coast League Pirates (Rookie League)
- Ivan Rosario, Dominican Summer League Pirates
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence asked Pirates players to join them in saying "no more" to gender violence in Western Pennsylvania. Nine players loaned their time and their support to the campaign via public service announcements and billboard messages.
In addition, on October 20, 2016, the Pirate front office staff visited the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh alongside UPS, the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and the Center for Victims to help stuff kits for domestic violence shelters. Kits included items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes, and dental floss that Pirate wives collected. Local domestic violence organizations were on hand with resources tables for guests to learn about programs, services, and resources available in the region. The event was part of the YWCA's Week Without Violence, which raises awareness about the devastating effects of domestic violence.
In October, the Pittsburgh Pirates received a 2016 Standing Firm Employer Award, for recognition of superior integration of business practices addressing partner violence.
In 2017, 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 Friday, May 5, 2017. Before the game a program was held in the Pirates Press Conference Room to recognize the 50 scholarship recipients. All attendees enjoyed a ballpark buffet on the Miller Lite Rooftop following. 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.
The Pirates once again hosted Miracle League Fantasy Camps in 2017 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 evemts.
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 the Miracle League Fantasy Camps in Murrysville, 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 eighth 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.
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.
The Pirates hosted their seventh annual Pitch for Hope Women's Baseball Clinic on Sunday, April 23, 2017. 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.
The Pirates hosted two 65 Roses Club nights at PNC Park during the 2017 baseball season. The events benefitted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and took place before each 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 private receptions. After the receptions, 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 Cheyenne Warriner at (412) 321-4422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.