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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 18, 2019, serving five different communities throughout the city of Pittsburgh:

Allegheny Intermediate Unit Latino Family Center
During the visit, the participants had an opportunity to mix-and-mingle with Pirates players and coaches while enjoying authentic Spanish cuisine prepared at the center. In addition, Pirates players, coaches and guests played a game of baseball during the visit. Pirates Charities also donated needed supplies to the Latino Family Center's food pantry. Food ws donated with the assistance of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. AIU Latino Family Center supports and assists Latino families with the necessary tools and resources they need to strengthen the family unit and raise healthy and happy children.

Summer Slugger School Assembly at Center Elementary School
Pirates players and coaches visited Center Elementary School in Plum for a morning Summer Slugger Assembly that included games and a special player Q&A. Summer Slugger is an online summer learning loss program sponsored by Major League Baseball and Pirates Charities. The 18-week program, targeted to 4th and 5th graders, encourages students to keep up with math and literacy skills throughout the summer to help reinforce critical skills and prepare them for the next year of school. Twenty-seven schools participated in the program in 2019, and over 1,400 students used the program over the summer. Center Elementary School was one of the most engaged users.

Good Sports Equipment Distribution
Pirates pitcher Chris Archer visited with kids at the Westinghouse Academy for a special equipment distribution event. The ongoing partnership between Pirates Charities and Good Sports will bring more than $13,000 in brand new sports equipment to Westinghouse Academy, with assistance from Archer. The donated gear includes items such as baseball and softball bats, gloves, helmets, and catcher's gear for the players. The event included the distribution of equipment and a special Q&A with Archer.

Operation Troop Appreciation Packing Event
Pirates players and coaches visited Operation Troop Appreciation's warehouse in West Mifflin to help with the assembly of Veterans Care Kits that were handed out at various Stand Down events in Pittsburgh, Beaver, and Butler. Kits included socks, shower shoes, hygiene bags, in addition to bags and winter items provided by Pirates Charities. Operation Troop Appreciation is a local nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the active and veteran members of our Armed Forces who serve and sacrifice for our country.

Clemente Museum
Pirates players and coaches were joined by students from Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK- 5 as the group received a tour of the Roberto Clemente Museum alongside Pirates players, followed by a Q&A with the players emceed by a Pirates broadcaster. The players then joined the students for lunch and handed out gift bags. Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-5 is a neighborhood school located in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville community with a diverse population that provides an academic environment that focuses on developing the whole child.

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 12th annual PCCP award winners (2019) are:

  • Hunter Owen, Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
  • Bligh Madris, Altoona Curve (AA)
  • Joe Jacques, Bradenton Marauders (High-A)
  • Will Gardner, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Low-A)
  • Jesus Valles, West Virginia Black Bears (Short Season-A)
  • Santiago Florez, Bristol Pirates (Rookie League)
  • Tilsaimy Melfor, Gulf Coast League Pirates (Rookie League)
  • Valentin Linares and Randy Romero, 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 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.

The annual Winter CARE-a-van was presented by the Pirates in partnership with Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the organization.

Pitch for Hope Women's Baseball Clinic

The Pirates hosted their eighth annual Pitch for Hope Women's Baseball Clinic on Sunday, September 8, 2019. 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.