Just as the 2019 season was getting underway, Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson and his wife Beth Anne set out to help those living with autism by launching the Assists for Autism campaign. Proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization whose goal is to increase the understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder and to advance research into its causes and better interventions.
On April 13, Pirates Charities joined LiveLikeLou -- a fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation -- and the Continental Building Co. for the dedication, opening ceremonies and first game at the new LiveLikeLou Field, located at Emmerling Community Park in nearby Cheswick, PA. The three organizations teamed up to assist the Fox Chapel Baseball and Softball Association with much-needed renovations at the facility.
Pirates Charities hosted a free dental and vision screening clinic at PNC Park on May 1 for children from the Pittsburgh Public Schools and Propel Schools based on the North Side. More than 200 youngsters participated as the ballpark's Pittsburgh Baseball Club level was transformed into a large dentist and eye doctor's office.
As part of the Shred Hate program, Pirates Charities, ESPN and No Bully launched an effort known as Choose Kindness within 23 Pittsburgh Public Schools this year. The initiative was designed to identify, celebrate and incentivize upstander students who intervene on behalf of someone that is being attacked or bullied.
Pirates Tales is a summer reading program the team promotes in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Library Association. It encourages kids to read at least one book a week in order to retain what they've learned and keep their skills sharp when school isn't in session.