Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres today released the 2016 All-Star Week community initiatives schedule, including local legacy projects that will be unveiled throughout the week, starting from Thursday, July 7th and lasting through Tuesday, July 12th - the day of the 87th MLB All-Star Game presented by
Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres today released the 2016 All-Star Week community initiatives schedule, including local legacy projects that will be unveiled throughout the week, starting from Thursday, July 7th and lasting through Tuesday, July 12th - the day of the 87th MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park. The schedule also includes visits by special young fans that are receiving an All-Star experience through Make-A-Wish, MLB's Breaking Barriers program and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
As a complement to the Midsummer celebration of Baseball and the San Diego Padres, the various All-Star Week events and project renovations seek to impact the lives of underserved and special needs youth, and place a focus on improving the health and well-being of local citizens. The effort includes community improvement projects designed to leave a lasting impact throughout Greater San Diego and, for the first time in All-Star history, internationally in Mexico. These include five casual and formal baseball and softball playing surfaces, including the first softball-specific All-Star Legacy project, a veterans reintegration center and support for a school for children affected by homelessness. Commissioner Rob Manfred will join Padres ownership in revealing four of the five playing surfaces refurbished as part of this effort. A variety of Padres legends will also participate in the different All-Star community projects. Scotts and Chevrolet are among the MLB sponsors supporting various elements of this All-Star community effort.
MLB and the Padres have donated approximately $5 million through MLB Charities and the Padres Foundation, a fund of the San Diego Foundation, toward these All-Star legacy projects and in support of national charitable initiatives, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer, among others. A portion of the funds will be raised from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 11th. Since 1997, MLB has donated more than $75 million in All-Star charitable contributions. In addition to the All-Star Legacy projects, a number of special All-Star and youth-related events are included among the many community-focused activities.
Below is a brief, chronological schedule of MLB All-Star Week Community & Youth Activities:
Thursday, July 7th
Friday, July 8th
Saturday, July 9th
Sunday, July 10th
Monday, July 11th
Tuesday, July 12th
MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park (July 12th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 11th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 10th), MLB All-Star FanFest at the San Diego Convention Center (July 8th-12th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the region. The 87th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.