MIAMI – In the Miami Marlins on-going efforts to embrace, encourage and promote diversity and equality, the organization in conjunction with the Miami Marlins Foundation will impact local youth at four Slugger Schoolhouses, the organization’s local partner schools, in celebration of Black History Month.
Throughout the month of February, the Marlins will spotlight the lives of civil rights leaders who promoted equality in four virtual educational activities with students at these local schools. Marlins coaches and prospects will join the students at each event, leading an engaging discussion that will also reflect on the importance of the historical figures and their impact on our society today.
Additionally, the Miami Marlins Foundation will host weekly food distributions with Feeding South Florida in the Liberty City and Little Havana communities for local families as part of the club’s ongoing efforts to battle food insecurity. At each distribution, families will also receive a Black History Month pamphlet, highlighting the importance of the month and several influential individuals.
Last month, the Marlins hosted a Day of Service in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to honor his life and legacy. Volunteers from the organization headed out to the community for food distributions in Liberty City at Gwen Cherry Park and Lenora B. Smith Elementary, and also led a virtual education lesson for students at Lenora B. Smith Elementary. Marlins Alumnus Charles Johnson joined the virtual lesson to speak with the students.
Alongside the community efforts on the Marlins MLK Day of Service, the organization announced the Miami Marlins Foundation 5000 Role Models of Excellence First-Generation Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will award two annual scholarships in perpetuity to one junior and one senior student at Florida International University, who also are alumni of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. The scholarships will annually total approximately $4,500 combined.
The Marlins will host their annual South Florida Black Legacy Celebration at loanDepot park in June, an initiative that began in 2020, and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier with events planned around April 15. More information to come on both events.
For more information on the Marlins Impact across the South Florida community, please visit MarlinsImpact.org.