Off the field, our players support specific causes close to their hearts!
Elvis Entourage is a program where Elvis Andrus provides tickets to home games for charities he supports such as the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas, Miracle League, Special Olympics and the Taylor Hooton Foundation. As part of this program Elvis also provided dinner, goody bags and a special meet and greet with him for the Miracle League DFW and Special Olympics.
Elvis also hosted students from River Trails Elementary in Fort Worth for a game and made a donation to the school to be used for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Explorations Starter Set and a portable sound system.
For the last several years, Elvis has hosted Special Olympics Athletes and Law Enforcement Officers for a game. As part of the pre-game ceremony these Law Enforcement Officers, Special Olympians and Elvis run the torch around the infield to bring recognition to the Special Olympics Summer Games. The Law Enforcement Torch Run has dedicated its efforts to ensure that all eligible individuals can participate in the movement. Officers carry the torch on intra-state relays, running for a common cause that brings the torch to the Opening Ceremonies of Summer Games. Elvis has also made a monetary donation each year to the Special Olympics Summer Games.
Elvis has served on the Taylor Hooton Foundation Advisory Board since 2015 participating in the All Me Ped Free campaign. Elvis hosted a group of youngsters from the Taylor Hooton Foundation for a meet and greet and Q&A with him before a Rangers home game. Elvis also made a donation to the Taylor Hooton Foundation, Richard Durrett Foundation, AIDS International and Robinson Chirinos Foundation. Elvis was awarded the Jim Sundberg Community Award in 2014 for his good works in the community.
Jeff and Karen Banister along with Texas Rangers Wives and Girlfriends hosted camps for the Miracle League DFW and Miracle League of Southlake last season. In addition, Jeff meet several youth groups throughout the season treating them for a special visit to his office pre-game as well as watching batting practice on the field and a Rangers home game.
Jeff participates in the Annual Winter Caravan each year and and also spoke at Dale Hansen's 2016 Scholar Athlete Banquet, Louisiana Tech Kick Off Baseball Banquet, Perkins/SMU Sports and Spirituality Class, Coffee with Coaches for the About Positive Coach Alliance (PCA) to name a few. Jeff was honored at the Humble Beginnings luncheon benefitting the Austin Street Center for the Homeless. Jeff also participated in the Dinner with the Rangers for the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
Adrian has donated $600,000 to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation over the last six seasons and is very supportive of the Texas Rangers RBI program in the DFW Metroplex. His financial contribution has allowed the Foundation to expand their RBI program. This year, a Fort Worth RBI program was started and teams in the Dallas RBI program increased by approximately 20.
The Foundation was also able to provide support to the RBI in Lancaster, Shreveport and Austin. This year, Adrian underwrote the indoor field at the Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy.
Adrian is involved in the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation's major fundraiser of the year, the Park Place Dealership Triple Play. Through his leadership and example, his teammates have become involved each year in this important event and largest fundraiser for the Texas Ranger Baseball Foundation. Adrian always participates in the Fielder's Feud portion of the game shows and hand selects the "rookie song" which is a hit of the evening.
Adrian is also is very supportive of his former and current teammates charitable endeavors making donations to the Robinson Chirinos Foundation to assist with back packs and school supplies and The Michael Young Family Foundation in their efforts to assist pediatric cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment. Adrian received the MLB local Roberto Clemente Award in 2013 and 2014 for his community contributions.
Robinson Chirinos and his foundation, The Robinson Chirinos Foundation partnered with Refuge Church in Fort Worth and held a back to school event in August. Robinson provided 1,000 backpacks full of necessary school supplies for elementary and middle school kids.
Robinson was joined by many of his teammates to help distribute the backpacks and sign autographs. As part of Robinson's outreach he and his family also visit senior citizen homes distributing goody bags providing a fun morning for the seniors.
Robinson also collects equipment all season to send back to Venezuela where he conducts clinics and distributes the equipment to children.
The Robinson Chirinos Foundation charitable intent is to benefit the youth and families in our communities. The mission is to provide food, clothing , equipment, sport facilities and items needed to attend school for the less fortunate; To incorporate order, discipline, moral, ethical and mentorship to impact excellence and expectation to being successful in sports, education or in anything one sets their minds to be or do without the set back of simple essentials.
In early July, Shin-Soo Choo and his family donated 1,000 tickets to members of the Korean Community and donations were made in his name to provide scholarships to two young students. Shin-Soo Choo and his wife, Mia met with the families and presented those scholarships before the game. Choo also hosted DFW Metroplex families with a Korean adopted child through Dillon International at Texas Rangers home games in the Choo's Corner.
Cole Hamels established The Hamels Foundation in 2009 to help support educational programs and projects. Cole and his wife, Heidi have personally contributed more than $5.6 million to the foundation which includes providing all administrative expenses, specific donations for several programs and projects, and an endowment of $2.5 million.
The Hamels Foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of children through the power of education by giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals. Since 2009, The Hamels Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grant funds Philadelphia area schools, has awarded almost $400,000 in grant funding to schools in Heidi's native Missouri, and $85,000 in college scholarships.
This season, the Hamels will award grants to DFW-area schools and have made a financial commitment to the new Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy. The Foundation's work extends globally to Malawi, Africa where there are over one million orphans due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic by building a primary school at a cost of 2.2 million to educate more than 650 students in the Mulanje District of Malawi.
Last season Cole Hamels hosted Operation 35, a program that brought active duty soldiers and their families from Fort Hood to four Texas Rangers home games. Cole met with the soldiers pre-game, provided them with an Operation 35 t-shirt, tickets in the All You Can Eat Section and FSSW provided transportation on the Fan Express Bus from Fort Hood and goody bags for each trip. As part of The Hamels Foundation, Cole and his wife Heidi donated funds to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to sponsor a classroom in the new Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy. Through The Hamels Foundation Cole also gave grants to two Dallas Schools; Winnetka Elementary for Physical Education Equipment and Supplies and Callejo Elementary for a new Counseling Corner.
To honor his commitment to service, the Rangers nominated Hamles for the coveted 2016 The Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Bobby and his wife, Debbie teamed up with Hawaiian Falls and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to host families who've lost a family member while serving in the military and partnered with Snowball Express, a non-profit that provides hope and opportunities to create new memories for the children of military fallen heroes who died while on active duty since 9/11. In July 2016, the families were treated to a fun day at Hawaiian Falls in Mansfield to include a meet and greet with Bobby, lunch and water activities as well as a Rangers game at the end of the Rangers season.
Texas Rangers Wives
The Texas Rangers Wives and Girlfriends stayed busy this past season with charitable endeavors. They joined forces with The Birthday Party Project and hosted families from Safe Haven Tarrant County for a pre-game dinner and Rangers game. All the youngsters received goody bags and a special visit by Rangers Captain.
Papa John's and Sportservice joined them in their efforts to feed families at the Arlington Life Shelter in July. They also made a donation to the shelter for much needed snacks for the children. In August, they hosted two fun camps at the Miracle League of Southlake and Miracle League DFW for athletes providing instruction, Papa John's pizza, Rangers t-shirts and autographs. In September they hosted a Pink Party at Cook's Children's Hospital in Fort Worth providing a spa day for youngsters. Shadow Buddies partnered with them providing Shadow Buddies dolls and a goody bag full of fun surprises and Papa John's provided pizza and Nothing But Bundt Cakes sweets. They also hosted a Mystery Ball Sale in May and joined forces with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in making a donation to the Line of Duty Fund at the Dallas Foundation. The Line of Duty Fund works closely with the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority to distribute 100% of funds to the officers and families affected by the shootings in Dallas on July 7th.
Texas Rangers Clubhouse Staff
This past season, the Texas Rangers Training Staff, Coaches and Players participated in a full day of activities for over 100 youngsters for a PLAY event at Globe Life Park. PLAY is a national public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with MLB Charities and the Taylor Hooton Foundation.
The PLAY campaign, which will host events in all 30 Major-League ballparks in 2016, educates America's young people about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. PLAY events run approximately two hours in length with participants divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations. These stations touch on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning and education about the dangers of illegal performance and appearance-enhancing drugs.
Rangers Participants were Kevin Harmon, Rangers Head Athletic Trainer; Matt Lucero, Rangers Assistant Athletic Trainer; Justin Mashore, Rangers Assistant Hitting Coach; Stephanie Fernandes, Ranger Nutritionist; Players Derek Holland and Robinson Chirinos.