Big Brothers Big Sisters Employee Mentors
As part of the Rays partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, each year, Rays employees volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister and mentor a student at Campbell Park Elementary School which is located next to Tropicana Field. In addition to providing guidance and companionship through weekly mentoring, the Bigs also bring their Littles to a Rays game during the season.
Employee Community Outreach Team
The Rays Employee Community Outreach Team (ECOT) was established in April 2008 to provide invaluable, volunteer hours to community service agencies that enhance or improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. Service projects are chosen from ideas suggested by employees. Volunteering not only benefits the community and the Rays organization, but can provide employees with opportunities to improve leadership skills and explore new areas of interest while working alongside fellow colleagues from other departments.
Habitat for Humanity
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, to date, the Tampa Bay Rays have funded and built two homes for deserving families in Pinellas County. Rays employees provided over 1,000 volunteer hours on each of the construction sites. For Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, the first Rays-sponsored home marked the first time in the nonprofit's 30-year history that a corporate funding partner also provided more than 90 percent of the manpower hours required to build the home.
KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. The Tampa Bay Rays mission is to energize our community through the magic of Rays baseball. Through this partnership with KaBOOM!, the Rays ensure children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Rays support KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child's right to active play at home, school, and in the community. The Rays, in partnership with KaBOOM! have completed five projects for the following organizations: CASA, Layla's House, James B. Sanderlin Family Center, YMCA Camp Christina and Team Success.
Meals on Wheels
Since 2006, one day per week, Rays employees deliver meals to homebound seniors in St. Petersburg. The deliveries provide seniors with not only a nutritious, balanced meal that they would otherwise not have access to, but also conversation and companionship.
Ronald McDonald House
Throughout the year, Rays employees visit the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg to provide the families of patients at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital a home cooked meal. Rays employees purchase the food, then cook and serve the meal, while socializing with the families.
- 4-ALS - In recognition of Lou Gehrig's "Luckiest Man Alive Speech", Major League Baseball and all 30 Clubs join together for "4-ALS", raising awareness and support for the fight against ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). The Rays partner with the ALS Association Florida Chapter to bring awareness to fans about the disease through a fundraiser during Rays Fan Fest as well as a night at the ballpark every summer.
- Breaking Barriers - "Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life" is a baseball themed program that gives kids strategies to overcome obstacles in their lives. The curriculum is based on the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson. The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, which encourages children to write about barriers they have faced or are still facing in their lives and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson to deal with those barriers. Each year, Major League Baseball designates April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day, celebrating and paying homage to the Hall of Famer who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.
- Childhood Cancer Awareness Day - Major League Baseball dedicates a special Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at all ballparks each September as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In partnership with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), Major League Baseball and its Clubs raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer by having all Major League players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew members wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands. Through this effort, the Tampa Bay Rays partner with local hospitals and organizations focused on pediatric cancer to raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.
- Commissioner's Community Initiative - Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) will again offer to all 30 Clubs and the players a ticketing program that is designed to support our collective goal of providing tickets to children and children's charities, deserving groups supported by the MLBPA, public servants and community and civic groups who might not otherwise have a chance to attend a Major League Baseball game. Learn More
- Father's Day - Each year the Rays partner with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to raise awareness for prostate cancer as well as promote the importance of males visiting their doctors and asking the right questions. Prior to the Rays game on Father's Day, one of the area's top fundraisers for the Prostate Cancer Foundation throws out the ceremonial first pitch. The Rays feature a unique blue line up card during the game. Managers, coaches, umpires and other team personnel wear blue wristbands and blue uniform decals in support of the cause. All of the game-used items are auctioned off to benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation.
- Mother's Day - Every year on Mother's Day in ballparks across the country, MLB players wear and use pink equipment to raise awareness for breast cancer. After each game, all of the game-used items are auctioned off to benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation. Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure once again hosted the Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize inspirational MLB fans that have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause. The program was developed to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer® initiative, a joint partnership between MLB, its licensed partners and Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, taking place on Mother's Day.
- Roberto Clemente Day - Each year in the month of September, Major League Baseball celebrates Roberto Clemente Day. The Rays celebrate Roberto Clemente Day as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, to honor the life and career of Roberto Clemente. Additionally, each year, every Major League Baseball team nominates a player for the annual Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award nominees are the players from each club who best represent the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
- UMPS CARE - BLUE Crew Tickets is a ticket program through Major League Baseball umpires' UMPS CARE Charities. The program offers memorable baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption and kids in youth mentoring programs. The BLUE Crew Tickets experience at Tropicana Field includes complimentary game tickets, an on-field meet-and-greet with photo opportunities, a game ball, and Rays memorabilia.