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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.