Players and Rays Wives Programs

Player Programs

Tuesday's Champion

Before every Tuesday home game at Tropicana Field, the Rays host a child from the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Children's Dream Fund at the ballpark as a part of a special program called "Tuesday's Champion." Tuesday's Champion, presented by RIPA & Associates, invites the kids, along with their families, to be on the field during batting practice where they can meet and interact with Rays players and coaches. They are then treated to dinner in the Rays Club before taking the field and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Along with these experiences, they are also given a personalized jersey and a bat. The children selected for the program are battling life-threatening illnesses and many come straight from the hospital for this special experience.

Home Runs for Hope

For every home run Rays infielder Brandon Lowe hits, he and his wife, Madison, will donate $100 to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. The Rays Baseball Foundation will also contribute $100 per home run in support of Lowe's "Home Runs for Hope" campaign. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay provides a range of programs and services to ensure that no one in the community has to face a crisis alone. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as the community gateway to help. People who are struggling with a variety of crisis situations including sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts and other emotional or situational problems can connect to hope and healing.

Hospital Visits

The Rays proudly partner with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and Moffitt Cancer Center to bring players, coaches and mascots several times throughout the season to raise the spirits of patients and their families.

Kiermaier's Kids

With an annual donation of $30,000 to the Children’s Dream Fund, Kevin Kiermaier , and his wife, Marisa, fulfill the dreams of several children – “Kiermaier’s Kids” – who are living with life-threatening illnesses. More Info >

Minor League Erik Walker Award

The Erik Walker Community Champion Award annually recognizes Rays minor league players who exemplify teamwork, sportsmanship and community involvement, attributes exhibited by Rays minor league pitcher Erik Walker, who died tragically in October 2006. Each player chooses a nonprofit organization to receive a donation from the Rays Baseball Foundation.

Rays Wives Programs

Throughout the baseball season, the Rays Wives plan and participate in various community events benefiting local organizations of their choice. In 2020, the Rays Wives supported the Children’s Dream Fund, Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay.

Rays on the Runway

The Rays on the Runway Fashion Show is an annual event that hosts players and coaches who are paired with their significant other or a child participating from the Children's Dream Fund, an organization that fulfills dreams for seriously ill children. The couples walk the runway and model the season's newest fashions. The event raises over $100,000 annually for the Children's Dream Fund.

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