The Tampa Bay Rays continue their tradition of shaving their heads as part of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation's "Cut for a Cure." The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Their focus is to fund research to find less toxic, more targeted therapies by partnering with leading hospitals nationwide.
Since 2014, Good Sports has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays to provide donations of new sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to youth programs serving children in need. Through this initiative, donations are made throughout the baseball season in Charlotte County during Spring Training, as well as Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties during the regular season.
The Rays proudly partner with Tampa General Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital to bring players, coaches and mascots several times throughout the season to raise the spirits of patients and their families.
During the month of January, 25 players from the Rays Minor League system train at Tropicana Field for a week. During this week, the players are brought to the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park where the players play games, do homework, and prepare an after school snack with the kids attending the local Boys & Girls Club. In the month of September, 50 Rays Minor Leaguers train at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte and these 50 players are brought to the Boys & Girls Club of Charlotte County to interact with the kids there. This teaches the players that community involvement is an important part of their baseball career and molds them to be role models for the youth in the communities in which they will play.
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." The kids, accompanied by their families, are invited 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.
Rays Wives Programs
Throughout the baseball season, the Rays Wives plan and participate in various community events benefitting local organizations of their choice.
On March 9, 2018, the Rays Wives took on the Minnesota Twins Wives in a charity softball game at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. In response to the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, the game was played for the Broward Education Foundation's Official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund. More information >
On June 7, 2018, in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, the Rays Wives participated in a children's hunger backpack program event. The Backpack Program supplies thousands of local children with bags of shelf-stable, nutritious foods to take home over the weekend and during summer vacation. These child friendly, easy-to-process meals and snacks are given to the 1 in 4 children who are at risk of going hungry on days when they are not in school. The Rays Wives stuffed 725 bags. More information >
The Rays Wives host Hope Children's Home at the ballpark for a Rays game in a suite. In addition to watching the game alongside the Rays Wives, the children are treated to additional fun, with balloon artists, face painters, and mascot visits. Founded in 1968, Hope Children's Home has rescued nearly 5,000 orphaned children between the ages of infant to 18 years of age.
On September 16, 2018, during Rays Dog Day, the Rays Wives will host a pet food drive and charity raffle, benefiting Pet Pal Animal Shelter and SPCA Tampa Bay. More information >
The signature Rays Wives event, 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. More information >
On Saturday, June 30, 2018 the Rays Wives hosted and participated in a charity spin class with 100% of the proceeds benefiting CASA St. Petersburg. CASA provides safety, empowerment and prevention programs to end domestic violence. More information >