Major League Baseball 2010 All-Star Summer to Celebrate Charitable Initiatives and Community
Nearly $5 Million Will Go To Community Projects in Anaheim and Around the Country
April 20, 2010 -- Major League Baseball will leave a lasting legacy in Anaheim and surrounding communities by dedicating events surrounding 2010 All-Star Summer to raising funds and awareness for charitable initiatives and celebrating the importance of community service. The initiatives, part of the ongoing “MLB Going Beyond” initiative dedicated to charity and community service, complement the celebration of history and traditions of baseball and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Through these efforts, Major League Baseball will support healthcare organizations, education programs, opportunities for young people to play baseball, highlight the importance of environmental consciousness and celebrate the community service accomplishments of everyday citizens.
Nearly $5 Million Donation to Local and National Charities
Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will donate nearly $5 million through MLB Charities and the Angels Baseball Foundation. The funds, from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day to be held Monday, July 12, will be distributed to a variety of local and national charities leaving a lasting community legacy throughout Anaheim and beyond.
MLB uses All-Star Summer events to support charitable organizations and initiatives including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Make-A-Wish, among others.
A substantial portion of the proceeds will remain in Anaheim to fund a number of worthy projects including:
· MLB and Angels All-Star Complex at Pioneer Park: Reconstruction of a youth baseball and softball field and the construction of a new Miracle League Field, which will provide opportunities for special needs children to play baseball. The fields will be cared for by Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball.
· Rebuilding Together: Refurbishment of a Santa Ana home that will be used as a temporary housing facility and meeting center providing comprehensive care for homeless and at-risk Orange County veterans through the Veterans First program. In addition, Bank of America is supporting the project with funding and volunteers.
· Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club: Transformation of the existing play area into a youth baseball and softball field for the Angels RBI League as well as the construction of an ‘interactive’ garden for the children to learn and participate in a common educational greening effort.
· Angels RBI League: Growth of the Angels' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) League and creation of the new Angels Jr. RBI Program, which will launch in the fall of 2010 and serve youth from 16 Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County chapters.
· Angels Scholars: Support of 25 deserving eighth-graders who will receive college scholarships as part of the Angels Scholars program, created in 2006 for Orange County public middle school students. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, financial need and enrollment in the college preparatory program AVID.
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County: Assistance in growing the number of children the agency serves, currently at 1,800, from 34 cities within the Orange County region. The mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that have measurable impact. There are over 125,000 children in Orange County who live in single parent homes; one-quarter of these children live in poverty.
· Orangewood Children’s Home: Support of the Home’s vision of providing a refuge for Orange County’s abused, neglected and abandoned children, with a focus on the ongoing needs of these children with programs designed to break the generational cycle of abuse and help children thrive.
· Amateur Baseball Development Group: Revival of baseball leagues, improvement of facilities, sponsorship of youth clinics and high school and Collegiate All Star-Games through this organization, the only one of its kind in southern California. Mike Scioscia and Angels players participate in the programming.
· Special Olympics Southern California: Funding of sports training and competition for over 2,000 Orange County children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
· Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Drug development efforts to make a profound difference in the lives of children and adults living with Cystic Fibrosis and support of the recently established Cystic Fibrosis Patient Assistance Foundation, which addresses the rising cost of treatment and care for lower income families.
PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us
Major League Baseball and PEOPLE Magazine have once again teamed up on a national campaign, “All-Stars Among Us,” that will recognize individuals who have served their communities in extraordinary ways. Fans can log onto PeopleAllStars.com from April 20 – May 14 to submit their nominations for the “All-Stars” in their communities. Thirty winners will be selected – one representing each of the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs – and each winner will participate in the 81st MLB All-Star Week festivities. One winning “All-Star Among Us” will be featured in PEOPLE Magazine the week of the Midsummer Classic.
All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run Presented by Nike
The All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Nike will take place on Sunday, July 11, and MLB will donate all net proceeds from the event to four charities supporting cancer research and education – Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and City of Hope. Participants will run and walk on a baseball-themed course featuring appearances by MLB legends, mascots and celebrity guests. The course will begin outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and host of the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, and travel through the surrounding neighborhood. The course will take participants through the ballpark where they will take the final stretch of the race on the warning track, giving fans a glimpse of the Big A in advance of the 2010 All-Star Game.
2010 All-Star Summer will build on the continued commitment to the environment by Major League Baseball and partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) by incorporating a wide variety of environmentally-sensitive efforts, including: hosting “greening” activities in the greater Anaheim community Raising awareness about the importance of “going green” via public service announcements in-stadium and environmental education materials online (mlbgobeyond.com) Prioritizing recycling at events throughout All-Star Week
About the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game: The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 13 in Anaheim and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on Sunday, July 11 featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 12 featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Nike, a charity run/walk on a baseball-themed route to benefit four cancer organizations; and the MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy on MLB Network, a free parade of All-Stars through the streets of Anaheim. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2010 All-Star Summer, visit www.AllStarGame.com.
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