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Cannon Ballers help local community progress

Kannapolis hosts second annual MLK Dream Day celebration
January 14, 2023

To get from the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta to the home of the Cannon Ballers in Kannapolis, North Carolina, you’ll spend most of the four-hour drive on I-85. About 30 minutes past Charlotte, take exit 58 and follow signs for downtown Kannapolis. Then, appropriately, you’ll

MiLB clubs help local communities for holidays

Fitzgerald joins WooSox caravan after winning service award
January 3, 2023

Part of the charm of Minor League Baseball is how closely tied its 120 clubs are to their local communities. And despite being months removed from the baseball schedule, many teams and their front offices maintain those bonds with events throughout the holiday season. From organizing toy drives to providing

Missions pitch in to support Uvalde community

Game-worn high school jerseys auctioned for families of tragedy
June 17, 2022

Last month's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers shook the United States to its core. Yet a byproduct of evil inevitably leads to an outpouring of love, support and kindness -- all needed to begin the healing. Sports,

Spokane, Air Force base arrange unique partnership

High-A club aids veterans, community with ‘Operation Fly Together’
October 25, 2021

It’s an important and common practice for Minor League clubs to contribute to the communities they call home. High-A Spokane decided its philanthropic efforts were better accomplished in partnership with other community leadership. In 2017, the club joined forces with the City of Spokane for the "Redband Rally" campaign, which

Quakes executive, family try out new game

Pope finds appearing on NBC show to be a lot like workplace
August 17, 2021

It was a dream come true. Chris Pope, an executive for the Low-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, has been a fan of game shows his entire life. So when a casting company reached out to him at work about potentially participating on a new show with a team of four family

Chihuahuas and Whataburger Team Up to Host Food Drive for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank

The food drive will take place during the Chihuahuas series versus Reno, August 12-15
August 12, 2021

EL PASO – August 12, 2021 – The El Paso Chihuahuas and Whataburger are teaming up to host a food drive at Southwest University Park, August 12-15, when the Chihuahuas take on the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate) with proceeds benefiting the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. Whataburger will

Dragons to Recognize "Community All-Stars" Recipient During Game On July 9

July 8, 2021

Dayton, Ohio — The Dayton Dragons will recognize CareSource and the CareSource Foundation as a “Community All-Stars” recipient during a special inning break of the Dragons game on Friday, July 9th against the West Michigan Whitecaps at Day Air Ballpark. The game will start at 7:05 p.m. The Dragons Community

Two-Year-Old Harper Gifford to Celebrate "Home Run For Life"

Stay in INTEGRIS Children’s NICU provide life-saving care and developed long-lasting friendships for Gifford family
June 10, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Dodgers and INTEGRIS Health continue the “Home Run For Life” series Saturday by honoring two-year-old Harper Gifford, of Elk City, Okla., during the Dodgers’ 7:05 p.m. game against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Born at just 24 weeks and weighing barely

BlueClaws Home Run Barrage Nets $26,000 for Charity

June 8, 2021

JERSEY SHORE, NJ - The BlueClaws home run barrage last week brought $26,000 to military-based non-profit organizations from OceanFirst Foundation through the Home Runs for Heroes program.

Aces to Host “Home Run for Life” Ceremony on May 28

May 28, 2021

RENO, Nev. – The Reno Aces will host their first Saint Mary’s “Home Run for Life” ceremony of 2021, featuring Amanda Petch, a cervical cancer survivor,on Friday, May 28 when the Aces take on the Tacoma Rainiers at 6:35 p.m. PT at Greater Nevada Field. Since 2014, the Aces and

Non-profit organizations invited to fundraise by operating 121 Financial Ballpark concessions

Groups can contribute to exceptional fan experience while fundraising
May 17, 2021

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are inviting non-profit organizations to help contribute to the exceptional 121 Financial Ballpark fan experience while fundraising through operation of the ballpark’s concession stands and other portable ballpark food areas. The Jumbo Shrimp’s concession fundraising program helps make a difference while also supporting

Local Medical Professionals Impacted by COVID-19 Celebrate "Home Run For Life"

INTEGRIS Health employees Joe Alesch, Jennifer Carmen and Charles Maines to be honored at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark after suffering personal and professional hardships during pandemic
May 12, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY – The “Home Run For Life” series returns for its 10th season in 2021 as the Oklahoma City Dodgers and INTEGRIS Health partner to recognize three central Oklahoma medical professionals who have been significantly impacted personally and professionally by the COVID-19 pandemic. INTEGRIS Health employees Joe Alesch, Jennifer

Hartford Yard Goats host ballpark vaccinations

Dunkin' Donuts Park pressed into service as COVID prevention site
February 9, 2021

Throughout this extended offseason of 2020-21, Minor League ballparks continually have been utilized for civic-minded purposes. Representative initiatives thus far have included naturalization ceremonies, early voting and COVID-19 testing. On Saturday, the Hartford Yard Goats achieved a significant Minor League Baseball first in this regard, as their home of Dunkin'

Greene dials up the heat to help less fortunate

No. 2 Reds prospect has taken his philanthropy to another level
January 26, 2021

The passion Hunter Greene has for philanthropy dates back as far as his love for the game he plays for a living -- a simple truth that raises an interesting question. Which is more impressive: his ability to spot a 100-mph fastball on the black or the cognizance he has

Chihuahuas help local food bank achieve its mission 

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger among CommUNITY grant recipients
August 28, 2020

The El Paso Chihuahuas have partnered with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger for as long as the team has been an existence, establishing ties with the nearby food bank during the team's inaugural season of 2014. From hosting staff volunteer events to conducting food drives at the ballpark, the Chihuahuas have

Knights help Charlotte youth lead the way

Nonprofit selected as one of five CommUNITY grant recipients
August 27, 2020

For Charlotte's Megan Smithers, nominating an organization for Minor League Baseball's CommUNITY grant program was a no-brainer, given the team's relationship with and appreciation for the Young Black Leadership Alliance.

RiverDogs, area nonprofit give Charleston Hope

MiLB CommUNITY grant will benefit efforts at Title 1 schools
August 26, 2020

Chris Singleton had a good feeling after he submitted Charleston Hope as a possible recipient of one of Minor League Baseball’s five CommUNITY grants. So the Charleston RiverDogs’ director of community outreach texted Emily Kerr, Charleston Hope’s founder and executive director, to pass along that the nonprofit had a strong

Barons advocate for local nonprofit helping Latinos

¡HICA! among well-deserving winners for MiLB CommUNITY grant
August 25, 2020

Adjusting to a new country and language can be rough, even in normal times. Add a worldwide pandemic to the mix and those challenges become more difficult. Enter Hannah Echols, marketing and promotions coordinator for the Birmingham Barons, who knew exactly the group she wanted to nominate for Minor League

Dreams Go On for worthy cause close to Curve

Local nonprofit among five MiLB CommUNITY grant recipients
August 24, 2020

It didn’t take long for Altoona's Annie Choiniere to decide which organization she wanted to nominate for Minor League Baseball's CommUNITY grant program. It was Dreams Go On, and for excellent reason.

MiLB, Big Brothers Big Sisters commit to future with Rising Star Students Program

August 12, 2020

The transition from high school to college is often one of life’s greatest adjustments, marking the first time away from home for many students. College can also be financially burdensome for some, making it a challenge to pay for their education. Since 2016, Minor League Baseball (MiLB™) and MiLB Charities

Waful left lasting impression in Central New York

Lifelong Syracuse resident, former team president was a local icon
July 29, 2020

It was a life well lived and one that touched tens of thousands in the Syracuse area. When Don Waful died last September at the age of 103, he left a legacy of charity, friendship and charm that will far supersede his century on this Earth. Born in Newark, New

Chihuahuas lend helping hand to El Paso nonprofits

With new program, team, staff find way to give back to community
July 22, 2020

Brad Taylor was not worried about a lack of responsiveness when he asked his fellow El Paso Chihuahuas employees to volunteer for the community during this pandemic. No, he knew that they were hankering to pitch in however they could. "They jumped at the opportunity to help and realized it

CommUNITY First prioritizes feeding the hungry

National campaign enables MiLB teams to contribute locally
June 24, 2020

Baseball may place more emphasis on individual performance than any other team sport, but people who work in the game know the difference a group effort can make. Case in point: when Katie Batista saw an opportunity for the Greenville Drive to do some good through Minor League's Baseball CommUNITY

STOUFFER’S joins MiLB in honoring local heroes

June 15, 2020

Building off the successful launch and execution of MiLB CommUNITY First, a national initiative developed in conjunction with Feeding America to raise funds for local food banks and to honor individuals risking lives on the front lines of the current coronavirus pandemic, Minor League Baseball and STOUFFER’S announced a continuation

Volcanoes to honor Sprague Little League Sept. 2

With Special Promo Offers for Kids and Adults.
September 1, 2019

KEIZER - It seems only fitting as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes get ready to start the South Division playoffs that the team is honoring the Sprague Little League team recently home from the 2019 Little League World Series.