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The Power of Mentorship

Ever wonder what Marlins staff is up to when the team is on the road? Well, the Marlins Ayudan School Partnership Program keeps them all pretty busy.

Yesterday morning, Blue Shirts led a Marlins Ayudan Mentorship Program session for students in Ms. Jordan’s class at Citrus Grove Middle School. Students and Blue Shirts discussed topics based on Jackie Robinson’s Nine Values: Teamwork, Persistence, Integrity, Citizenship, Justice, Commitment, Excellence, Determination and Courage. This session dove into the value of Courage, primarily the courage it takes to know oneself, to get to know others in the peer group, and to be confident in who they are as people.


Meanwhile, Blue Shirts were leading a Career Workshop Series at Marlins Park. This session, titled the “Senior Seminar,” was the fourth of six sessions to take place this semester. First, students from Booker T. Washington, Miami Senior High School, and S.L.A.M. heard presentations given by Marlins employees from our sales, information technology and human resources departments.

The second half of the session was a resume workshop. Students brought  their resumes to be critiqued by Blue Shirts. They were given examples of good and bad resumes and a helpful list of buzzwords to spruce up their own. Students who had the best resume from each table presented it in front of the group and shared what they had learned.



Later that afternoon, Blue Shirts led weekly literacy tutoring sessions and read to students at both Lenora B. Smith Elementary and Citrus Grove Elementary Schools.


In all, Blue Shirts were represented at five of seven MASPP schools. For many, yesterday was just another typical Thursday — but for the Blue Shirts, it was an exciting and impactful day that touched many students lives.

Going “Over the Edge”

Recently, a member from our Marlins front office participated in a very unique fundraising opportunity. Beth McConville, Executive Assistant to CEO, President & Vice Chairman, was approached by a friend about joining an effort to raise money for Gilda’s Club South Florida – a local chapter of Gilda’s Club that provides support to those touched by cancer.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented by Gilda’s Club was executed by an organization called “Over the Edge.” “Over the Edge is a special events company that provides signature events for non-profit organizations around the world. Participants are invited to raise funds in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of going over the edge of a local building.”

Here’s an excerpt from Beth’s experience.

Last Saturday, I participated in an amazing event called “Over the Edge” for Gilda’s Club. We raised over $115,000 for this very worthy cause. I have several friends battling cancer right now, so this event really inspired me! I am so looking forward to participating again next year and raising even more money!!

Beth Over the Edge

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Click here to learn more about how you can support Gilda’s Club and find out how you can go Over the Edge.

30 Ballparks in 30 Days

Baseball fan, Eric Mueller, is on a mission to visit 30 baseball parks across the US in 30 days, a promotion to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Mueller, who is turning 50, lost his father, Jan, to Leukemia 16 years ago and plans to donate 100% of the proceeds to the LLS. Last night, he attended a Miami Marlins game and, so far, has visited 25 MLB parks with 5 more to go. Mueller has raised $7,632.80 so far (his goal is $10,000) and is heading next to Tampa to visit the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Donations can be made to LLS through Mueller’s web site, or his Facebook page at:

See the link below for an interview with Eric Mueller that aired during last night’s Marlins game.

Eric Mueller is visiting 30 MLB parks in 30 days to raise awareness for LLS.

Each year, in communities all across the United States and Canada, teams of families, friends, coworkers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for LLS Light The Night® Walk events, which bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. Walk activities include food and activities for children and families, a Remembrance Ceremony for loved ones lost to cancer and the Walk itself followed by fireworks, dessert and dancing.

The 2013 Miami-Dade Light The Night® Walk will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The 2013 Broward Light The Night® Walk will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 5-8pm at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale. To register for the Miami or Fort Lauderdale Walks, visit

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. To date, LLS has invested more than $875 million in research targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. For more info, visit

An Adventure-Filled Day at Jungle Island

This past Wednesday, Marlins Ayudan and Jungle Island partnered to provide a group of 30 campers from the Boys and Girls Hank Kline Unit with a unique behind the scenes day at Jungle Island. The day kicked off with one-on-one interactions with a couple of the park’s featured animals. The children met everything from Kangaroos to Capuchin Monkeys and from Alligators to Opossums. Following the animal interactions, the campers and Ayudan team headed off to the Winged Wonders Show where they received a presentation on some rare and impressive birds.

The Winged Wonders Show was followed by the Wild Encounters Show. The Wild Encounters Show featured a couple of furry friends including a Tabby Tiger and a Howler Monkey. After the show the group was provided with an exclusive tour of the park led by one of the park’s lead curators, Dr. Jason Chatfield. It was a tremendous opportunity for the campers to pick the brain of one of the park’s leading animal experts. To cap it all off, each child received a complimentary monkey plush toy courtesy of Jungle Island.

It was an exciting and adventure-filled day and one these campers will always remember.

Many thanks to our friends at Jungle Island for providing this incredible and unique access to the park!

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Citrus Grove Elementary Mural Project

Marlins Ayudan School Partner, Citrus Grove Elementary, was the recent benefactor of an exciting makeover! Marlins Ayudan team “Pulse,” led by Senior Vice President of Marketing & Event Booking, Sean Flynn, is partnering with Citrus Grove Elementary for the 2013 year. As a part of their partnership with Citrus Grove Elementary, “Pulse” funded the entirety of the mural project and spent a morning spray painting this very elaborate new mural outside the school’s cafeteria. This was a very exciting day for both students and staff a like as this marked the first of many more projects to come!

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