Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton can do more than throw 97MPH heaters and hit 474 foot homeruns. They can finger-paint. They joined South Florida’s top athletes in leaving their handprint for Young at Art. Manager Mike Redmond, Jeff Conine, Cliff Floyd, Charles Johnson and Juan Pierre joined them in leaving their handprints on memorabillia for the STOMP at Young at Art second annual gala for the benefit of YAA programming for underserved and at-risk youth. The mission of Young At Art Children’s Museum is to provide hands-on cultural, educational and arts experiences for youth that awaken their creativity in a fun and exciting environment. Check out the photo below!
My first Opening Night was met by 34,000 Marlins faithful ready for another season of baseball in Miami. On behalf of the Marlins Foundation, I would like to wish everyone a happy 2013 baseball season!
A special thanks to some of our community partners who came out to support us: Miracle League of Miami-Dade, Best Buddies, City Year, Villa Lyan, Special Olympics Florida – Miami-Dade County, Breakthrough Miami, Easter Seals, Miami Children’s Museum, the Ann Storck Center, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Young at Art, Biscayne Nature Center, Seraphic Fire and Shake-a-leg Miami.
As you enjoy some photos from Opening Night, remember to value every moment this great game has to offer. Willie Stargell put it best:
When you start the game, they don’t say “Work ball!” They say “Play ball!”
Today we are excited to share this picture we received from Afghanistan of SGT Mickey Planker of the 806 MP company representing the Marlins overseas! The Marlins are happy to support our troops!
A reminder that every Monday is South Florida Heroes Monday. All active and retired military personnel, veterans, first responders and military citizens, as well as their families, receive complimentary tickets for Monday games in 2013!
What was Derek Deitrich doing talking to a group of young baseball players about skim, whole, and half-and-half? He was putting on a demonstration of jaw dropping juggling tricks at the conclusion of the Marlins Spring Training Youth Clinic, of course!
The Marlins Foundation held our annual Spring Training Youth Clinic at Roger Dean Stadium with Placido Polanco, Rob Brantly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Derek Dietrich. They helped kids work on the fundamentals of fielding, batting, pitching, and base running. Even a wily old veteran like me learned a thing or two!
Proceeds will go on to benefit the Florida State League Scholarship Program.
Check out some photos:
An entry by Marlins Foundation Intern, Daniela Alzuru:
Imagine this: a beautiful Saturday morning at the ballpark. The sun is shining, the field is perfectly groomed, and dozens of children are itching for their game to start. This was the setting of the most unique and inspiring baseball I have ever been privileged to witness—the Miracle League game at Marlins Park. On this day, absolutely nothing came in between the players and their ability to play. With the help of their buddies, and the resounding cheers of loved ones, every Miracle League team member got his or her moment to shine. Now, more than ever, I am proud to intern for the Marlins Foundation because of its commitment to this incredible organization.