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Autism Awareness Day @ Marlins Park

Last Sunday, we celebrated the Marlins 14th annual Autism Awareness Day. It was a great day at the ballpark which included an autism resource fair in the West Plaza, on-field volunteer recognitions and the best first pitch, ever!  Below are some great pictures from the game and a list of participating organizations.

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Abi’s Place

Autism Notebook Magazine 

Autism Society of Broward

Autism Speaks 

Casablanca Academy

Family Autism Network of Florida 

Inspiring Voices 

Miami Dade County Public Schools Division of Special Education

UM-NSU Center For Autism & related Disabilities 

Victory Center for Autism 

Thanks to Autism Speaks for partnering with us. The Marlins Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of our youth through education, the arts and baseball, with a special focus on children with special needs. We hope all the children and families enjoyed the day at Marlins Park!

Marlins Ayudan team New BIGinnings @ Citrus Grove Middle School

Yesterday marked the conclusion of Citrus Grove Middle School’s FCAT preparation. In efforts to support our partner school and the students who will begin testing on Monday, we threw a pizza party!  See these awesome pictures from yesterday’s New BIGinnings Ayudan Party at Citrus Grove Middle School.

Billy posing with a birthday girl!

Billy posing with a birthday girl!

Our other raffle winner!

Our other raffle winner!

Serving lunch.

Serving lunch.

Our leader, SVP Corporate Partnerships, Brendan Cunningham.

Our leader, SVP Corporate Partnerships, Brendan Cunningham.

Our favorite Principal, Emirce Ladaga.

Our favorite Principal, Emirce Ladaga.

Our Marlins Ayudan Partner School flag flies!

Our Marlins Ayudan Partner School flag flies!

Raffle Winner!

Raffle Winner!

New BIGinnings enjoying Sir Pizza!

New BIGinnings enjoying Sir Pizza!

Kids enjoying Sir Pizza

Kids enjoying Sir Pizza

Raffle winner!

Raffle winner!

We wish the best of luck to all our students! See you soon.

Marlins President tours Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Did you know? There are 67,000 individuals in Miami Dade County who are blind or visually impaired.

After last season’s inaugural touching tour at Marlins Park, our team President David Samson asked me to schedule him a visit to the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. Today was the day, and we had a lovely morning with Virginia, Carol, and Cameron at MLB (of course Virginia pointed out the MLB connection!) The resources and services they provide our community range from free eyeglasses for children, to life enrichment classes for seniors who recently lost their sight. It’s a wonderful complex filled with kind and caring individuals. The Marlins Foundation looks forward to continuing our partnership with our friends at MLB. Below are some pictures from the visit. Enjoy!

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Wounded Warriors Bike from Marlins Park to Key West

Have you ever biked more than 150 miles?!? Neither have I! Yesterday, I met a group of United States veterans on their way to Key West from Miami. It was truly inspiring!

The Soldier Ride started Thursday morning on South Beach with a warm up which took cyclists across the Venetian Causeway here to Marlins Park. The entire Marlins front-office was present to welcome and cheer on the veterans. Most of the cyclists are medically retired service members representing the Wounded Warrior Project.

The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors and to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. I am proud to work for an organization that cares about our military and especially our veterans. Below are some great pictures from their special visit to Marlins Park. Enjoy!

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A Day with The Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County

On November 5th, my Ayudan Team, Pulse spent the day with Olympians at Gulliver High school. These inspiring athletes of The Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County where training for the states competition in Softball.

 

Our Ayudan team members hit the field aiding the students in practicing catching, pitching, fielding, and hitting.  Working with these athletes was an incredible and heartwarming experience. Their determination, skill and love for sports couldn’t be matched. Many of the Athletes were better at the game than our own front office staff!

 

The Marlins proudly support the Special Olympics. “The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities*, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

 

For more information please visit:

Special Olympics Miami Dade County

http://somdc.org/5/

Special Olympics Florida- Broward County

http://www.specialolympicsbroward.org/

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