As you will recall, Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez threw a dramatic no-hitter on Closing Day of 2013 to defeat the Detroit Tigers. The day was unforgettable and memorialized with these pretty cool commemorative baseballs:
Well, it turns out those baseballs can be used for a lot more than just displaying in your trophy case…
Those baseballs got some great use at Marlins Ayudan Partner School Lenora B. Smith Elementary in Liberty City, as students used them in an interactive activity to bring to life the theme of their book club book.
The Book Club leader and Media Specialist, who also works with Marlins Ayudan on our literacy program, sent us a meaningful thank you note:
With meaningful words like that, the impact that Marlins Ayudan has on our youth is tangible. I cannot think of a better use of commemorative baseballs than this. The reality of the impact really came to life when we learned that the students took the message of their book to heart and went on to shine themselves by winning the first round of the Regional Book Battle.
It’s safe to say the Radical Readers at Lenora B. Smith are demonstrating the spirit of The Girl Who Threw Butterflies and of Henderson Alvarez with their dedication to reading and competing.
We look forward to seeing what these youth will do in the finals! All of the #FishFamily is cheering for you, Radical Readers!
Today was an amazing….
Today was a special day at Marlins Park -and that’s putting it lightly. The moments that made up today impacted everyone involved.
Today was so great because Marlins Foundation Charity Partner, Special Olympics of Florida, brought its skills clinic to Marlins Park. Athletes of all ages – eight to adult – showcased their skills on the field at Marlins Park. That’s right – they showcased their skills. As Marlins Ayudan volunteers that spent the morning working with the athletes, we were told early on that today we would learn a lot more about the athletes’ abilities than their disabilities. That’s exactly what happened.
The standout moment of the day for me began when I went over to speak to some 4th graders from Kensington Park Elementary. They were all so eager to talk to me about Marlins Park, about their day, about their favorite sports, and so on, and so forth. One boy in particular, Joshua, had a lot of questions about Marlins Park. I spoke with him for a long time until it was time to start the skills assessment. I told him I’d see him when see got to my station.
A few hours later when I finally welcomed Kensington Park Elementary to the [Major League!] dugout to get ready for base running, Joshua immediately stated with fire,
“Coach! I’ve been looking for you all day! I have so much more to talk to you about”.
His statement blew me away. First of all, I was honored. I felt like after knowing him for a mere half hour that I was one of his role models, like a mentor or older sibling, whose time was all that mattered to him. Second of all, he really did have so much more to ask about his surroundings. Joshua was in a never-ending pursuit of knowledge.
In addition to Joshua’s blossoming curiosity a few of the inspiring abilities I noticed in the athletes today were:
Chivalry amongst peers,
Rockin dance moves,
Knack for following directions,
Tolerance for others’ beliefs…
Oh, and of course:
Coming to work this morning I’m not sure the Marlins front office knew what to expect for a day working with Special Olympics athletes, but the early advice we received most definitely proved true – We would learn more about their abilities than their disabilities.
Wondering where Beyond the Ballpark bloggers have been? Wondering what ICYMI stands for? So many questions, so many answers in this blog entry!
Your beloved bloggers have not forgotten you, in fact we were thinking of you and your reading interests when we set out to have the best month ever, hereby referred to as The Month of Awesome.
So, Beyond the Ballpark blog fans, In case you missed it (ICYMI), here are ten things that made June at Marlins Park The Month of Awesome!
Citrus Cup Softball Classic (June 2nd)
The Marlins Wives took on the Rays Wives in the 4th Citrus Cup Softball Classic. Marlins Wives won 10-9 evening the series at 2-2, and raised over $2,100 for Marlins RBI Softball.
RBI Career Workshop Launch (June 10th)
Marlins RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) is about more than baseball, it’s about character development. This summer we launched a Career Development seminar during which students receive guidance from employees all across the Marlins front office, like President of Baseball Operations, Mike Hill.
Father’s Day (June 15th)
The Miami Marlins and Major League Baseball celebrated Father’s Day by raising awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer with the goal to “Keep Dad in The Game”. Giancarlo celebrated with a blue arm sleeve for awareness.
Fish N Chips (June 18th)
In its annual Casino Party, Fish N’ Chips, the Marlins Foundation and Event Chair Jarrod Saltalamacchia raised money for Marlins RBI.
Camp Boggy Creek Sendoff (June 19th)
In Partnership with UM’s Alex’s Place, the Marlins served as a departure site for campers headed to the Seriously Fun Camp that any child, despite their illness can enjoy.
Buses For Baseball (June 19th)
Through the MLBPA over 50 kids from Overtown Youth Center and Roberto Clemente Park had a once-in-a-lifetime batting practice experience. They all received baseballs and player autographs.
Our Community Salutes (June 20th)
Local High School graduates were officially sworn into the Marines, Navy, and Army at Marlins Park.
Play Sun Smart (June 20th-22nd)
Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins teamed up to increase skin cancer awareness. Local Boys and Girls Clubers helped deliver sun screen throughout the ballpark.
RBI Baseball Clinic (June 21st)
Marlins RBI league participants were invited to a day of instruction on the Marlins Park field.
RBI Softball Clinic (June 28th)
Marlins RBI Softball ladies received expert instruction in a big league facility as well.
ICYMI – last month was awesome! Here’s to another awesome month in July.
Looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend your Saturday morning this weekend? Why not join Marlins Ayudan and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade for Global Youth Service Day? Here are 6 serious reasons why you should come to Amelia Earhart Park this weekend!
1. You’ll officially become a “Blue Shirt”…and you’ll receive a blue shirt too.
You’ve seen the Marlins front office all over the community sporting our blue jerseys, now you can join the club too and get this awesome free t-shirt.
2. 15 minutes of fame.
Join the big leaguers on Marlins Park Field. All volunteers from the day will be recognized for their efforts in a special pre-game on-field ceremony at Marlins Park!
3. It’s fun!
These guys found time to stop for a laugh and smile in between all the hard work during Global Youth Service Day 2013.
You never know who’s watching and where you’ll run into them later in life. I’ll tell you two people who will definitely be on scene on Saturday, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 13, Esteban Bovo, Jr. and Miami-Dade Parks Director, Jack Kardys.
Listed as number 5, this reason is significant because every participant will receive 5 hours of community service! Look out graduation, here we come!
This year’s activities which will impact one of your local parks include mulching, painting, planting and clean-up.
There’s still time to sign up for Global Youth Service Day. If you’d like to join us from 8am-1pm at Amelia Earhart Park this Saturday, e-mail your name, age, and t-shirt size to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It can be hard to remember sometimes that the world is a wonderful place…
One young Marlins fan who attends Miami Senior High School was at a Marlins vs Rockies game this week and unfortunately lost his wallet.
Lucky for him, a good-hearted fellow Marlins fan found it. Even more remarkable, that anonymous Marlins fan also did THIS…
The story rings particularly close to home as Miami Senior High is a neighbor of ours and a Partner School in our MASPP program.
This is a just little testament to the quality of Marlins fans. #DiehardFish Fans stick together!