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!
In its fifteenth installment at Marlins Park, the Marlins Ayudan Career Workshop Series was as exciting as ever today.
The first workshop of 2014 took place today featuring presentations from Marlins Supervisor of Promotions, Ralph Capdevila, and Radio Broadcaster, Glenn Geffner. Check out the photos below and to learn more about the Marlins Ayudan Career Workshop Series, visit www.marlins.com/maspp .
The Marlins Foundation was honored to assist Marlins Bullpen Catcher Jeff Urgelles in hosting the second cycle of Compression for Life. In 2013, the Marlins Foundation, in partnership with the American Heart Association of South Florida, developed the Compression for Life program. After Jeff helped to save the life of an Arizona Diamondbacks employee while on the road with the Marlins, the Marlins Foundation honored him with a gift to start his own program geared towards teaching the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade the importance of hearth health through diet and exercise.
The second cycle of Compression for Life took place at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami Dade – Kendall Campus. Each day of the three day program had a different focus; heart health through nutrition, CPR / AED (Automated External Defibrillators) training and celebrating heart health. On the first day, fitness instruction was provided by Marlins own Strength and Conditioning Coach Ty Hill. The kids worked up a serious sweat going over the 20 minute exercise routines very similar to the ones that Ty facilitates with the Marlins players. Back inside, Jen Llanos shared tidbits about healthy eating, sprinkled in with a Q&A period where participants received Marlins giveaways for giving the best snack choices to eat.
During the second day of the program Jeff was joined by 911 Educational Consultants to instruct the proper CPR techniques and teach the kids how to use safely use an AED.. The next workroom over, Cardiologist Dr. Sizemore joined the kids to share information about why it’s important to stay healthy, sharing large scale models of a heart while the kids enjoyed healthy snacks. At the end of the day’s lesson all 100 kids walked away with their own CPR kits, courtesy of Amerigroup Foundation, so that they may practice CPR skills at home with their families.
The last day of the program was Graduation Day where all of the kids received a certificate for completing Compression for Life. The highlight of the day was a huge celebration party where the kids were joined by Jeff’s special guests, Billy The Marlin, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and Marlins President David Samson. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of games, bounce houses, healthy snacks and dancing as they celebrated the fact that they are now armed with the tools to be heart healthy.
Special thank you to program sponsors: American Heart Association of South Florida, 911 Educational Consultants, Sergio’s Printing
To follow up on this list, I’d like to share some of the experiences that touched me personally. If you think our young roster is exciting on the field, just spend a few minutes with them off the field. Here are some of the moments from last week in which I realized the depth of character of the young men that make up the Miami Marlins…
Infielder Derek Dietrich was asked to join students on an Art Education Tour of Marlins Park. A few minute into the tour, he literally beading to LEAD it! Dietrich gave our Elementary friends the inside scoop on each location around the field, dugout, clubhouse, etc. He made sure that they knew that they may never be back in a professional sports clubhouse if they didn’t work hard in school. The impact of his efforts was realized at the end of the tour when one 2nd grader from Citrus Grove Elementary told him, “I do my homework every day. I go to school every day. I want to be a baseball player when I grow up, just like you!”
Pitcher Carter Capps joined students from Miami Edison Middle School at the Frost Science Museum. Though he was itching to see the outdoor water wildlife display, he sacrificed his wants to help guide students in the classroom portion of their visit. He helped them learn how different races are similar and different.
Pitcher Jacob Turner motivated his kickball team during a pickup game. He talked his roster of 4th graders up, demanding of them not only that they beat Pitcher Brian Flynn’s team, but that they play by the rules like good sports, and have fun!
Now, if our players’ leadership and humility within the Miami community don’t hook you on these guys, then take a minute to remember, they’re human just like us and everybody likes to have a little fun…
Outfielder Brian Bogusevic taking this game of hoops seriously!
Former Manager Jack McKeon laughing it up with our own Director of Community Outreach and Beyond the Ballpark author, Angela Smith!
Through these stories you may feel a little closer to your Miami Marlins. Stop by Spring Training in Jupiter or visit us on March 31st at Marlins Park to get to know us even better! See you soon.