Thursday, April 17th, 2014, the Marlins Ayudan program sent our “Blue Shirts” into the community. We visited three senior living centers, one of which housed a wonderful lady who just celebrated her 101st birthday! The day was exceptional and as I soaked it all in, I reflected on five things that money could never buy.
- Smile. A simple smile, especially to a complete stranger can brighten someone’s whole day. Some of us walk around with the weight of the world on our shoulders and it takes a toll on our mind, body, and soul. You never know what someone is going through, so lighten the mood and smile, it’s contagious! J
- Gratitude. Often we say “thank you” as a notion of respect, or even custom, without much regard. Take the time to give thanks no matter how big or small the blessing. And remember actions speak louder than words, so don’t be afraid to show it.
- Selflessness. Each day should be a new experience and a new hour of learning. It is easy to get so caught up in our daily tasks that we develop tunnel-vision from the outside world. Take a second and spread your wealth, whether it be wisdom or material, reach out and share yourself with another.
- Hope. A little bit of hope can go a long way. Through acts of selflessness we can provide opportunities for others to gain a sense of hope. This nation was built on hope and that same hope is in the foundation of a strong community. So dream big, and if you have nothing left, keep hope alive.
- Community. This is where people gain their identity, a sense of family and the place they call home. There have never been truer words than “you get what you put in”. It is important to build one another, grow with them, teach them, and learn from them. Life Lesson #1: The Best Things in Life are Free!
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!!
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!