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Truly Amazing!

I vividly recall the moment David Samson told me of his desire to do something to honor all of the construction workers that were building our new home.  We were at Allapattah Middle School, and his Ayudan team was working with City Year on a beautification project.  We were painting a mural, and between brushstrokes, he casually mentioned his plan to run 50 miles to raise $500,000 for charity.  I immediately thought, “Wow, he really is crazy!”  My next thought was, “If there is anyone I know that has the will to pull this off, it’s David.” 

This season is my 15th in Community Outreach with the Marlins, and 11 have been with David.  While much of his focus over the past decade was on solidifying the future of baseball in Miami by overseeing the ballpark efforts, he never lost sight of the Marlins role in our community and our responsibility to our neighbors.  He possesses a passion for helping others and a desire to leave a positive legacy. 

After a few more brush strokes, as the idea began to sink in, I realized how fortunate I am to work for someone who genuinely leads by example.  Not only was this man going to put his mind and body through a grueling back-to-back marathon, he was dedicating himself to raising a half million dollars to donate to charity in the name of our construction workers! 

I have experienced some unforgettable moments with the Marlins…clinching the 2003 Wild Card…Pudge clutching that ball…reveling a World Series Championship at Yankee Stadium…Anibal Sanchez’ no-no…celebrating the Florida Marlins franchise at Closing Day 2011…Opening Marlins Park just a few weeks ago.  Last night added another memory to that list…Cheering David on as he jogged in through center field and presented checks totaling over $600,000 to 10 incredible charities. 

That is the most inspirational of all.

Marlins Ayudan Day of Service!

Hiya Marlins Fans! Welcome to the Marlins Ayudan Blog. Want to find out more about what your favorite Ballclub is doing to impact their community? Take a look below to find out.

Today, I want to share with you what we we did for the Marlins Ayudan Day of Service and Community Engagement. Our entire front office spent the day canvassing Miami with random acts of kindness and spreading Marlins cheer. This was an incredibly rewarding day for each and every one of us.  I hope you all enjoy learning about it as much as we did living it!

On Thursday, December 15th, the Miami Marlins gathered at Shake-A-Leg Miami to kick off their Marlins Ayudan Day of Service and Community Engagement. The 2012 Marlins Ayudan teams were announced, each one led by a Club Executive. Each team was given a booklet containing instructions to the day’s events. The booklet included riddles and trivia questions about landmarks throughout Miami, a crossword featuring Club corporate partners, a word search of local celebrities as well as a challenge to perform random acts of kindness throughout the day. The teams were also assigned to a school where they would give an hour of their day to spend time with children at a Teach for America or City Year classroom. Finally, each team was given $1,000 to spend throughout the day, with the overall challenge of being the team that made the most significant impact in Miami. After a few minutes of deliberation, all 14 Ayudan teams took off in their own van driven by a Miami-Dade Police Officer and spent the day canvassing Miami, engaging our new neighbors in a “Random Acts of Kindness-themed” Scavenger Hunt.

Check out what our Ayudan teams did during the Day of Service …