Results tagged ‘ marlins park ’
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.
Every baseball season there are two holidays that I look forward to celebrating with my colleagues and our fans. The first, Opening Day at Marlins Park. You can literally feel the energy surging through you in anticipation for an awesome season to come. The second, Jackie Robinson Day. Every year Jackie Robinson’s legacy is memorialized by Major League Baseball on April 15, which marks the anniversary of when the Hall of Famer broke baseball’s color barrier with his first major league game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. During this day we are reminded that baseball is more than just a game, it serves as a common bond for all people, regardless of race. One man, through his perseverance, heart and values trail-blazed history for many other minority players to enjoy the game of baseball. Reliving history through video clips, photos and presentations on this MLB holiday makes you reflect on how far we have come and how you can make a difference just by standing up for what is right.
The Marlins saluted Jackie Robinson’s heroism and legacy with Marlins President of Baseball Operations, Michael Hill, Marlins Senior Vice President and Legal Council, Derek Jackson, and Marlins Vice President and Executive Director of the Marlins Foundation, Alfredo Mesa, presenting a check for $4,200 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The check was accepted by Christina Gordon, current Jackie Robinson Scholar attending the University of Miami, Carol Guerrero, Jackie Robinson Scholar Alumni, and Curtis Tearte, Jackie Robinson Foundation Committee Member. During a special pre-game presentation the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project boys presented their favorite Jackie Robinson core value: COURAGE, DETERMINATION, TEAMWORK, PERSISTENCE, INTEGRITY, CITIZENSHIP, JUSTICE, COMMITMENT AND EXCELLENCE. These words were values that Jackie Robinson lived by. These values not only made him a champion, but also a hero to millions of people. 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project boys represents these values everyday through their program in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. During the inning breaks on Marlins Vision, the Marlins shared interviews with Marlins players and a few RBI kids, highlighting what it means to wear 42 and how Jackie Robinson’s journey still has an impact on their lives today.
Jackie Robinson Day will forever be my second favorite “holiday.” Not just for the pomp and circumstance that goes along with the day, but the look on our fans’ faces as they cheer on our Fish that carry on the legacy of a hero by wearing number 42 with pride.
We’re gonna need a bigger table…specifically a table with 1,160 seats, because that’s how many people gathered together and gave thanks last Friday at Marlins Park.
Friday marked the fourth annual Marlins Ayudan Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution. 1,000 guests from throughout the community came to receive free turkeys and Thanksgiving fixings compliments of the Marlins Foundation, Farm Share, Feeding South Florida, Pepsi and Goya. Guests expressed many thanks for the wonderful meals they were able to receive. Our guests had even more to be thankful for than simply the food – they were thankful for friends and neighbors, such as Abriendo Puertas, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Curley’s House, and Sagrada Familia, who were able to provide them with the opportunity to come as well as support all throughout the year. We all know that good company makes for great holidays, and that was definitely the case for the Marlins Thanksgiving guests as they got to get ready for their holiday side by side with Marlins players Henderson Alvarez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Tom Koehler, and Ed Lucas!
Many Miami families had a great evening on Friday, but we haven’t quite finished making our way around the giant table yet to hear everyone’s “thanks”. With thousands of pounds of food to be distributed, Marlins Ayudan front-office volunteers played a crucial role in this Thanksgiving celebration. Over 150 staff gathered around in the west plaza to unload, set-up, distribute, and prepare. Through all this work there was no shortage of thanks. One employee was thankful to be able to experience the teamwork it took to be able to provide 1,000 families with meals. Another employee gave thanks for the opportunity to grow her relationship with one of our Vice Presidents while working side-by-side. Colleagues were even thankful for the food that was provided!
It’s safe to say that although all the people involved in the Friday’s distribution won’t be able to gather around one 1,160-seat table, there were enough “thanks” and enough “giving” to make the day a successful Thanksgiving celebration!
As a 2013 Official Charity Partner, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired held their day at Marlins Park on August 3rd. Before the game, Marlins President David Samson, and Marlins executives PJ Loyello and Alfredo Mesa presented them with a $25,000 check before the game. Accepting on behalf of Miami Lighthouse was President and C.E.O. Virginia Jacko, Chairman of the Board, Agustin Arellano, Jr., and former Board Chair, Ray Casas. The Marlins Foundation also hosted a silent auction and 50/50 Raffle, with all of the proceeds going to the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks to provide vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promote independence, to educate professionals, and to conduct research in related fields. We are proud to have them as a 2013 Charity Partner!
Enjoy reading about all the Marlins do in the community? Then come support our official 2013 Charity Partner days at Marlins Park! On each of their days, our Charity Partner will receive an on-field check for $25,000 dollars from the Marlins Foundation. While at the ballpark don’t forget to grab your 50/50 Raffle ticket to help raise money for their causes, and potentially win some yourself! See the dates below:
Sunday, July 14th Marlins v. Nationals
Saturday, Aug. 3 Marlins v. Indians
Sunday, Aug 25 Marlins v. Rockies.
Saturday, Sept. 28 Marlins v. Tigers.
To read more on any of these charities visit their websites linked above. To come out to Marlins Park to support them head over to www.marlins.com/specialevents and get your tickets there. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charity Partner of that day.
In the meantime, check out Breakthrough Miami’s spirit check at Camp Day!