Braves fans all pitched in to Spread the Warmth in the Atlanta community by cleaning out their closets and donating gently used clothing and cold weather accessories to our Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive!
We collected an overwhelming amount of items at Braves FanFest Saturday, which will aid hundreds of homeless men, women, and children at the Atlanta Mission during the cold winter months. Thank you, Braves Country, for always going above and beyond to make our community great!
Braves Fans! Join us as we celebrate the final season at Turner Field, during FanFest on Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fanfest is free and open to the public.
We will be collecting items for our “Spread the Warmth” winter clothing drive to benefit the Atlanta Mission. Fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used coats, boots, gloves, scarves, hats, blankets, socks, long sleeve shirts, long pants, sweaters, umbrellas or rain ponchos. Drop off bins will be located in Monument Grove under the Braves tent and at all entry points.
FanFest activities will include:
- Player appearances
- Autograph sessions with current players, alumni, and broadcasters*
- Photo stations with current players and alumni
- Panel discussions with current players, top prospects, alumni and front office executives
- Kids’ Reading Room with a book reading by a Braves player
- Kids-only press conference
- Tours of Turner Field offered every 15 minutes
- Yard Sale featuring Braves memorabilia
*Details for each autograph session and a map of locations will be distributed to fans upon entry.
Parking is free and will be available in the Green Lot across from the main gates at Turner Field.
Please visit www.Braves.com/fanfest for more information and subscribe to this blog for more updates throughout the season.
We hope to see you at Turner Field! Go Braves!
This morning, Braves staff members volunteered at the Toys for Tots warehouse in Atlanta as part of the Braves Care initiative.
Toys for Tots is a United States Marine Corps-sponsored foundation that delivers a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters during the holidays through providing them with a new toy. We helped sort donated toys into age appropriate bins and bag them for distribution alongside local US Marines. It was definitely a fun way to spend our Tuesday, being Santa’s elves for a great cause!
As part of our commitment to honoring local military families, we hosted the 5th Annual Holiday Military Bowling Bash on Saturday, December 5th. More than 20 families from local military bases joined Braves coaches and alumni players for an afternoon of bowling, food, awesome raffle prizes and fun at Midtown Bowl.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, pitching coach Roger McDowell, first base coach Terry Pendleton, bullpen catcher Alan Butts along with Braves alumni Marty Perez, Jim Nash, and Johnny Estrada came out to spend some quality time with the military families, sign autographs, and spread holiday cheer.
Everyone received raffle tickets upon entry for the chance to win exciting prizes including Braves branded golf bags, autographed items and tickets to the upcoming season.
This event was a success thanks to the Braves front office staff and the Braves 400 Club members who volunteered their Saturday morning and helped distribute various prizes that were awarded throughout the afternoon.
This is one of the most rewarding events that we do each year because it allows us to thank the military service men and women, and their families for their dedication to our country. A special thanks goes out to Midtown Bowl for hosting us and providing lunch for everyone as well as to our Braves fans for the continued support of the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Braves Foundation, and the support of our military.
Happy HoliBRAVES from our Braves family to yours!
Braves staff served lunch to 100 men at the Shepherd’s Inn homeless shelter at the Atlanta Mission in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Shepherd’s Inn serves around 450 men every day, providing them hot meals, counseling, and a comfortable place to sleep.
Spending quality time with these men was an amazing way to kick off the season of giving! For more information about the Atlanta Mission and the Shepherd’s Inn, please visit http://www.atlantamission.org.
The Atlanta Braves Foundation operates as the nonprofit charitable arm of the Atlanta Braves and is committed to giving back to the community. Since 1994, the Braves Foundation has supported various Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations and has contributed more than $6 million in monetary and in-kind donations to the Braves Country community.
We are able to raise these funds through various fundraisers throughout the season such as the 50/50 Raffle, our annual Foundation Weekend memorabilia sale, in-game and special event silent auctions, online auctions, the Atlanta Braves Foundation Golf Tournament, and the Annual Leadoff Luncheon. Braves fans, players and sponsors play a huge role in helping us make a difference in our community by supporting all of these initiatives.
At the beginning of each Braves season, we invite non-profit organizations to apply for our annual grants program to receive funding to assist in their outreach efforts. The applicants must be youth-serving organizations that support education, recreation, and health initiatives. The process is very competitive, as there are so many great organizations in the area that are in desperate need of funding.
During the last week of the season and throughout the year, the Braves Foundation awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 48 deserving organizations. This funding will support initiatives including after-school programs, health and wellness initiatives, anti-bullying campaigns, athletic programs just to name a few. Listed below are our 2015 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grant Recipients.
- Alive Ministries – Will use funds to purchase food and toiletries for local children and families in need.
- Anti-Defamation League – Will support the “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying initiative in schools.
- Arthritis Foundation- Sustain and expand the Juvenile Arthritis programs and services.
- Atlanta Ronald McDonald House – Provide a comfortable “home away from home” for families traveling to Atlanta to receive medical attention for their children.
- Attachment & Trauma Network – Support an interactive Therapeutic Parenting Skills Building Weekend for parents of traumatized and attachment disordered children.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta – Will support initiatives for bigs and littles including college mentoring and healthy living workshops.
- Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta – Will integrate healthy living values into an edible landscape community garden at Anderson Boys and Girls Club.
- Brian Jordan Back to the Future Foundation – Hosts a free baseball clinic for more than 200 disadvantaged children.
- Bright Futures Atlanta – Integrate technology into the After School and Summer programs.
- Camp Kudzu – Will support the diabetes management overnight summer education program.
- Camp Sunshine – Will enrich the lives of Georgia’s children with cancer and their families through year-round support programs.
- Center for Pan Asian Community Services – Help disadvantaged Hispanic youth receive a high school diploma or GED and obtain meaningful work.
- Center for the Visually Impaired – Support programming specific to health and fitness education in the STARS After School Enrichment Program and STARS Summer Enrichment Camp for visually impaired students.
- Center for Working Families – Support the development of family enrichment and healthy relationship workshops.
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Will purchase 600 bike helmets to distribute during bike safety week.
- Christian Aid Mission Partnership – Will provide new shoes and backpacks filled with school supplies for disadvantaged youth.
- Cobb Alcohol Task Force – Facilitate a program in Marietta city schools focusing on social issues.
- Cobb Community Foundation – Provides diapers to families in need.
- Cobb County Public School Educational Foundation – Focuses on college readiness by providing tutoring for SAT and ACT exams.
- Cobb Health Future Foundation – Educates youth on media, physical activity and nutrition.
- Cool Girls, Inc. – Funds the Cool Fitness Program which supports the after school program, summer fitness initiative and Saturday field trips.
- CURE Childhood Cancer – Provides family meals at Aflac Cancer Center.
- East Lake Foundation – Fund educational materials for RISE after school program at Drew Charter School.
- Georgia Avenue Community Ministry – Will feed low-income families.
- Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation – Will fund programming which provides memorable vacations for families dealing with cancer.
- Just Us Girls – Increases educational support for girls including SAT and ACT prep and etiquette classes.
- E.A.D. – Supports the organization’s year-round baseball and life skills development program.
- La Amistad, Inc. – Provides flash cards and books for students to utilize during the school year and summer.
- Latin American Association – Will support the health and wellness component of the Latino Youth Leadership Academy.
- Lekotek of Georgia – Will provide children with limited mobility, access into the world of play using only eye movement.
- Lutheran Services of Georgia – Will support the week-long day camp experiences for refugee children impacted by trauma.
- Marietta Police Athletic League – Will fund the PAL EXCEL program designed to tackle the problems of childhood obesity and access to sports and recreation for low income families.
- Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School Athletic Boosters – will provide an indoor retractable batting cage system, a baseball L-screen, and batting tees for baseball and softball athletes.
- MUST Ministries – Will provide toys and essential winter items and school supplies during the holiday season for youth and families in Cobb and Cherokee counties.
- Piedmont Healthcare – Will support a low income family nutrition education program.
- Rally Foundation – the Family Emergency Fund will offers financial relief to families that have a child actively undergoing cancer treatment.
- Reach Out and Read – Children’s books will be provided in pediatric waiting rooms to encourage literacy.
- Reconnecting Families – will supply furniture, clothing, camps for children, and other basic household needs for disadvantaged families.
- Ser Familia – will fund the Strengthening Families program which focuses on parenting skills, children`s life skills and family skills.
- Special Olympics Georgia – Will help offset costs for youth to attend the Special Olympic Georgia State games.
- The Center for Children and Young Adults – Will provide dining tables and chairs for a youth shelter.
- The US Fund for UNICEF – will support the UNICEF Kid Power by engaging kids in the U.S. to help kids around the world by getting active and ultimately providing food for malnourished children.
- Tomorrow’s Champions – will provide opportunities for girls and to learn the fundamentals of softball and life skills.
- True Colors Theatre Company- will provide free in-school theatre arts workshops for high school students.
- Villages at Carver YMCA – Will use funds to support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Academy.
- YWCA of NW Georgia – funds will support summer programming for the children in YWCA’s domestic violence shelter and transitional housing.
- Youth Empowering Through Leading, Learning, and Serving – the grant will cover the YELLS Community Action Cafe, Afterschool Program, and Summer Programs for youth.
- YWCA of Greater Atlanta – the funds will provide new materials for the Early Learning Academy.
As you can see, these organizations offer wonderful programs that will benefit a lot deserving young Braves fans. We are proud to be a part of making an impact in the lives of so many people. Congratulations to all of our 2015 Braves Foundation Grantees!
In 2015, the Atlanta Braves continued their partnership with Subway Restaurants and Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) to bring reading and healthy eating habits to students in grades K-12 throughout metro-Atlanta. In partnership with all of the public libraries in the state, we offered students a chance to earn free Braves tickets to home games along with a free Subway Restaurants “Fresh Fit for Kids” meal voucher during the 2015 season.
The Home Run Readers program is a web-based summer reading initiative to encourage students to read during their break from school. Students are then instructed to visit www.braves.com/reading and answer questions about the book they read. Upon completion, they received a certificate from their library with a code to redeem free Braves tickets online.
Throughout the summer, we visited six local libraries to promote the Homerun Readers initiative along with a very special guest, Homer, the Braves mascot. Braves staff were on site to distribute tomahawks, t-shirts, hats and more!
To celebrate the success of the program, all of the Home Run Readers were invited to a year-end “READ IN” with Braves players, Homer, the Cobb Library Cat and Library officials at Turner Field. Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway and pitcher Andrew McKirahan read “Casey at the Bat” to more than 200 youth and their families. The players participated in a Q&A and spoke about their favorite books, baseball, healthy eating habits and the importance of reading. To close out the event, the Cobb library staff facilitated several fun rounds of “HOMER” Bingo that included common baseball terms like base runner, pinch hitter, pop fly, and many more! The winners received autographed Braves memorabilia promotional items.
Over 2,000 youth participated in our summer reading program. Special Thank you to Subway Restaurants for your continuous support.
Kudos to all of the Home Run Readers and keep up the good work!
In an effort to “strike-out bullying” in schools across Braves Country, we teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League and Braves alumni player Brian Jordan for our annual “No Place for Hate” Anti-Bullying Rally at Turner Field. This special pre-game event took place in our fan plaza for more than 500 students from across the state.
“No Place for Hate” is the Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bulling initiative designed to rally schools around the goal of creating a welcoming community and stopping all forms of bias and bullying. We incorporated what “No Place for Hate” teaches in schools into our rally that evening and encouraged students to accept one another despite differences.
Brian Jordan kicked off the rally and spoke to the crowd about his childhood experiences dealing with bullies in school which led him to write his book, “Time Out for Bullies.” Brian gave out free copies of his book to the first 250 students.
Mark Moskowitz, ADL Regional Director, gave a brief overview of what they are doing in schools to prevent bullying and shared a little history about the ADL. Erin Beacham, ADL Education Director, led the group in an interactive game called “hands up” that showed the crowd exactly what they might have in common with people unlike themselves. She also led the participants in a “Stop Bullying” chant with the help of her friend, rap artist “Tropakana,” while the participants raised their posters with anti-bullying sayings. We closed out the rally with a selfie of Erin and all of the students.
To learn more about how your school can become a “No Place for Hate” school, please visit www.atlanta.adl.org/npfh. To purchase Brian Jordan’s Time Out for Bullies book, please