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The Atlanta Braves Foundation Online Auction – Live Now!

Go check out the Braves online auction happening now at Braves Foundation Online Auction and bid on autographed memorabilia, unique experiences and more!

Freddie Freeman Autographed Bat & Helmet

Each month there are new items added to our online auction page, where fans are able to bid on authentic items signed by their favorite players and alumni.  Featured auction items include signed baseballs, bats, gloves, photos, and much more. A unique auction item featured in this month’s auction is our on-field experience, this once in a lifetime encounter takes fans up close and personal during Braves batting practice prior to a home game.

Craig Kimbrel Autographed Photo

All proceeds from the monthly online auctions benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation, the non-profit charitable arm of your favorite team, the Atlanta Braves.  With fans support,  we are able to give back to local organizations through the grants program and maintain an active role in our community. Last season, the Braves Foundation awarded more than $300,000 to local non-profit organizations with support from the online and game day auctions. This is a great opportunity to obtain authentic Braves items all while supporting our mission of giving back to our community.

Remember to check out the monthly auction Braves Foundation Online Auction and bid on your favorite items before it’s too late! Bidding ends April 6th at 8:00 p.m.

The Braves Foundation Celebrates the Unveiling of the Briarwood Park “Little Free Library”

The Braves Foundation teamed up with our 2013 Grant recipient, The Cross Keys Foundation, to celebrate the unveiling of the Briarwood Park “Little Free Library” on January 16.

We were joined by various media outlets as well as representatives from area schools, the Brookhaven Police department, City of Brookhaven elected officials and lots of neighborhood kids and families.CrossKeys133

The “Little Free Library” establishes a highly visible monument to the importance of literacy and early reading and neighborhood parks. The Briarwood Park “Little Free Library” is the first of many libraries to come and will stand as testimony of the community’s commitment to education. Most importantly, the children will be reminded of this fact every time they visit the playground.

The children will have the opportunity to take a book and bring it back, or simply keep them. Cross Keys Foundation partners including the Briarwood Park Conservancy and Brookhaven Storage have committed to host book drives in an effort to keep the libraries stocked with books. Community volunteers will see to it that the “Little Free Library” is stocked on a continual basis. Everyone in attendance was encouraged to add a book to the library.

The goal of the project is to promote excitement about reading among elementary age children and much to our delight, the children couldn’t get to the books fast enough as they immediately begin to takes the book and start reading!

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Atlanta Braves Foundation Awards $175,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofit Organizations

Milwaukee Brewers v Atlanta BravesThe Atlanta Braves Foundation serves as the nonprofit arm of the Atlanta Braves, striving to support Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations and their programs. On Tuesday, September 24th, the Atlanta Braves Foundation awarded $175,000 in grants to 31 deserving organizations prior to that night’s matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers. These funds will be used for anti-bullying campaigns, after-school programs, health and wellness efforts, educational projects, athletic programs, and much more.

Funds for the Atlanta Braves Foundation Grants program are generated through annual activities, including Lead-Off Luncheon, Atlanta Braves Foundation Golf Classic, Foundation Weekend, 50/50 Raffle, and silent auctions throughout the season.

Since its inception in 1992, the Atlanta Braves Foundation has provided support and resources to thousands of metro Atlanta-based organizations and has contributed more than $5.3 million in financial assistance to the community. Through the generous support of Braves players and staff, sponsors and fans, the Atlanta Braves Foundation continuously strives to improve the quality of life for our youth.

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Summary of the 2013 Atlanta Braves Foundation Grant Recipients and Initiatives:

  • 100 Black Men of Atlanta will provide support and improve the quality of life for African American youth in Atlanta through the Project Success program.
  • A Friend’s House will purchase new sporting equipment for youth and families.
  • Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA will focus on enhancing the amount of wellness and fitness activities for children.
  • Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region will use funds to support the “No Place for Hate” anti-bullying initiative.
  • Atlanta Track Club will allocate funding to support the Kilometer Kids program dedicated to inspiring youth to achieve health and fitness through a fun and supportive running program.
  • Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc. will provide support, education and advocacy for traumatized children and their families.
  • Camp Sunshine will enrich the lives of Georgia’s children with cancer and their families through year round recreational, educational and support programs.
  • Camp Twin Lakes provides camp programs for children with serious illnesses and other life challenges.
  • Children’s Bilingual Theater will use the grant to support a touring theatrical anti-bullying campaign that addresses bullying of developmentally disabled and medically fragile children.
  • Christian Aid Mission Partnership will provide clothing, food, educational programs and family support services in Cobb County.
  • Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery will help individuals receive therapy and therapeutic equipment to promote nerve regeneration and provide funding for scientific research to cure paralysis.
  • Cobb Health Futures Foundation will support an interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13.
  • Cobb Schools Foundation will focus on college-readiness preparation by proving tutorial and counseling for SAT/ACT exams and college planning during an after-school enrichment program.
  • Cool Girls, Inc. will support the Cool Fitness Program to enhance the self-empowerment of girls in low-income communities.
  • Corrigan Care will support Emmy’s Academy, an early intervention childcare center that provides developmental childcare for special needs children.
  • Cross Keys Foundation will purchase several “Little Free Library” units to promote reading among youth in immigrant communities.
  • Dream Makers Youth Foundation will fund the S.T.A.R.S. (Sports Teams for All Regardless of ‘Specialty”) Adaptive Sports Program that serves children with Autism, Down syndrome, and special needs.
  • East Lake Foundation will support the Charles R. Drew after-school program.
  • Georgia Ave Food Cooperative will provide food for families in southeast Atlanta.
  • Growing Leaders will provide workshops on leadership, college and careers for high school students.
  • Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation will help fund the WOW! Program which provides memorable vacations for families dealing with cancer.
  • Kate’s Club will empower children and teens facing life after death of a parent or sibling through family outings during the holidays.
  • Latin American Association will fund a program that helps Latino youth succeed in school and advance to higher education.
  • L.E.A.D. will support the organization’s year-round baseball and life-skills development program for middle and high school students in Atlanta.
  • Reconnecting Families will provide the Celebrating Families! curriculum written for families that are dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect.
  • The Brian Jordan Back to the Future Foundation will support Camp Jordan, a free baseball clinic for more than 200 disadvantaged children.
  • The Scholarship Academy will fund a curriculum-based scholarship preparatory program for low-income, first generation students.
  • Villages of Carver Family YMCA will use funds to support the youth baseball initiatives at the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Academy.
  • Yes! Atlanta will support the Coaching for Success partnership with the Fulton County Juvenile Court.
  • YMCA of Rome Georgia will fund the free afterschool program for youth in kindergarten through fifth grade in Floyd County.
  • YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Inc. will provide summer camp opportunities for children of domestic violence victims.

Atlanta Braves Future Stars Host Youth Baseball Clinic

Minor League

On Saturday, September 28th, twelve of the Atlanta Braves top prospects volunteered their time to put on a free baseball clinic for kids ages 8-12. The Atlanta Braves organizational pitchers and players of the year are tasked with a community service project every year, this year they chose to put on a baseball skills clinic at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy located at the Carver YMCA.

Minor League

The following Future Stars participated in the clinic: Tommy La Stella, Mississippi Braves; Robby Hefflinger, Lynchburg Hillcats; Shae Simmons and Jose Peraza, Rome Braves; Andrew Waszak and Victor Caratini, Danville Braves; Oriel Caicedo and Victor Reyes, Gulf Coast League Braves; Felix Falcon and Kelvin Esteves, Dominican Summer League; overall organizational player of the year Josh Elander, Rome Braves and Lynchburg Hillcats and overall organizational pitcher of the year, Luke Sims; Rome Braves.

Minor League

The youth baseball players cycled through various stations focusing on hitting, base running, pop flies, and fielding. Following their rotation through all of the stations, all of the athletes lined up to receive Atlanta Braves goody bags, complete with a hat and foam tomahawk, before filing through the autograph line, and picking up their tickets to one of the two final home games of the regular season.

7th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game Presented by Kroger and WellStar

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On Saturday, September 14th, the Atlanta Braves partnered with Kroger, WellStar, and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for the seventh Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The day-long celebration of survivorship honored those who have courageously battled breast cancer, and raised awareness and funds to support research, education and advocacy for cancer patients and their families throughout Braves Country.

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

Breast Cancer survivors, friends, and family members were invited to a pre-game reception and were welcomed by Laura Taylor – Breast Nurse Navigator at WellStar Douglas Hospital and Crystal Mantooth – Sr. Director of Community Events with American Cancer Society, and  featuring guest speaker Shondia McFadden-Sabari, Executive Director of BOLDANDBREASTLESS, Inc. Shondia has been featured in national and local outlets such as Essence Magazine and Huffington Post. In 2011, at age 36, Shondia was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. She chose not to have reconstructive surgery because she feels that life is all the really matters. Shondia shares her story with countless women around the United States in an effort to encourage early detection and to provide support and hope to other survivors.

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

To close out the reception, Braves Pitcher, David Carpenter, helped recognize our Diamond of Hope award winners. This year inspirational survivors who have engaged in the fight against breast cancer or assisted other survivors through their difficult struggle were honored.

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

This incredible event would not have been possible without the help of volunteers from the Braves 400 Fan Club, Georgia State University, and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

Following the reception, more than 300 Breast Cancer survivors, participated in a moving on-field ceremony that ended with a balloon release representing the hope that a cure for Breast Cancer will be found. Joining the survivors on the field was Braves catcher Evan Gattis, who stood with Leticia Reinke, wife of his college baseball coach.

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2013 Diamond of Hope Winners:

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Erma Killings nominated by her son, Justin, and friend Ruby for being an inspiration to others diagnosed with Breast Cancer and not once letting the cancer dull her light.

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

Jennifer Wachacha nominated by her sister, Lovedy Paige Gross, for her outstanding dedication to fundraising for research and eventually a cure for Breast Cancer.

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

Christa McArthur nominated by her husband, David, for not missing a step when she was diagnosed, continuing her work as an oncology nurse and even mixing her own chemo on occasion.

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TeMaya Eatmon nominated by Stacey Chavis for making it her personal mission to change the face of Breast Cancer so that younger women are made more aware of symptoms and signs for early detection.

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Shondia McFadden-Sabari nominated by the Braves Community Affairs department for her outstanding work to generate awareness in the metro Atlanta area.

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5th Annual Youth Baseball Classic Presented by Bank of America

Youth Baseball Classic

In its fifth year, the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic presented by Bank of America, brought together young baseball teams from all across the Southeast to compete in a round robin/bracket style tournament. Due to the success and popularity of the program since our humble beginnings of 32 teams, the Youth Baseball Classic moved locations to Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. The change in venue allowed the event to accommodate 24 additional teams of ball players ages 5 – 13.

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

Teams traveled from as far as South Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina to compete in the classic. Upon check-in they received goody bags, complete with hats, tomahawks, and t-shirts. Round play for the older teams began on Friday night and continued into Saturday morning. The first games on Saturday started bright and early, 7:00 am to be exact, and the field lights had to be turned on for those teams.

Youth Baseball Classic

At noon on Saturday, the athletes had a group of special visitors including Alpharetta City Council Member Jim Gilvin, Mike Perry, Director of Recreation and Parks, Ben Easterling, Chair of the Alpharetta Recreation Commission, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood, and of course, Homer the Brave! Participating teams then took team photos with Alex Wood before the skills competition for the 5/6 and 7/8 age divisions and one last game for the older teams. Athletes also had a chance to visit with former Braves star Brian Jordan and purchase autographed copies of his children’s books.

Youth Baseball Classic

Saturday had even more in store for the athletes, friends, and families – including tickets to that night’s matchup against the Miami Marlins complete with a pregame parade. Sunday, the final day of the tournament, promised a slightly later start time and a higher level of competition – the championship games loomed at the end of the afternoon. The last game and trophy presentation wrapped up just before a lovely sunset appropriately capped off the 5th Youth Baseball Classic.

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

The 5th Annual Youth Baseball Classic was a huge success, and would not have been possible without the help of volunteer scorekeepers from the Braves 400 Fan Club, Georgia State University, and Bank of America Georgia.

Division Champions:

13 Division: Upstate Showcase

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

11/12 Division: South Georgia Elite

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

9/10 Division: East Cobb Braves

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

7/8 Division: Bandits

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic

5/6 Division: Warriors Orange

Youth Baseball Classic

Skills Champions:

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Skills Champions with Homer, Braves utility player Elliot Johnson, and Geri Thomas, President of Bank of America Georgia

7/8 Base Running: Caden High – South Gwinnett Rattlers

7/8 Golden Arm: Mason Ray – Northport Rage

7/8 Home Run Derby – Walker Westmoreland – Macon Impact

5/6 Base Running: Steele Ingram – Warriors Orange

5/6 Base Golden Arm: Riley McCallum – North Macon All-Stars Blue

5/6 Home Run Derby: Cole Carr – North Macon All-Stars Blue

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Miracle League Fantasy Camp

Miracle League Baseball Clinic

The Miracle League and Atlanta Braves both believe that “every child deserves to play baseball,” so one can imagine how excited both organizations were when Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids reached out interested in facilitating a Fantasy Camp specifically for Miracle League players.

Miracle League Baseball Clinic

The invitation was sent out to Miracle League teams from parks all over Braves Country, and participants showed up from as far away as North Carolina, Augusta, and Macon. The camp was held on Saturday, August 17th at Hunter Memorial Park in Douglasville.

Miracle League Baseball Clinic

Players arrived at the park at 10 am for check-in and were surprised to receive their very own, personalized Atlanta Braves jersey. The jerseys weren’t the only surprise in store for the Miracle League athletes, as the Mayor of Douglasville made a special stop as well! Mayor Harvey Persons then introduced the Braves special guests – starting with our very own Homer the Brave! Up next were Braves pitchers Alex Wood and Anthony Varvaro, followed by utility man Paul Janish, then Strength and Conditioning coach Phil Falco.

Miracle League Baseball Clinic

Before the skills fun could get started, Coach Falco made sure everyone was properly stretched out and ready. Participants were then broken into groups where they rotated from station to station. Alex Wood led the hitting station – participants hit from a tee on the pitcher’s mound into the fence behind homeplate. From there they moved to left field where Anthony Varvaro and volunteers from 5 Tool Sports Training Center in Douglasville helped athletes perfect the art of fielding a ground ball.

Miracle League Baseball Clinic

Shortly after fielding ground balls, the athletes moved over to the pop fly station. Infielder Paul Janish showed athletes how to properly hold their glove when catching pop flies. Last, but certainly not least, the athletes worked with Coach Falco and Douglas County High School Baseball Head Coach Alex Duhaime to teach the athletes the proper way to play catch.

Miracle League Baseball Clinic

To close out the clinic, participants all lined up to make a trip around the bases before enjoying lunch. In addition to their jerseys, all participants received an Atlanta Braves goody bag and tickets to that night’s matchup against the Washington Nationals.

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Atlanta Braves and PNC Bank Garden of Hope

Garden of HopeOn Wednesday, August 14th the Atlanta Braves, PNC Bank, City of Refuge, The Fernbank Museum, and the Woodruff Arts Center Young Audiences program teamed up to teach 50 kids from Sheltering Arms Child Care about where their food comes from and how to make healthy choices. PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great initiative helps prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life.

Garden of Hope

Children from Sheltering Arms arrived at City of Refuge bright and early to get started; the kids sat down in the gym and heard from PNC’s Regional President, Eddie Meyers and Atlanta Braves General Manager Frank Wren. They were then divided into groups and sent off to their stations accompanied by Braves mascot Homer. The first station was led by City of Refuge’s Chad Angell. Chad taught the kids where the juice they enjoy comes from and how different fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots and celery can be used to make juice that’s delicious and nutritious. He then took the kids out to feed the fish in the greenhouse before they moved on to the raised bed areas.

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Greg Sluder, the director of City of Refuge’s Eden Garden, showed the kids how to harvest peppers and plant spices that will be used in City of Refuge’s 180 Kitchen. The kids also dug for worms and picked cherry tomatoes while in the garden. After a quick water break, they went back inside to the Fernbank Museum’s exhibit about Decomposers. The Fernbank brought out hissing cockroaches and a tub of dirt made entirely by worms! A few brave kids even held the worms.

Garden of Hope

After they finished playing with worms and cockroaches, the kids went to meet Holly Stevenson, a Young Audiences storyteller and actress. Holly read the kids a story about gardening and had them join in an interactive story telling experience.

Garden of Hope

Everyone then washed their hands and headed into the dining hall for a delicious lunch provided by Goldberg’s Deli with a side of Go Go Squeeze Applesauce.

Garden of Hope

To round out the day, Braves pitcher, David Carpenter, spoke to the children about how important it is to eat well and play outside.

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7th Annual Atlanta Braves Foundation Golf Classic

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The 7th annual Braves Foundation Golf Classic teed off at East Lake Golf Club in July and raised $150,000 to support the foundation’s outreach efforts and numerous charitable causes that support youth in the areas of education, health and recreation programs. Each foursome consisted of at least one Braves alumni or executive and they competed for a series of Braves themed prizes.

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The big story from the tournament was Michaela Owen. She is an incoming junior at Lambert High School in Suwanee, and she was a mere 4 feet away from taking home a brand new BMW.

The top three teams were:

Team Coors Light – 1st
Team Delta – 2nd
Team 680 the Fan – 3rd

Check out all of the team photos below:

Braves Wives Toy Drive and Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Every July, the Atlanta Braves spread holiday cheer during our annual “Christmas in July” hospital visits at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Shepherd Center. This year Braves front office staff members were joined by Braves players, their wives, and coaches for the special visits. Many of the toys, which were distributed to the children during this visit, were donated during the Braves Wives annual Toy Drive.

Christmas in July

Atlanta Braves players and their wives Craig and Ashley Kimbrel, Reed and Taryn Johnson, Tim and Kim Hudson, Jordan Walden and his girlfriend Deanna, along with Braves coaches Brian and his wife Ronnie Snitker and Roger McDowell visited children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The players and coaches were able to visit all the children in the hospital and participated in arts and crafts activities. Braves Manager, Fredi Gonzalez and his wife Pam, and Braves players Alex Wood, David Carpenter, and Paul Maholm spent time with patients at the Shepard Center.

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