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!
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.
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
This season, the Atlanta Braves partnered with UMPS Care Charities, established by Major League Baseball umpires, to help offer memorable baseball experiences for at-risk youth in mentoring programs through the BLUE Crew Tickets program. The youth participants and their mentors were selected from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to attend a Braves game at Turner Field, and meet the umpires before the game. This experience is designed to strengthen relationships of at-risk youth and adult caregivers.
We hosted this program several times throughout the season. Upon arrival, we escorted our special guests to meet the umpires. They were very gracious, allowing the children to try on their umpire gear, step onto the field prior to the game, and answer all of their questions regarding baseball and the art of umpiring. The umpires were very engaging and enthusiastic about their jobs. Most of the guests had never attended a Braves game before, which made these opportunities all the more special. They even received their very own official Major League baseball along with goody bags courtesy of the Braves and UMPS care, full of snacks such as cracker jacks and skittles, cash to spend on food and beverage in the ballpark, Braves caps and foam Tomahawks.
Together, the Braves and UMPS Care helped to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences and make a positive impact on the youth in our community, and we look forward to helping make more memories like these happen again next season!
In honor of Chipper Jones’ retirement from baseball, the Atlanta Braves Foundation pledged to refurbish ten baseball fields throughout metro Atlanta.
Earlier this month we refurbished the third field which was located at Powder Springs Park, Home of the Powder Springs Park Youth Baseball Association.
Ed Mangan, the Braves award-winning head groundskeeper, completed the work in record time! He and his crew worked hard to improve the field and make it look brand new. Some of the work they did included regrading the infield and replacing it with new sod, cutting in a new mound area and replacing all bases and homeplate, installing new nets on the foul poles.
After the field work was completed, they added the finishing touches by painting the foul poles and foul lines, the dugout benches and the scorers stand.
To celebrate the new and improved field Braves players Cameron Maybin and Ross Detwiler were joined by Braves alumni players Marquis Grissom Mark Wohlers, Terry Harper and Craig Skok for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Braves Heavy Hitters and the Tomahawk Team kicked off the morning with an exciting performance.
Braves EVP of Business Operations, Mike Plant, spoke on behalf of the Braves and along with Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn, Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee, Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid and Powder Springs Baseball President Wade Baker.
To close out the dedication, a celebratory ribbon cutting was followed by a ceremonial first pitch with the Braves players and youth from the Powder Springs Baseball Association.
We look forward to coming back out to Powder Springs Park to see the youth in action on their brand new refurbished field!