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Braves Celebrate Survivors at Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

On Sunday, we celebrated our annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day to honor men who have courageously battled prostate cancer and raise awareness in support of prostate cancer research.

Dr. Martin Sanda, Professor and Chief of Urology at Emory School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare, and Dr. Scott Miller, Director of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Georgia Urology and Northside Hospital led a discussion, to a full room in a pre-game health seminar in an effort to increase prostate health awareness. Forty survivors, family members and fans who wanted to learn more about prostate health attended this very informative session.

Dr. Miller spoke on early detection while Dr. Sanda covered frontiers in patient-centered care. This was followed up by a joint Q&A segment where participants were able to learn more about the topics discussed in the seminar and the direction of finding a cure for this disease.

After the seminar, we walked the survivors down to the field, where they were honored during a pre-game ceremony. Braves manager Brian Snitker, coach Bo Porter and Pitcher Jim Johnson came out and met the survivors and participate in the ceremony.

We are so thankful for the prostate cancer survivors that spent their Sunday with us. It was a great event and the Braves winning was certainly icing on the cake! We are certainly excited to see all of our survivors next year at SunTrust Park!

Lindsey Haas: 2016 Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-A

On Monday, June 13, the Atlanta Braves honored Lindsey Haas as a Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-A. Lindsey is the founder of Fairy Tale Endings, a non-profit organization that collects dresses, shoes, and jewelry for disadvantaged teenage girls to attend prom. Fairy Tale Endings hosts private fittings and provides complimentary hair, make up, and photography services. Girls are referred to Fairy Tale Endings by guidance counselors at school, so that no other students know that they are in need.

After the birth of her first child, Lindsey wanted to show her daughter the importance of giving back to the community and the impact that one person can have. Lindsey had about 25 dresses that she didn’t know what to do with. Many of the dresses had sentimental value, so she wanted to do something special with them. In the first four months of Fairy Tale Endings, Lindsey was able to collect 600 dresses. Since Lindsey began her work in 2009, she has helped make the dreams of over 150 girls come true. Lindsey shared that the biggest personal reward is watching these girls transform into true princesses.

Fairy Tale Endings is in need of monetary donations to help with dry cleaning bills and prom tickets for those girls who can’t afford to attend prom. Larger dresses are harder to come by, so the organization is always looking for dresses size 16 and up and silver high heeled shoes.

To learn more about Fairy Tale Endings, please visit www.fairytaleendings.org.

Watch the video below to see Lindsey being honored at Turner Field!

250 Girls Take Over Turner Field at Annual She Can Play Fitness Festival

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The Braves hosted the annual She Can Play Fitness Festival at Turner Field for more than 200 girls from all over Metro Atlanta. She Can Play is a free, health and fitness initiative that focuses on teaching young girls about healthy living and encouraging them to become involved in sports by demonstrating the importance of leading an active lifestyle. This is one of three components to the She Is Brave initiative which educates, empowers and inspires girls through a series of programs that promotes self-esteem, healthy and active lifestyles and leadership skills.

Participants visited six fitness stations hosted by local health and fitness professionals, learning everything from Zumba and hip-hop dance to yoga and kickboxing. Each station and group was equipped with a wonderful volunteer from the Braves front office or a military group. We were so lucky to have a group from Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL who woke up extremely early and drove into town to volunteer at this event!

On homeplate patio, Kandice from KFit Zumba had the girls shaking their hips and letting loose while dancing to today’s hottest hits. Gloria McDowell, wife of the Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, learned the dance moves alongside the girls.

In left field, Carly Gill, founder of Daily Does It Fitness, taught girls the importance of strength training by demonstrating lunges, squats, jumping jacks, sit-ups and more.

Grace Snell stretched it out at the Yoga station in center field. At this station the girls focused on the art of being calm while working out their bodies and their minds.

Former collegiate softball player, Megan Gant and her 13U fast pitch softball team from Foundation Sports in Peachtree City taught softball skills in right field. Girls learned how to throw and catch fly balls/ground balls. Donna Reed, wife of Braves bullpen coach Marty Reed, relived her days of playing softball while assisting in this station.

In the plaza, we had two different stations happening at once. On the plaza stage, Mikayla McGee had the girls dancing to upbeat hits while teaching hip-hop cardio. The girls always look forward to this station! The real hit was the Peach State Health Plan station, who brought a food truck and handed out PowerAde, water, and healthy snacks to all participants.

To close out morning, the girls all gathered for lunch while Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong 4 Life team presented an interactive healthy living workshop. They gave tips such as adding more veggies and fruits to their plates, being active for 60 minutes a day, limiting screen time to one hour, drinking more water and cutting down on sugary drinks.

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A big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful instructors, group leaders, Air Force volunteers and Braves wives who volunteered their time to make this day extra special!

Scott Jergler: Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-A

 

On Memorial Day, the Atlanta Braves honored Scott Jergler, Director of the Atlanta Police Athletic League (PAL), as a Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-A. Atlanta PAL is a youth crime prevention initiative that includes recreational, athletic, and educational activities with the goal of building positive relationships between police officers, young people, and the community.

As the Director of PAL, Scott is in charge of day to day activities, in addition to being a coach. Scott coaches a youth baseball team, but he is actually more than a coach to the boys. He takes his team to other events outside of practice and games such as various forms of live entertainment, including a New Orleans Jazz Concert where the boys hopped up on stage to dance.

Scott keeps in touch with past players and hopes to be a resource for them in years to come. He has several former players who are currently in college and Scott shared that these boys are doing better than he could’ve hoped.

Please join the Braves in thanking Scott for all that he is doing for the Atlanta community.

For more information on the Atlanta Police Athletic League, please visit: http://www.atlantapal.com/

Watch the video below for the Braves’ tribute to Scott Jergler.

Celebrating Armed Forces Month at Turner Field with the Wounded Warrior Project

Last Thursday, in honor of Armed Forces Month and as part of our monthly Braves Care front office staff volunteer initiative, we welcomed members of the Wounded Warrior Project, a veteran service organization for wounded veterans, to Turner Field for the 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Classic.

The Warriors arrived at the ballpark around 10 am for a VIP all-access tour of the Braves Museum, ballpark, press box and the Braves Clubhouse. At the conclusion of their tour, the Warriors were joined by our front office staff for a “ballpark meal” in our patio space behind home plate.

Following lunch, we led them down to the field to take batting practice from home plate! They couldn’t hit live batting practice on a Major League Baseball field without bats and gloves, so at that point we let the warriors know that everyone was going home with some new baseball equipment compliments of Mizuno Baseball.

Once they took the field, Braves alumni Greg McMichael, Jim Nash, Johnny Estrada, and Alejandro Pena joined the group as batting practice coaches for the Warriors.

Just like the pros, each Warrior had the chance to take about 10 swings from the tortoise shell. When they weren’t hitting, they were fielding balls with Braves staff in the outfield and mingling with alumni players.

The Braves alumni gladly signed autographs and took photos with the Warriors, and at the end of their visit, our special guests gathered by the Braves dugout for a group photo.

We are so thankful for their service and were equally excited to host another wonderful event for them this year! Each warrior and their family will be in attendance to watch the Braves take on the Miami Marlins this Saturday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day weekend.

Atlanta Braves Foundation Leadoff Luncheon

On Wednesday, April 6th, we hosted our final Leadoff Luncheon at Turner Field in the 755 Club. This exclusive event acts as one of the many fundraisers for the Atlanta Braves Foundation and allows fans and sponsors a chance to have lunch with a Braves player or coach from the Opening Day roster.

Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz welcomed everyone to the event, and Braves broadcasters Chip Caray, Joe Simpson, Jim Powell, and Don Sutton all facilitated round table discussions between the Braves newbies and veterans. New to the Braves, Tyler Flowers, Gordon Beckham, and Ender Inciarte sat on the Braves “Newbies” round table while Braves veteran players such as Freddie Freeman, Jason Grilli, Kelly Johnson and Jeff Franceour talked about their role in the clubhouse with the younger prospects on the Braves Veterans round table.  This portion of the program gave all participants an inside look on what to expect out of their team this season. Participants also got to hear from Braves President of Baseball Operations John Hart and Manager Fredi Gonzalez.

The luncheon included a silent auction for participants to place bids on unique Atlanta Braves autographed memorabilia.

Overall, this was a very successful fundraiser for the Braves Foundation and a great way to kick off the 2016 Braves baseball season!

Philip Ross: 2016 Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-a

On Opening Day, the Atlanta Braves honored Philip Ross as a 2016 Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-A. Philip is the Founder and Executive Director of Bright Futures Atlanta (BFA), which is a year-round program that includes an academy, after-school program, and a summer camp. BFA was created in 2002 to promote spiritual, academic and physical development for youth and their families in the Bankhead Highway area of West Atlanta. The program is open to middle and high school students and all three aspects are mandatory. The goal of BFA is for the students to emerge as self-sufficient and personally accountable with positive career direction and the tools necessary for lifelong achievement.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Philip Ross’ work is his personal devotion to the students and their success. Philip and his wife, Gail, built the after school facility – the Bright Futures House – on the same property as their family home. The Bright Futures House features a game room, a full kitchen, a computer lab, a beach volleyball court and a basketball hoop. Gail, with the help of staff members and volunteers, provides snacks and/or dinner for the students three nights per week. BFA students also receive breakfast and lunch every morning at the Academy.

Philip shared that his favorite element of BFA is summer camp because that is where the real “family” bonds are established. Summer camp kicks off every year with a trip to Panama City Beach for a week. Back in Atlanta, the camp consists of regular camp activities such as recreation, arts, and field trips to exciting events around the city. At the end of the summer, the leaders take the students to Southwest Virginia to spend eight nights at a community church center. In Southwest Virginia, the youth have the opportunity to participate in activities that they would otherwise never be exposed to such as tubing down the New River, hiking up to the Cascade falls, and going to a dairy farm.

The Atlanta Braves are thrilled to honor Philip and highlight the work that he, his wife, and his staff members are doing to help the underserved youth in Braves Country. Please help us in congratulating Philip Ross on being chosen as a 2016 Braves Country Community Hero presented by Chick-fil-a.

Since 2002, BFA has grown tremendously, almost doubling in size over the past three years, which is a testament to the positive impact that the program is having on the community. Currently, BFA is undergoing renovation to double their current student capacity. BFA needs community help with fundraising and resources to keep up with their rapidly growing student population. BFA relies heavily on volunteer resources and is currently looking for dependable, consistent volunteers. The needs range from after school tutors to community members who can provide services that are typically available to large businesses such as digital marketing or bookkeeping.

Watch the video below to see how the Braves honored Philip at Turner Field! 

For more information on the organization and how you can help, please visit http://www.bfatl.org/. Supporters can also text “give” to 678-582-8005 to donate.

Play Ball! Atlanta Community Stops

Over the past few weeks, the Community Affairs Department has been attending the Opening Day festivities of youth baseball and softball leagues around Metro Atlanta to promote Play Ball! Atlanta.

Play Ball! Atlanta is designed to increase participation in the game of baseball and softball (and related activities) through various grassroots initiatives and show the Braves’ commitment to the community through special appearances at youth league baseball and softball games.

Braves mascot, Homer, has been on site to lead parades, pose for pictures and energize the players. The Braves B.A.T. Team, provides pitching and batting inflatables and Braves-themed giveaways. At Sharpsburg Youth Baseball, Braves alumni, Johnny Estrada, threw out the ceremonial first pitch!

At each Play Ball! Atlanta Community Stop, we host a drive for gently used baseball and softball equipment in partnership with Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). BTF is a Major League Baseball initiative that supports the growth of youth baseball and softball in communities that need additional support. They provide grants for better playing fields, equipment and uniforms. Every person who donates is entered into a drawing for a chance to win Braves autographed memorabilia.

Thank you to our league hosts – Murphey Candler Little League, Kennesaw Baseball Association, North Gwinnett Baseball/Softball Association, Druid Hills Youth Sports, Sharpsburg Youth Baseball – and to all community members who have donated to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund equipment drive!

Braves FanFest 2016 – We’ll See You There!

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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!

Braves Foundation Awards Over $400 Thousand in Annual Grant Program

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.

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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!