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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.

Braves Unveil New Military Appreciation Jersey

The Braves recently held a press conference to unveil a new military appreciation jersey that the team will wear this season.

Team President John Schuerholz, Braves Manger Fredi Gonzalez and first baseman Freddie Freeman unveiled the newest addition to the Braves on-field wardrobe. The Braves were honored to present the first of these authentic jerseys to General Jim Butterworth from the Georgia National Guard and Army veteran Vondell Brown of the Wounded Warrior Project.

New Jersey Unveiling

The jersey will be worn for special home games when the team is honoring the nation’s service men and women. This new jersey is similar to the red jersey as seen in seasons past, however this it will feature white stars inside of the blue Braves logo across the chest and have an American flag patch on the left sleeve.

Authentic replica jerseys will also be sold at Turner Field and at the Clubhouse Store at the CNN Center with a portion of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“We have always supported and recognized our armed forces through various events and community outreach initiatives,” Braves President John Schuerholz said. “By creating this new military appreciation jersey, we can bring more attention to them while also supporting very deserving organizations who will benefit from the auctions and sales of the jerseys.”

The team will wear these special jerseys during the following games:

April 26 vs. Cincinnati Reds – Military Family Night

June 13 Los Angeles Angels – United States Army Anniversary

July 26 San Diego Padres – United States Marines Celebration

August 30 Miami Marlins – United States Navy Celebration

September 19 New York Mets – United States Air Force Anniversary

Each game worn jersey will then be autographed by your favorite players and auctioned online to benefit our military partner charities including the USO, the Wounded Warrior Project, United Military Care, Inc., Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative and BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative.

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Be sure to visit braves.com to place your bid and support our soldiers and their families!

2014 Atlanta Braves Honorary Bat Girl Contest

Braves fans, do you know a courageous person who has battled or is battling breast cancer?

Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Braves are looking for our 2014 Honorary Bat Girl. This Mother’s Day we are celebrating the stories of Braves fans who are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” in their daily lives. As part of our continued support in bringing awareness to this disease we want to honor our fans and celebrate their journey.

IMG_4149Now through March 24, submit a story about how you or someone you know is “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” and why they deserve to be an Honorary Atlanta Braves Bat Girl.

One (1) Honorary Bat Girl will be selected and will be recognized during an on-field presentations on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 at Turner Field before the Braves vs. Chicago Cubs game. The winner will also receive four (4) game tickets, a Louisville Slugger Pink engraved bat and a commemorative jersey.

Visit http://www.honorarybatgirl.com to submit your stories and learn more about this exciting opportunity!

2013 Braves Angel Tree and Holiday Bowling Party

Every holiday season, the Atlanta Braves host special holiday activities to enhance the lives of others. In the Spirit of Giving, we adopted senior citizens for our Angel Tree program and we also hosted our annual “Braves Bowl,” a holiday bowling party for military families.

We know that the holidays can be difficult for those who do not have anyone to share them with. We wanted to do something different and decided to help our senior citizens who are sometimes forgotten around the holidays.

We partnered with Second Wind Dreams, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the perception of aging.  Second Wind Dreams offers education on dementia, grants wishes for seniors, and educates the general population on issues related to the elderly. Braves employees adopted 50 senior citizens residing at Decatur Senior Living and College Park Healthcare. These seniors, ranging in ages from age 60 to 95 were gifted with items from their wish lists including sweatsuits, alarm clocks, robes, socks, hats, gloves and candy. As you can see, these seniors didn’t ask for much, so it was the least we could do put smiles on their faces just in time for Christmas!

Angel Tree 2013

We continued to spread holiday cheer for 40 military families at our annual Braves “Braves Bowl” Holiday Party at Midtown Bowl.  This is the third year that we have held this event to honor and thank the soldiers and their families for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country.

Parents and children from the United Military Care Inc., Wounded Warrior Project, and the Georgia National Guard were greeted by Homer the Mascot, and received a warm welcome from Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez.  Braves Alumni Marty Perez and Johnny Estrada along with and Gwinnett Braves Manager Brian Snitker also came out to bowl with the families, sign autographs and take pictures. To round out the day, three lucky soldiers got the opportunity to bowl against Estrada, Perez and Gonzalez for bragging rights and Braves prize packs.

Many thanks to the Braves front office staff, our alumni players, coaches, the Braves 400 Club volunteers, Midtown Bowl and Second Wind Dreams for making this holiday seasons’ activities a huge success!

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2013 UMPS Care Charities BLUE Crew Visits

The MLB umpires offer memorable baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth through the UMPS Care Charities BLUE Crew Tickets program. This season the Atlanta Braves facilitated two BLUE Crew Ticket visits with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, a mentoring organization that serves over 3,390 youth in Metro Atlanta. The organization pairs children and their families with caring adults that can provide strong and encouraging friendships that impacts children’s lives for the better.

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The first UMPS Care visit was held with umpires Jim Wolf and Jeff Nelson. The second visit was hosted by umpires Marvin Hudson and Wally Bell. The honorary guests were greeted at the main gates of Turner Field with goodies bags filled with Braves gear, snacks, and concession coupons courtesy of the Braves and UMPS Care Charities.  The guests were escorted to the umpires

Locker room to meet the officials for the day’s game. Inside the  umpires locker rooms, the officials spoke about their pre-game agenda and signed baseballs for the group. They also got the chance to view the instant replay box and walked through the umpires tunnel to the field.  On the field, the umpires showed them their positions during the game, answered questions and discussed the favorite part of their roles. The visit ended with the umpires and the special guests taking a group photo on the field.

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Many thanks to MLB Umpires Jim, Jeff, Marvin and Wally for their time during pre-game to meet with the youth and adults and expose them to different type of baseball experience.

Atlanta RBI Hits a Homerun in 2013

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Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to increase participation in baseball and softball among underserved youth. The Atlanta Braves partner with the Pattillo-RBI Atlanta league to further that mission. This season, Pattillo-RBI Atlanta athletes participated in various clinics and tournaments hosted by the Braves, received multiple grants, won an RBI Softball World Series, and had the chance to attend several Braves games courtesy of BJ Upton and RBI Alum, Justin Upton.

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The Upton brothers donated Braves tickets to the Reach Out, Be Our Guest Program, which enable the Braves organization to provide complimentary tickets to children and individuals who would otherwise not have the means to attend a professional baseball game.  The RBI athletes had a chance to come to the games early, watch batting practice and meet the Uptons and other Braves players.

In August, the Pattillo-RBI Atlanta softball team defeated the Houston RBI team in Minneapolis to bring home the World Series title. The team entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed but left the tournament champions with a 4-3 victory in the final game. This title represents the 8th for the Atlanta softball team, the most in league history.

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To cap off a successful season, Pattillo-RBI Atlanta received two monetary grants to help with the purchase of equipment, uniforms, umpire fees and travel fees. Chevrolet awarded $2,100 from the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel MLB road trip celebration and recording artist Scotty McCreery presented the league with $5,000, as part of his six-city Major League Baseball stadium tour. The softball team even got the chance to meet Scotty before his post game concert and participate in a check presentation on the field.

The Braves congratulate RBI Atlanta for all of their accomplishments this season. For more information on the RBI program, please visit the website here.

Atlanta Braves and State Farm Insurance Honor Local Nonprofit Organizations

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During the 2013 season, the Atlanta Braves teamed up with State Farm Insurance to recognize local nonprofit organizations for their unwavering commitment to the community with the State Farm Pitch In Award. Six local organizations were honored for their service to the community: The Study Hall, Emmaus House, The Miracle League, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, Latin American Association, and the East Lake Foundation. Representatives from these organizations each received an award from a State Farm representative and an Atlanta Braves player in special pregame presentations.

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The Study Hall is an after-school and summer camp program that serves elementary school children in Peoplestown, the community surrounding Turner Field. The Study Hall provides year round services and offers an educational and enrichment curriculum that equips children to achieve sustained personal and academic success.

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Emmaus House is a center for community life on the corner of Hank Aaron Drive and Haygood Avenue in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field.  Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Emmaus House offers over 150,000 hours of direct service in programs for youth, adults, seniors and families each year.

The Miracle League was founded in Rockdale County, just east of Turner Field, to allow children with special needs participate in America’s favorite pastime. Today there are 250 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia. The Miracle League serves over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities. These teams play on a specialty playing surface designed to facilitate wheelchairs and walkers and use ‘buddies’ (community volunteers and children) to assist the players.

Rally Foundation is a non-profit foundation that empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Former Braves pitcher, Tom Glavine, has served as a spokesperson and has led the Money in the Mitt fundraising campaign. Brian McCann and his wife Ashley are also spokespeople and are actively involved in raising awareness and funds for the Rally Foundation.

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The mission of the Latin American Association is to empower Latinos to achieve their academic, social, and economic aspirations. Today, as the leading service provider of social services for the Latino community in metro Atlanta, the LAA offers a range of programs that guide Latinos with solutions to address their basic needs and provide them with the information and skills necessary to achieve their fullest potential. The LAA aims to increase family stability, build skills, promote the development of Latino individuals, families and youth, and promote community involvement.

Founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, the East Lake Foundation collaborates with public and private organizations to offer Atlanta’s East Lake residents opportunities to build a better future through education for children and adults, affordable housing, job readiness and connections with the broader community. Other cities seeking to transform their neighborhoods are turning to the Foundation for best practices.

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.

The Atlanta Braves and Kroger Team Up With the Atlanta Community Food Bank to Strike Out Hunger

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters signing autographs on Friday, May 3rd

During the 2013 season, the Atlanta Braves and Kroger partnered to host Strike Out Hunger. This community initiative raised awareness on the disparity of hunger in Georgia and resources to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank procures over 45 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to over 600 hunger relief programs in 29 metro Atlanta  and North Georgia Communities.

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Friday Nights at Turner Field were known as Strike Out Hunger Night. Braves Fans made canned food and monetary donations to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In exchange for their contributions fans received autographs from current Braves pitchers. Additionally, several Braves Alumni, including Javy Lopez, Charlie Leibrandt, Jim Nash, Terry Pendleton, and Greg McMichael supported this initiative at various Kroger locations by signing autographs for fans that made donations to the Strike Out Hunger initiative.

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Atlanta Braves Alumni Jim Nash at Kroger

Strike Out Hunger was a huge success due to the team effort of our partner Kroger, fans all over Braves Country, Braves alumni, and Braves pitchers including Tim Hudson, Jonny Venters, Luis Avilan, Craig Kimbrel, Kris Medlen, Alex Wood, Jordan Walden, Julio Tehran, Paul Maholm, Luis Ayala, Anthony Varvaro, and Freddy Garcia.

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Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel signing autographs on Friday, June 14th

To cap off a successful season, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and Kroger representative Glen Jenkins, presented a check to Sara Fonder-Kristy of the Atlanta Community Food Bank on the field before the final home game of this season.  Strike Out Hunger resulted in the collection of 9,228 pounds of food and $10,247 to assist the Atlanta Community Food Bank in providing healthy meals to Georgia families in need.

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Atlanta Braves Future Stars Host Youth Baseball Clinic

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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.

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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.

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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.

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