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Braves, Babies and Baseball!

The Braves Wives invited 25 special military moms-to-be to Turner Field recently for an unforgettable baby shower to help them celebrate their upcoming journey into motherhood. IMG_1496

Thanks to Lennie Rubin with United Military Care, Inc. we were able to invite ladies from military bases all over the state of Georgia including Ft. Stewart, Ft. Benning, Robbins Air Force, Ft. Gordon and Georgia National Guard. Most of these women are married to brave men from different branches of the military, and two of our moms were both in the Navy. We also had one expectant mother give birth early and attend the shower with her five-day-old baby boy.

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The eager young mothers and their guests arrived at Turner Field and were escorted to the 755 Club and directed into the private party where they were greeted by the Braves Wives and enjoyed a lavish buffet and beautiful three tier vanilla cake donated by Tommy Rhodes of Rhodes Family Bakery. The Braves Wives in attendance included Pam Gonzalez, Nikki Russell, Angie Fletcher, Theresa Tosca, Leanna Floyd, Ashley Kimbrel, Tia Johnson, Carman Walker and Gabriella Perez. Greer Howard, BravesVision host and a military wife/mom herself, served as emcee and Braves President John Schuerholz addressed the men and women in attendance, thanked them for their service to our country, and congratulated them on the pending arrival of their babies.

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As they anxiously awaited the start of the shower, we wasted no time in getting the games started by asking each attendee to guess the number of diaper pins in the baby bottle.  Each shower game had many great prizes at stake donated from wonderful companies, which brought out the competitive side in everyone.

First on the agenda was a baby word search and a celebrity baby name game. Winners were rewarded lovely gift bags filled with necessities to get them through the first few months of motherhood. Some of the prizes included Pediped baby footwear and giftcards, delightful luxury European Pacapod baby bags, and the cutest little baby wetsuit by Konfidence USA.

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Next, Pam Gonzalez led the expectant mothers in a game where they were asked to guestimate how much toilet paper it would take to go around the mommy-to-be’s pregnant bellies. This game got a few husbands in trouble. The winner of this game walked away with the coveted Babyhome Eat highchair.

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Next, the ladies joined the Braves Wives in a circle of chairs to play a baby shower favorite, “Pass the Dirty Diaper.” They passed around a diaper filled with chocolate pudding, to the rules of hot potato. When the music stopped, the woman holding the dirty diaper was removed from the game. As the circle got smaller, the competition got more heated and eventually dwindled down to two ladies. After the last round, a winner was named and she walked away with a Naturalmat Coco Mat crib mattress valued at $400.

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In-between all of the fun shower games and activities, there were many raffle prizes to be won. All of the moms and theirs guests got the chance to win awesome prizes such as assorted items from MAM USA such as pacifiers, baby bottles and teethers as well as autographed Braves memorabilia.

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Finally, the winner who guessed the correct number of diaper pins in the baby bottle at check-in was revealed and received a Duux Air Humidifier.

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To round out the festivities, the Braves Wives presented each mom with large gift baskets filled with everything they will need to get them through the first couple of months after the babies are born. The gifts inside these beautiful baskets included: B.Box travel bibs and diaper wallets, Silikids silibibs, MAM feed and soothe bottle gift sets and pacifiers, Honest Company arrival sets, Target and Babies’R’Us gift cards purchases by the Braves Wives, Baby Blanket music CDs, Brian James Footwear giftcards, Konfidence baby swimwear and roll and go baby changers, and scrumptious chocolate chip cookies provided by Sensational Baskets and multiple boxes of Huggies diapers and wipes.  Many of these gifts were secured through Hilary Abbott, CEO of Hilary Abbott Communications, Inc. and high profile publicist. You can find many of her clients in publications like People Magazine!

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The shower ended just in time for some Braves baseball! The women and their guests all left their goodies with us while they enjoyed the magic of Turner Field. Overwhelmed with gratitude and all of their new precious goodies, the ladies were all very appreciative as they anticipate the new additions to their families.

This event was very successful in large part to the Braves Wives and our amazing partners who donated tons of great items for us to use as raffle prizes and gift basket goodies. A big thank you to our donors:

Braves support C.J. Stewart and L.E.A.D.

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On Wednesday February 27th, members of the Braves family joined C.J. Stewart, former outfielder in the Chicago Cubs organization, as he welcomed 16 students at Parks Middle School to be a part of the 2013 L.E.A.D. program. L.E.A.D. stands for Launch, Expose, Advise, and Direct.

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This is a program that C.J. and his board of directors, including his wife Kelli, started in 2007 to help students from inner city neighborhoods become better baseball players and better citizens in their community.

L.E.A.D. works with students from middle school to high school and since 2007, 100% of the students in the program have graduated from high school with 90% of them receiving baseball scholarships. This year, L.E.A.D. welcomed their first female member of the team at Parks Middle School with hopes of producing the first college softball scholarship from their program.

Last Wednesday was “Signing Day” at Parks Middle School. Students that were selected for the team received a hat and jersey and signed a contract to be a part of this program. This contract entailed their requirements of stellar academic and civic performance along with hard work in between the foul poles.

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The Braves are proud to support the efforts of L.E.A.D. as they look to make this their best year ever!

Atlanta Braves Host Youth Baseball Clinic and Summit during Civil Rights Game Weekend

In conjunction with Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game, on August 18 the Braves hosted the Braves Youth Baseball Clinic and Summit presented by Kia and MasterCard at Turner Field.

Held in partnership with L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct), an Atlanta-based nonprofit whose mission is to provide at-risk, inner-city youth with access to higher education and civic engagement through baseball, the free event provided the 300 youth in attendance with the opportunity to gain exposure to the sport of baseball.

During the event, the youth honed their hitting, pitching and fielding skills in fun and creative drills facilitated by L.E.A.D. Ambassadors and volunteers. Braves alumni Otis Nixon, Rick Camp, Charlie Liebrandt and Greg McMichael were also on hand to provide guidance during the activities.

After the clinic, participants were treated to lunch and participated in a summit. Guest speakers included:

Othello Nelson Renfroe, Jr. – Son of Othello Nelson “Chico” Renfroe, a member of the1938 Atlanta Black Crackers team that captured the second half championship of the Negro American League

Jasha Balcom – Dublin High School baseball stand-out turned actor who has a cameo as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”

Tim Sims – Minister and baseball letterman from Jackson High School in Jackson, Georgia who has a passion for youth and motivates them to pursue their dreams

Leron Rogers – Entertainment and sports attorney with experience representing high-profile celebrities in their professional and business ventures as well as corporations that conduct business in the entertainment and sports industries. 

Ronnie Richardson – Atlanta Braves Director of Minor League Operations

The summit speakers shared their life experience and spoke about the impact that the Civil Rights Movement had on their lives and how it helped inspire their success.

Click Here to see photos from the clinic courtesy of Phil Brooks, Quike Photography.

Braves Host 4th Annual Youth Baseball Classic

The Atlanta Braves hosted the 4th Annual Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic presented by Bank of America on August 3-5. Forty teams ages 5 -12 competed in the exciting pool play style tournament held at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy at the Villages at Carver Family YMCA.

Teams were broken into four divisions including 5-6 year olds, 7-8 year olds, 9-10 year olds, and 11-12 year olds.  Each team played a total of three games, and the division leaders faced off in a championship game on Sunday evening.

Division Champions:

5/6 Division: Acworth Blue Warriors

7/8 Division: Georgia Force

9/10 Division: Jr. Braves Red Hawks

11/12 Division: Carroll County Lions

The 5/6 and 7/8 year-old teams each selected three players to compete in a baseball skills competition.  The three events consisted of the Golden Arm Throwing Contest, the Fleet Feet Baserunning Competition, and the Home Run Derby.  Skills Competition winners were recognized in an on-field presentation prior to the Braves vs. Astros game.

Skills Competition Winners:

5/6 Golden Arm:  Landon Daniels, North Macon All-Stars, Macon, GA 

7/8 Golden Arm: John Daniel Coleman, Ball Busters, Clyo, GA

5/6 Fleet Feet: Maliki Jeffries, Black Eagles, Lawrenceville, GA

7/8 Fleet Feet: Leighton Finley, Wayne County Buzz, Jesup, GA

5/6 Home Run Derby: Steven Gregory, Rockmart Yellow Jackets, Rockmart, GA

7/8 Home Run Derby: Hunter Roney, The Wolf Pack, Jenkinsburg, GA

During the weekend, all players received a Youth Baseball Classic t-shirt and Braves giveaways, and each team had the opportunity to meet and take a photograph with Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy.  Youth Baseball Classic participants and their families attended the Saturday, August 4 Braves vs. Astros game and were invited to participate in the pre-game parade at Turner Field.  Congratulations to all 600 Youth Baseball Classic Little Leaguers!

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