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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.

Armed Forces Month at the USO of Georgia

In honor of Armed Forces Month, Braves alumni and Hall of Famer Phil Niekro joined our front office staff at the USO of Georgia on Friday, May 6th.

The USO of Georgia is a private, nonprofit organization that provides morale, welfare and recreation services to military personnel and their families. They are open every day for soldiers who are passing through the airport to stop in and have a hot meal and a quiet place to regroup. Every Friday, the USO anticipates the arrival of a couple hundred brand new soldiers from Fort Benning in Columbus, GA headed to their next destination. These young men and women spend 14 weeks at basic training with little-to-no interaction with the outside world.

We spent our day preparing toiletry care packages for troops overseas, serving lunch to the soldiers that stopped by the USO facility for a little R&R, and welcoming new soldiers returning from basic training. Niekro enjoyed a Chick-fil-A sandwich with the troops while signing plenty of autographs and making tons of new friends. The USO even gifted Niekro with a special USO 75th Anniversary t-shirt!

What an amazing way to kick off our Armed Forces Month! Stay tuned for more exciting military appreciation activities this month.

Feeding Braves Country – Braves Ticket Sales Team Visits the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Yesterday, the Braves Ticket Sales team visited the Atlanta Community Food Bank for their annual department-wide community service project. They helped sort and pack over 21,000 pounds of food which will provide over 16,000 meals to those in need throughout Braves Country.

This is just one of the many ways that our staff is committed to making a difference in our community. For more information about the Atlanta Community Food Bank, please visit http://www.acfb.org.

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National Volunteer Week #BravesGive

Happy National Volunteer Week from the Atlanta Braves! We are committed to making a difference in Braves Country and encourage you to go out and volunteer in your community! Enjoy the below photos of some of your favorite Braves players of yesterday and today along with our Braves front office staff giving back. #BravesGive

Braves Staff Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with Seniors at AG Rhodes

Last week, Braves staff members volunteered at the AG Rhodes Senior Health and Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta as part of a special St. Patrick’s Day Braves Care event. We played BINGO! with the residents, enjoyed St. Patty’s themed refreshments, and even sang karaoke.

After four rounds of BINGO!, we served “Shamrock Juice” (lime sherbet and Sprite) and four-leaf clover cookies to all of the residents. Each senior proudly wore their new Braves cap and green glow stick necklace/bracelet to get them in the St. Patty’s Day spirit. To close out the event, Braves staff took over the mic to sing a crowd favorite, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” for the group. What a fun way to spend our St. Patrick’s Day out in the community!

 

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 Bowl in the Holidays with Military Families

As part of our commitment to honoring local military families, we hosted the 5th Annual Holiday Military Bowling Bash on Saturday, December 5th. More than 20 families from local military bases joined Braves coaches and alumni players for an afternoon of bowling, food, awesome raffle prizes and fun at Midtown Bowl.

 

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, pitching coach Roger McDowell, first base coach Terry Pendleton, bullpen catcher Alan Butts along with Braves alumni Marty Perez, Jim Nash, and Johnny Estrada came out to spend some quality time with the military families, sign autographs, and spread holiday cheer.

Everyone received raffle tickets upon entry for the chance to win exciting prizes including Braves branded golf bags, autographed items and tickets to the upcoming season.

This event was a success thanks to the Braves front office staff and the Braves 400 Club members who volunteered their Saturday morning and helped distribute various prizes that were awarded throughout the afternoon.

This is one of the most rewarding events that we do each year because it allows us to thank the military service men and women, and their families for their dedication to our country. A special thanks goes out to Midtown Bowl for hosting us and providing lunch for everyone as well as to our Braves fans for the continued support of the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Braves Foundation, and the support of our military.

 

Happy HoliBRAVES from our Braves family to yours!

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!

GI Joes and Baseball Pros – 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Classic

Last Friday, 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 2nd 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. Braves alumni, Johnny Estrada, surprised the warriors while they were exploring the Braves museum and joined them for the remainder of their tour. At the conclusion of their tour, the Warriors were joined by our front office staff and Delta Air Lines volunteers, who were waiting to serve and eat lunch with our special guests.

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We had a couple other exciting surprises in store for the Warriors. Following lunch, we informed our guests that they would be going down on the field to take batting practice from home plate! They couldn’t hit live batting practice on a Major League baseball field with just any equipment, so we announced that Mizuno Baseball donated brand new equipment for them to use during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Each Warrior walked away with their choice of a top of the line aluminum bat or baseball glove, a pair of batting gloves and batting helmet. With new equipment in hand, Braves staff and Delta employees escorted the Warriors down to the field for batting practice.

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

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 29:  on Friday May 29, 2015 the Atlanta Braves hosted the Wounded Warrior Project at Turner Field for batting practice. (Patrick Duffy/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Like the big leaguers do before each major league game, each Warrior had an opportunity to take about 10 hacks from the tortoise shell. When they weren’t hitting, they were able to run around in the outfield and shag fly balls with Braves staff while mingling with our alumni players.

Our 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 and final remarks.

It was an honor to have these exceptional men at Turner Field for a fun day with the Braves Staff!

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 29:  on Friday May 29, 2015 the Atlanta Braves hosted the Wounded Warrior Project at Turner Field for batting practice. (Patrick Duffy/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Braves Staff Gives Back in 2014

This year, Braves staff completed more than 3,000 community service hours in conjunction with our monthly Braves Care Employee Volunteer Initiative. We would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time this year to give back to our community in a variety of ways. Below is a recap of our community service projects.

In January, we visited the Atlanta Community Food Bank where we sorted cans and restocked the in-house grocery store with assistance from Braves alumni players, Brian Jordan and Marquis Grissom.

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In March, the staff cleaned out their closets and donated clothes to the Atlanta Union Mission as a part of the Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive. We also visited the La Amistad After School Program to help the students celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with fun arts and crafts activities.

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On April 22, Earth Day, we helped clean up the Piedmont Park Conservancy. We focused our efforts on the garden area where Piedmont Park hosts field trips and we were able to give the garden a mini makeover, as we left our mark on Piedmont Park!

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During the month of May, we partnered with the USO to collect items from Braves staff and fans for soldiers returning home from overseas. This effort to help welcome the courageous men and women back to the states was an initiative we called “Support the Brave.”

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In June, we celebrated the wounded veterans of the U.S. military by inviting them to Turner Field for an extremely special Braves Care event. Braves staff welcomed about 35 warriors from the Wounded Warrior project to the ballpark where they took a tour of Turner Field, ate lunch with Braves President John Schuerholz, and took batting practice on the field with staff and Braves alumni players.

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Christmas came early in July for the kiddos at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! We surprised patients with room to room visits by Braves players, coaches and wives distributing brand new toys collected by the Braves wives during their annual toy drive.  Braves employees participated in fun games and crafts at the Zone, the indoor activity center at the hospital.

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At the beginning of August, Braves and Delta Air Lines employees teamed up to get our partner DH Stanton elementary ready for the new school year. We painted, organized books, designed bulletin boards and decorated classrooms.

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We spent quality time with our four legged friends in the community during the month of August. We got to play with dogs that are up for adoption at PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill animal shelter just east of the city. We walked the dogs, interacted with kittens, and built new picnic benches for potential adoptive parents.

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In September, we helped our friends at DH Stanton Elementary School get excited for the new school year. Throughout the season we partnered with Arrow Exterminators to collect school supplies from Braves staff, fans at Turner Field and Arrow customers. We surprised the students and  teachers with brand new supplies for their classrooms and also spent a little time reading to the students.

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For our October activity we celebrated Halloween at Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School in Roswell. We helped students create unique handmade candy corn paintings with homemade paint brushes and delivered Braves hats and tomahawks to students that were unable to take part in the activity.

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In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we served lunch to the homeless at the City of Refuge and to the students at Bright Futures Academy.

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We will round out the year with our December initiative, the Annual Angel Tree Project. We will partner with the Second Wind Dreams “Gift of Light” program and  “adopt” senior citizens from a local nursing home. The seniors will be provided with holiday gifts to help make their spirits bright!

We want to thank all of Braves staff members that helped make the Braves Care events this year a huge hit! We are so grateful to have co-workers that are always eager to help out.

A special kudos to Terrence Willoughby and Elizabeth Jimenez for being our 2014 “ACE in the Community” Award Recipients for being the most active Braves Care employees in 2014!

Check out the gallery below for more 2014 Braves Care photos!

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