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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!

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.

Braves Baseball is in Full-Swing at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports

Braves baseball is back! We arrived early to the Atlanta Braves spring training camp at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida to give you all of the behind-the-scenes details.

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During spring training, the Braves Foundation staff works directly with your favorite Braves players to facilitate autograph signings for items that are used throughout the year to raise money for local charities. These autographed items are used in silent auctions at all Braves home games and in online auctions year-round.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman shared with us during his autograph signing why he feels it is important to be an active part of the community.

“I like to give back because I grew up in a family that gave back all of the time,” Freeman said. “I think it has kind of gotten instilled in me to help give back and help the community out. I have been in Atlanta for five years now, and I think it is important to help out as much as I can.”

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As we secure these autographs, an MLB Authenticator applies a sticker to each item indicating that they are part of the MLB Authentication Program. A unique serial number for each items allows collectors to cross reference product against the database on MLB.

Make sure to check out our online auction going on now at www.braves.com/charityauctions to place your bid on unique memorabilia. Also, stop by one of our silent auction booths at Turner Field starting in April!

We will see you Opening Day!

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2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest: Open Now!

Do you know a brave person who has beaten or is fighting breast cancer?

Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Braves are looking for our 2016 Honorary Bat Girl. On Mother’s Day, we will honor one (1) Braves fan who has or is currently courageously battling breast cancer. The Honorary Bat Girl program raises awareness and funds while celebrating our heroic fans.

TODAY through April 14, submit a story about how you or someone you know is “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” and why they deserve to be the 2016 Atlanta Braves’ Honorary Bat Girl. Once you have submitted a story, encourage family and friends to vote!

One (1) Honorary Bat Girl will be selected and invited to Turner Field for a VIP experience on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, for the Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 1:35 p.m. game.

The winner will receive four (4) game tickets, a Louisville Slugger pink engraved bat and a commemorative jersey.

To learn more, submit a story, and to vote, visit: http://www.honorarybatgirl.com.

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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:

Jeff Porter and Jim Lovell host PLAY Clinic at Turner Field

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Atlanta Braves trainers Jeff Porter and Jim Lovell partnered with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation to put on the PLAY Clinic on Wednesday, July 31st. PLAY is based upon using the celebrity appeal of Major League Baseball and all of the teams and players to help fight steroid abuse and to educate the young people of America about the dangers of steroids as well as promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Athletes from 9 – 17 years old arrived at the ballpark bright and early and were welcomed by Jeff Porter before heading into right field to start the clinic with stretches. The boys were then broken down into two groups, the first started with fly balls in right field while the other group sat in the dugout and heard from representatives with the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. Last, but certainly not least, the boys went down into the Braves batting cages to take a few cuts.

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The players then made their way back up to the right field patio where they had lunch and heard from Jeff Porter, Jim Lovell, and special guest Evan Gattis. The kids were given the chance to ask Gattis questions ranging from what his favorite position to play was to every kid’s favorite question: “what are your superstitions?” Gattis also spoke about how important it is to work on improving with practice rather than substances that will only hurt in the long run.

Homerun Readers: The Atlanta Braves Reading Program Kicks Off With The Cat in the Hat and the National Education Association

The Atlanta Braves teamed up with the National Education Association (NEA) and the Georgia Public Library Systems for our new summer reading program, “Homerun Readers.” Kids are encouraged to read a book from a suggested list, complete a quick activity at braves.com/reading and then receive a code from their library for a free Braves ticket.

To launch the reading program, the Braves and the NEA hosted a read-in at Turner Field for 200 children prior to the Braves vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks game on Sunday, June 30.

The day started with all of the kids sitting attentively on a red carpet at Homeplate Patio where they were treated to a special reading of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat  by Braves alumni, Sid Bream, Terry Harper, and CJ Nitkowski.  Much to everyone’s surprise, The Cat in the Hat himself along with Dr. Seuss characters, Thing 1 and Thing 2, made a special appearance at this event as well! After the group reading, the kids split into smaller reading groups led by volunteers from the NEA.

Everyone enjoyed a nutritious boxed lunch and then watched the Braves complete a series sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. For more pictures, check out the NEA’s article here!
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Atlanta Braves Inaugural Heritage Weekend


Heritage Weekend Panel DiscussionAfter hosting Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game in 2011 and 2012, the Braves decided to start their own tradition of honoring Atlanta’s strong and rich history in the Civil Rights Movement which has become the Atlanta Braves Heritage Weekend presented by Belk and KIA.

During the weekend of May 31st – June 2nd we hosted a series of events and activities at Turner Field including a panel discussion and luncheon on Friday, a youth skills camp, Negro League celebration, and Run DMC concert on Saturday, and exhibits from the Tuskegee Airmen and Negro Leagues the entire weekend.

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On Friday, May 31st, the Braves and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) hosted more than 400 people at the Champions for Justice Award Panel Discussion and Award Presentation presented by Belk. The panel discussion was moderated by Doug Shipman, CEO of NCCHR and the panelists include former Tuskegee Airman Val Archer, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 200 meter track and field event, Tommie Smith, former NBA player Bernard King and former Atlanta Brave Brian Jordan. Ambassador Andrew Young and Senator Leroy Johnson were presented with the inaugural Hank Aaron Champion for Justice Award for their involvement in the Civil Rights movement.

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Young, the former Georgia Congressman and United Nations Ambassador, has had a long-storied career as a civil and human rights advocate. He was the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a colleague and friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., and was an integral person involved in the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.

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Former state senator Johnson is the owner of Leroy R. Johnson & Associates, P.C., a law firm he has owned and managed for over 47 years.  Throughout his many years of practice he has represented famous entertainers like James Brown and Otis Redding and Hall of Fame Braves great Hank Aaron. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he has also been an active member for over 40 years. Proceeds from the panel discussion benefited the NCCHR.

Heritage Weekend Youth Clinic

On Saturday, June 1st, a free youth baseball clinic presented by Kia was held at Turner Field led by Chance Beam of the East Cobb Baseball Academy. More than 150 youth aged 8 – 12 rotated through three stations focusing on hitting, fielding, and pitching. Following the clinic they enjoyed a pizza lunch and then received tickets to Saturday night’s matchup against the Washington Nationals. The kids improved their pitching techniques in the bullpen, their hitting skills in the batting cages, and their fielding skills in right field. Each station was manned by Braves alumni and coaches from East Cobb Baseball Academy as the kids cycled through each station. These coaches had a very strict “there’s no walking on the baseball field rule” that had our group leaders racing participants from station to station.

Saturday night’s game included a special tribute to the Negro Leagues that included a pregame autograph session featuring 25 former Negro League players, an on-field presentation for those same players. Many of the players were in their 80’s and 90’s and expressed how happy they were to participate in Heritage Weekend and were excited about being honored on the field. Included in that group as was 96 year old Legend James “Red” Moore of the Atlanta Black Crackers,  Larry Williams of the Kansas City Monarchs and Ernest “Big Dog” Fann of the Birmingham Black Barons. The highlight of the ceremony was when 95 year old, Roosevelt Jackson, of the Miami Red Sox, stole the show with an impromptu dance. Not to mention, Mr. Jackson is completely blind!

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To show their respect, the Braves and Nationals both donned throwback Negro League uniforms. The uniforms were later auctioned off for charity. Those Atlanta Black Crackers uniforms really did the trick, because BJ Upton hit a walk-off RBI in the bottom of the 9th inning to end the game.

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Immediately following the game Run DMC put on a lights out show on the field in front of a packed stadium with hits including Walk This Way, My Adidas, It’s Like That, and King of Rock. This was the first time Run DMC has performed in Atlanta in 10 years and they did not disappoint.

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For more information on Heritage Weekend, visit www.braves.com/heritage and for more information on The Center for Civil and Human Rights, please visit http://www.cchrpartnership.org. A slideshow of photos from Heritage Weekend can be found below.

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Boys and Girls Club Keystone Participants Learn About a Career in Sports

On Friday, March 22nd, 45 of the brightest Boys and Girls Club members from across the country made a special visit to Turner Field for a specialized tour and panel of talented speakers. These kids came from California, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Michigan, and even one from as far as Germany.

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We greeted two buses full of kids at 11:15 am and they were off running from there. They took a specialized tour of the ballpark that focused on pursuing a career in the world of sports. Following their tour of the ballpark, they explored the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame before heading up to the 755 Club for lunch and trivia.

Trivia was particularly competitive, as raffle tickets for autographed items were on the line! Through trivia, we learned some interesting facts about the Boys and Girls Club as well as the participants (including that one was born the same year the Braves started playing at Turner Field!)

Following trivia and lunch, the kids moved to a different portion of the 755 club for an executive panel with the brightest minds the Atlanta Braves had to offer. The questions presented by the Keystone members and Boys and Girls Club staff members allowed our executive panel to open up about how they entered the world of professional baseball and even how they overcame personal challenges to become successful.

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The best advice, in my opinion, was given by Sherry Millette – our IT wiz. She told these kids “find something you love and don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t deserve it or can’t get it.” It’s a common cliché that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your entire life. Which prompted responses about how we are fortunate enough to work at Turner Field, we spend every work day in a baseball stadium, a place people pay to be at.

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Overall, it was an incredible event. We were pleasantly surprised at the teens’ level of interest in the organization itself as well as a career in any type of sport. It was a pleasure working with the best and the brightest of the Boys and Girls Club.

A Treat for CHOA

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Young patients from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and their families visited Turner Field for  “Braves Night”.  Prior to the first pitch of the Braves vs. Yankees series, Atlanta Braves Tim Hudson and Matt Diaz posed for photos and signed autographs for these youngsters. Take a look at a few of the moments captured on camera!