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Once again Turner Field opened its gates to host the largest Naturalization Ceremony in the State of Georgia to celebrate Citizenship Day and Constitution Day on September 17. Each year, on this date, our country celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution and Americans are encouraged to reflect on what it means to be a U.S. Citizen.
In honor of Citizenship Day and Constitution Day, we hosted 500 candidates as they took the final step on their path to obtaining United States Citizenship. Candidates and their families lined up outside the gates of Turner Field bright and early and were greeted by Braves and United States Citizen Immigration Services (USCIS) staff as they entered the ballpark, many for the first time. Our candidates marveled at the green field and pulled out their cellphones to capture every moment. Many posed with our very own Lady Liberty, Homer the mascot posed for photos around the plaza, and at the sound of the bell, led the candidates to their seats.
USCIS Deputy Director, Joseph Kernan and Atlanta Field Director Brett Rinehart opened the ceremony and Braves President, John Schuerholz, gave a warm welcome and congratulations to everyone in attendance. In all, ninety-one countries were represented and each received a heartfelt cheer during the reading of each country. Mexico had the largest number of candidates with 31. As Mr. Kernan administered the Oath of Allegiance, there were tears of joy and lots of hugs throughout the audience. Braves bullpen coach, Eddie Perez, a newly naturalized citizen, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and at the conclusion, our newest citizens were congratulated by President Barack Obama, via video.
Our new Braves Fans who walked out with bright smiles on their faces and a Coke in hand thanks to our friends at Coca-Cola. Many stopped by the League of Women Voter’s booth to complete their first task as new citizens —- register to vote! This was truly a memorable moment for these new United States Citizens as well as the entire Braves organization.
The Atlanta Braves teamed up with the Miracle League to give a very special group of children the chance to rub elbows with “big leaguers” during batting practice every Monday during baseball season – also known as “Miracle League Monday.”
The Miracle League provides unique opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities by removing barriers that keep them off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime.
During every Monday home game, we hosted Miracle League families from all over Braves Country during batting practice and allowed them the opportunity to watch the Braves players warm up and get ready for that evening’s game.
Upon their arrival, each family was greeted with goody bags filled with Braves swag and escorted on a short tour of ballpark before heading down to the field for batting practice. Our special guests observed batting practice from a VIP area where they enjoyed an inside look at some of their favorite professional athletes prepare for the game. With this exclusive access, the families were able to take photos, get autographs from their favorite players and in some cases, take home game used equipment that was personally given to them by some of the Braves superstars. You can probably imagine the excitement felt not only by the child, but the entire family.
At the end of their batting practice experience, the families headed up to their seats where they were able to enjoy the game and magic of Turner Field.
Thank you to all of our Miracle League Families that participated this year! We look forward to meeting more of the inspiring Miracle League athletes during the 2015.
In its fifth year, the Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic presented by Bank of America, brought together young baseball teams from all across the Southeast to compete in a round robin/bracket style tournament. Due to the success and popularity of the program since our humble beginnings of 32 teams, the Youth Baseball Classic moved locations to Wills Park in Alpharetta, GA. The change in venue allowed the event to accommodate 24 additional teams of ball players ages 5 – 13.
Teams traveled from as far as South Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina to compete in the classic. Upon check-in they received goody bags, complete with hats, tomahawks, and t-shirts. Round play for the older teams began on Friday night and continued into Saturday morning. The first games on Saturday started bright and early, 7:00 am to be exact, and the field lights had to be turned on for those teams.
At noon on Saturday, the athletes had a group of special visitors including Alpharetta City Council Member Jim Gilvin, Mike Perry, Director of Recreation and Parks, Ben Easterling, Chair of the Alpharetta Recreation Commission, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood, and of course, Homer the Brave! Participating teams then took team photos with Alex Wood before the skills competition for the 5/6 and 7/8 age divisions and one last game for the older teams. Athletes also had a chance to visit with former Braves star Brian Jordan and purchase autographed copies of his children’s books.
Saturday had even more in store for the athletes, friends, and families – including tickets to that night’s matchup against the Miami Marlins complete with a pregame parade. Sunday, the final day of the tournament, promised a slightly later start time and a higher level of competition – the championship games loomed at the end of the afternoon. The last game and trophy presentation wrapped up just before a lovely sunset appropriately capped off the 5th Youth Baseball Classic.
The 5th Annual Youth Baseball Classic was a huge success, and would not have been possible without the help of volunteer scorekeepers from the Braves 400 Fan Club, Georgia State University, and Bank of America Georgia.
13 Division: Upstate Showcase
11/12 Division: South Georgia Elite
9/10 Division: East Cobb Braves
7/8 Division: Bandits
5/6 Division: Warriors Orange
7/8 Base Running: Caden High – South Gwinnett Rattlers
7/8 Golden Arm: Mason Ray – Northport Rage
7/8 Home Run Derby – Walker Westmoreland – Macon Impact
5/6 Base Running: Steele Ingram – Warriors Orange
5/6 Base Golden Arm: Riley McCallum – North Macon All-Stars Blue
5/6 Home Run Derby: Cole Carr – North Macon All-Stars Blue
The Atlanta Braves have teamed up with Daniel H. Stanton Elementary school for a long-term partnership to help improve reading performance, decrease absenteeism, increase parent participation and encourage physical activity among students.
On Friday, May 10, we welcomed D.H. Stanton’s 5th grade class to Turner Field for their “senior trip.” The visit was an opportunity to celebrate an outstanding school year and congratulate the students as they head off to middle school. The students were treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the entire stadium, created Mother’s Day cards, took group pictures and then enjoyed a picnic lunch at Sky Field.
During their tour, the students had a chance to see inside a luxury suite, sit in the press box, and peek into the Braves clubhouse. After the students saw into the clubhouse, they walked down the same tunnel as the umpires and sat in the visitors’ dugout. After spending a little over an hour on the tour (and walking a little over a mile!), the students visited the Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame – exploring all of the exhibits and watching historical film.
Following the tour and museum visit, they trekked back up to Sky Field, which is located at the very top of the stadium, to create home-made cards for their moms. After an half an hour of arts and crafts, lunch was served and the kids headed back to school – just in time for dismissal.
The Atlanta Braves are proud to partner with D.H. Stanton Elementary and hope to see many more fifth graders on their way to middle school!