Today the sun is shining, I watched robins hopping around outside, my phone even told me today is a great day for a run; spring has sprung. Though March 20 was the official first day of spring, for many people spring doesn’t officially begun until the beginning of the baseball season. Last Friday, April 7, was the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener. Though the weather made it feel more like a Steelers home game (I was the girl in about 5 layers, wrapped in a blanket), this game ushers in a new season, and new opportunities, especially for the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities.
The team has a legacy of being active in the community and many players who were very involved in philanthropic acts. Roberto Clemente is a great example. Since its creation in 2006, Pirates Charities works to continue helping in the Pittsburgh region with core values focusing on: youth health, fitness, and education. There are many events and programs the organization coordinates and supports. Let’s take a look at some of them and how you can get involved.
A core focus for the organization is youth. Two programs that have this value at their center are the Fields for Kids and Miracle League Field programs. Both work to create baseball fields so that youth and their families can enjoy America’s pastime. Fields for Kids provides grants for non-profits to improve youth baseball/softball facilities. Miracle League Fields are created so that children with disabilities can have a safe and fun time playing the game.
Pirates Charities also supports Pittsburgh RBI, part of an MLB initiative. Started in 1994 by the Roberto Clemente Foundation, this program seeks to involve underserved youth in inner cities and encourage them to succeed through participation in a team sport.
I’m one of those weirdos who likes to run for fun. That being said, one of my favorite runs to participate in each year is the Pirates Home Run 5k, 10k, and one-mile family fun run. Not only do you get to help a great organization and be active, you also get to finish over home plate which is pretty cool! This year’s run is coming up soon on April 22. Registration is still open. Come run with me and support the initiatives of Pirates Charities!
These are just a few of the programs and events the Pirates Charities supports and organizes. Though the Pirates season starts in the spring and goes into early fall, the work of their philanthropic arm goes year round. Whether you are a baseball fan or not, it’s easy to be a fan of the work that Pirates Charities is doing. You can’t lose when you support a good cause!