Padres Caravan rolls out this weekend

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres Caravan will take place starting Friday and will see players, coaches, executives, broadcasters and staff traveling around San Diego County volunteering, meeting with fans and visiting with military and first responders.

The Caravan gets underway in conjunction with single-game tickets going on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. PT at This will be the first opportunity for fans to purchase tickets to the opening series of the season, including Opening Day on April 9 against the Giants.

The first stop on the Caravan will be Mission Beach Park at 10 a.m. on Friday, where the Padres will join representatives from Toyota for the launch of the Padres Volunteer Team. This new initiative is a county-wide volunteer force that calls upon fans and San Diegans to join with our players, alumni and staff to donate their time to the San Diego community.

The event is open to the public, as are several during the Padres Caravan, which runs through Sunday.

Some of the players scheduled to attend events this weekend are Clint Barmes, Joaquin Benoit, Tommy Medica, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Dale Thayer, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Nick Vincent, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy. Manager Bud Black and coaches Dave Roberts, Mark Kotsay, Glenn Hoffman and Padres Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman also will take part in many of the weekend's events.

There will be a rally at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Westfield UTC, and another at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Otay Ranch Town center that are open to the public.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Padres players will be at the San Diego American Little League in Logan Heights to hand out jerseys and caps to players as part of Future Padres powered by Clorox, the club's youth baseball jersey program. In its fourth year, Future Padres will outfit more than 15,000 youth baseball players across more than 50 leagues with Padres jerseys and caps in 2015.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.