MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the return of the organization's community initiative, "Beyond the Diamond," which features a series of outreach events that will take place throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel, working hands-on in the community. The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on non-profits providing quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
Spearheaded by the Brewers Community Relations department, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation, "Beyond the Diamond" events this year will include a bike build, a bowling event, dinner deliveries and much more. Each month from May through August, players, coaches, alumni and team personnel will be divided into groups to attend the following community outreach events:
May 12: Wives Dinner Delivery (Basic Needs): Brewers players' wives will deliver and serve a hot meal to the women and families at The Cathedral Center between 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Cathedral Center provides shelter for homeless families, women and their children.
May 25: Wives Community Activity (Recreation): Brewers players' wives will volunteer with the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden during their garden event BLITZ between 12:00-4:30 p.m. The program has built over 500 raised garden beds, empowering communities to grow their own food.
June 5: Wives Community Activity (Education): Brewers players' wives will participate in the Girls on the Run 5K event, which helps inspire 3rd-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using fun, interactive curriculum that creatively integrates running.
June 6: Habitat for Humanity Press Conference (Basic Needs): Ryan Braun and Brewers Community Foundation will kick off the Habitat for Humanity Build Blitz with a press conference announcing their partnership.
June 7: Wives Community Activity (Basic Needs): Brewers players' wives, along with players and staff, will help Hunger Task Force build boxes of food for local, low-income seniors in need, between 1:00-4:30 p.m. The boxes contain nutritious items and heathy foods. Nearly 9,000 boxes are delivered to seniors in Southeast Wisconsin.
June 21: Brewers Bike Build (Recreation): Brewers players, coaches, wives and staff will partner with Master Lock and Brewers Community Foundation to build and donate 100 bikes with children from the Next Door Foundation between 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The build will take place along the warning track at Miller Park.
July 29: Miracle League Milwaukee (Recreation): Players and coaches will instruct youngsters for an inning during a Miracle League game at the Werner Family Foundation Field between 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The field is located at the Northwest YMCA.
August 10: Wives Community Activity (Basic Needs): Brewers players' wives will serve dinner to the residents at The Milwaukee Rescue Mission's Joy House between 2:45-6:45 p.m. Joy House is a homeless shelter in Milwaukee for women.
August 12: Brewers Wives Mystery Bag Event: Fans have the opportunity to donate $40 in exchange for a mystery bag which contains an autographed baseball by a Brewers player or coach. Brewers players' wives will be stationed at tables throughout the ballpark, selling the mystery bags to benefit organizations that address critical issues in the community.
August 13: Brewers Bowling Event (Recreation): Hosted by Matt Garza and his fellow teammates, fans can enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with their favorite Brewers players while helping raise money for Joy House, a family shelter for homeless women and their children.
September 1: Wives Dinner Delivery (Basic Needs): Brewers players' wives will serve dinner to the homeless community at St. Benedict's between 4:45-6:45 p.m. St. Benedict's Community Meal Program provide meals for the homeless and working poor.
September 13: School Visit (Education): Latino players and coaches will visit St. Joseph Academy between 12:00-1:00 p.m. to talk with students about their journey and the importance of getting an education and making good decisions.
Additional information on each program will be distributed prior to events that are open to the media.