FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets today announced that the David Wright Foundation and the Mets Foundation have launched the 5 Star*Kids program to provide tickets to youth-serving organizations to select Mets home games throughout the 2007 season.
The 5 Star*Kids program will provide 25 tickets to children from the New York City PBA Families when the Mets host the Chicago Cubs tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Wright created the program with the support of the Mets Foundation to bring children out who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend a baseball game to Shea Stadium.
The 5*Star Kids program will host children on Wednesday, May 30 (vs. San Francisco); Wednesday, June 27 (vs. St. Louis); Thursday, June 28 (vs. St. Louis); Thursday, July 12 (vs. Cincinnati); Wednesday, July 25 (vs. Pittsburgh); Wednesday, Aug. 8 (vs. Atlanta); Wednesday, Aug. 22 (vs. San Diego); Thursday, Aug. 23 (vs. San Diego); Monday, Sept. 10 (vs. Atlanta); and Wednesday, Sept. 26 (vs. Washington).
"I am in a position where I can bring these kids out to the ballpark to enjoy a game," said Wright. "The PBA is especially important to me because my father, Rhon, is a police officer in Virginia and I can identify with the issues and emotions that come with being an officer's child. My goal is to provide these kids with a positive, long-lasting memory."
About the David Wright Foundation
The David Wright Foundation is a charitable, tax exempt 501(c)3 organization founded in 2005 by David Wright of the New York Mets. The sole purpose and mission of the foundation is to provide financial support and raise awareness for those in need and to financially support other charitable organizations. The foundation pays special attention to Multiple Sclerosis and children's causes, and maintains its focus on the New York City and Norfolk, Virginia metropolitan areas. For more information, log on to www.davidwrightfoundation.com .
The New York Mets Foundation funds and promotes a variety of charitable causes, including educational, social and athletic programs for the young people of our community. Founded in 1963, it continues its mission to invest in the future of our community and provide assistance to myriad organizations that benefit children, and to support other worthy charitable causes.
A registered 501c3 charity, the Mets Foundation takes no portion of the funds raised to offset internal costs. Every dollar of net receipts granted to the Foundation is directed to accomplishing its mission.