The Marlins have been active in philanthropy and community fundraising this season, and they'll celebrate a milestone with a special guest on Thursday. Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, will be on hand for the Marlins Day of Service and Philanthropy.
That day -- which will celebrate a year-long commitment to corporate and social responsibility -- will see the team donating $80,000 to education-related initiatives. The Marlins have donated more than $1.2 million and dedicated more than 5,000 hours to community service this season.
Marlins Ayudan, the team's front-office volunteer program, will leave Marlins Park at 8 a.m. on Thursday and will head to Miami Edison Middle School, the host of the day's events. The staff will greet students in the morning and will assist them with their reading early in the day.
More than 200 members of the Marlins' front-office staff are expected to attend, and so will team executives and representatives of the Miami Dade County Public Schools. City Year Miami and Teach For America will also be involved in the day, designed to improve Miami Edison Middle School.
The respective groups will be part of a ceremony at 10:15 a.m., where the Marlins will make their official donation. After that, everyone will spend two hours painting, refurbishing and beautifying the campus, and there will also be Field Day Activities in which the students can participate.
Robinson, whose father Jackie famously broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, has long been attached to educational initiatives. Ms. Robinson is a consultant for Major League Baseball and oversees several school and community-based programs. Robinson has written several books, including the children's titles Jackie's Nine and Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson.
Miami Edison Middle School serves a disadvantaged student body, and 96 percent of the children receive a free lunch or a meal at a reduced price. Marlins Ayudan will have the opportunity not just to make an impact on a school, but also to interact and make a difference in children's lives.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.