Major League Baseball will leave a lasting legacy in Anaheim and the surrounding communities by dedicating events surrounding the 2010 All-Star Summer to raising funds and awareness for charitbable initiatives and celebrating the importance of community service. MLB will support healthcare organizations, education programs, opportunities for young people to play baseball, highlight the importance of environmental consciousness and celebrate the community service accomplishments of everyday citizens.
As part of this initiative, Major League Baseball and the Angels will give more than $9 million through the MLB Charities and the Angels Baseball Foundation. The funds stem from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, to be held on Monday, July 12 and will be allocated to a number of local and national charities.
All-Star Summer events will support worthwhile oganizations and initiatives like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Jackie Robison Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation, to name a few.
In additon to those national organizations, some of the money will be used for more local efforts. Some of those projects include:
MLB and Angels All-Star Complex at Pioneer Park: Reconstruction of a youth baseball and softball field and the construction of a new Miracle League Field, which will provide opportunities for special-needs children to play baseball. The fields will be cared for by Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball.
Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club: Transformation of the existing play area into a youth baseball and softball field for the Angels RBI League as well as the construction of an "interactive" garden for the children to learn and participate in a common educational greening effort.
Angels RBI League: Growth of the Angels' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) League and creation of the new Angels Jr. RBI Program, which will launch in the fall of 2010 and serve youth from 16 Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County chapters.
Angels Scholars: Support of 25 deserving eighth graders who will receive college scholarships as part of the Angels Scholars program, created in 2006 for Orange County public middle school students. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, financial need and enrollment in the college preparatory program AVID.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County: Assistance in growing the number of children the agency serves, currently at 1,800, from 34 cities within the Orange County region. The mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that have measurable impact. There are more than 125,000 children in Orange County who live in single-parent homes; one-quarter of these children live in poverty.
Orangewood Children's Home: Support of the home's vision of providing a refuge for Orange County's abused, neglected and abandoned children, with a focus on the ongoing needs of these children with programs designed to break the generational cycle of abuse and help children thrive.
Amateur Baseball Development Group: Revival of baseball leagues, improvement of facilities, sponsorship of youth clinics and high school and collegiate all-star games through this organization, the only one of its kind in southern California. Mike Scioscia and Angels players participate in the programming.
Special Olympics Southern California: Funding of sports training and competition for more than 14,000 Orange County children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Drug development efforts to make a profound difference in the lives of children and adults living with cystic fibrosis and support of the recently established Cystic Fibrosis Patient Assistance Foundation, which addresses the rising cost of treatment and care for lower-income families.
Rebuilding Together: Refurbishment of a Santa Ana home that will be used as a temporary housing facility and meeting center providing comprehensive care for homeless and at-risk Orange County veterans through the Veterans First program. In addition, Bank of America is supporting the project with funding and volunteers.
In addition, MLB and People magazine have teamed up again on the national "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, recognizing individuals who have made community service an integral part of their lives. Log onto PeopleAllStars.com from April 30-May 14 to submit nominations.
The All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run Presented by Nike will take place on Sunday, July 11. All net proceeds from the event go to four charities supporting cancer research and education: the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and City Of Hope.
The 2010 All-Star Summer will build on the continued commitment to the environment by Major League Baseball and partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) by incorporating a wide variety of environmentally sensitive efforts, including hosting "greening" activities in the greater Anaheim community, raising awareness about the importance of "going green" via public service announcements in-stadium and environmental education materials online (mlbgobeyond.com), and prioritizing recycling at events throughout All-Star Week.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.