"The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is very grateful for the generosity of these corporate partners," commented Foundation Executive Director Karin Morris. "Their assistance is vital in our efforts to improving the lives of children in our community. We owe each of the participating sponsors a large debt of gratitude."
The following Texas Rangers corporate sponsors participated in Foundation initiatives in 2014:
Albertson's: Albertson's donated $11,000 to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation as part of the Home Runs for Health program, an amount which represents the club's 111 homers in 2014. The funds will support just keep livin programs to support exercise and nutrition for local youth.
Captain Morgan: Each month during the 2014 season, Captain Morgan's Heroes en la Comunidad program recognized individuals who demonstrated leadership, civic responsibility, courage and dedication to make their community better. Honorees received Texas Rangers tickets as part of the recognition.
Champion Home Exteriors: For a third consecutive season, Champion Home Exteriors participated in the Champions of Hope program. Champion donated ten percent of each sale up to $200, a total of $2,000, to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation on behalf of customers who mentioned the Champions of Hope program when making a purchase.
Kellogg's: In 2014, Kellogg's was the sponsor of Béisbol en la Comunidad, an initiative designed to increase the level of interest and knowledge of baseball within the Hispanic community and to promote the benefits of exercise. One Saturday a month during the season, Kellogg's and the Rangers presented a youth baseball clinic in the community. Participation in the clinics was free and participants received instruction from Rangers clinic coaches, a t-shirt, autographs from Rangers players or alumni and a goody bag.
Mission®: In 2014 Mission® donated $11,600.00 for double plays executed by the Rangers' defense at Globe Life Park to the team's Baseball Foundation with the goal of helping to foster growth for children in the community.
Mrs Baird's: In 2014, Mrs Baird's donated $6,240.00 to the Wounded Warriors Project, representing walks by Rangers' batters in games at Globe Life Park.
Papa John's: During the 2014 season Papa John's partnered with the Texas Rangers on the "Double Play Offer". The offer allowed customers to a get a Large Specialty or 3 Topping Pizza + Any Bread Side or Dessert for $16 and $1 from each purchase went to the Texas Rangers RBI Program. In conjunction, the Texas Rangers hosted 25 youngsters at Globe Life Park each month during the season to wear a Papa John's t-shirt and have a pizza party before the game. At season's end, Papa John's made a donation of $30,000.00 to the Rangers RBI Program.
Smile Generation: In 2014 Smile Generation made a donation of $2,500.00 to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to represent strikeouts by the club's pitchers at Globe Life Park. The donation will be utilized for Foundation programs.
Southwest Airlines: In 2014, Southwest Airlines and the Rangers once again partnered on the Faces of Freedom program. Each month during the 2014 season, three members of the military (active or retired) were recognized for their service at Globe Life Park in Arlington. These military heroes received four VIP tickets to the game, a behind-the-scenes tour of Globe Life Park, and public address and video board recognition. Those honored in the 2014 Faces of Freedom program will also travel to Washington, D.C. in November.
Southwest Kia: In 2014, Southwest Kia made a $10,000.00 contribution to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation as part of the SW K's for Kids Inning on the Rangers Radio Network. The donation was a result of strikeouts by Rangers' pitchers in the designated SW Kia K's for Kids Inning.
About Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation: The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need within our community and provides funding for youth in crisis, youth health initiatives, youth baseball programs, and youth education. Celebrating its 23rd year, the Foundation has given back more than $13 million to help children in need.