Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: "Major League Baseball is proud to utilize the global platform of the World Series to highlight causes that are important to so many of our fans and our culture as a whole. Baseball is a social institution with significant social responsibilities, and it is a privilege to draw attention to organizations that work tirelessly to address these challenges."
Game One - Veterans & Military Families
MLB will dedicate Game One of the 2014 World Series to honoring veterans and military families highlighting support of Baseball's Welcome Back Veterans initiative. As part of the dedication, representatives from Major League Baseball and the Kansas City Royals will visit veterans at a local VA Hospital. There also will be a special on-field, pre-game ceremony and other activities that will take place at the ballpark.
Game Two - Education & ALS Awareness
Game Two will be dedicated to two causes important to MLB: education and awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." Major League Baseball will continue to shine a spotlight on ALS awareness after a groundbreaking year that featured the "Ice Bucket Challenge" phenomenon and league-wide recognition of the 75th anniversary of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig's iconic "Luckiest Man" speech. MLB will theme a significant portion of the pre-game ceremony around ALS awareness. MLB also will celebrate its commitment to education and the legacy of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson through the Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life program, which is an MLB educational program inspired by Robinson. That day, Sharon Robinson (Jackie's daughter, MLB Educational Programming Consultant and author) will visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with children from Faxon Elementary School to discuss the Breaking Barriers program with the students, and one of the 2014 Breaking Barriers essay contest Grand Prize winners will be honored at the ballpark.
Game Three - Advancing the Fight Against Cancer
Game Three of the 2014 World Series will be dedicated to advancing the fight against cancer. There will be a special in-game moment, in conjunction with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), when fans and players will hold up placards with the names of loved ones affected by the disease. Earlier in the day, representatives from MLB and the San Francisco Giants will visit children at George Mark Children's House.
Game Four - Youth Outreach
Game Four will be dedicated to youth outreach, primarily through celebrating various initiatives that include Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Little League, two organizations that receive significant support from MLB, and MLB-affiliated programs Baseball Tomorrow Fund, MLB Urban Youth Academies and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI). There will be a special pre-game ceremony, and earlier in the day, MLB will host a clinic for RBI and BGCA participants (ages 8 to 13). Additionally, MLB will hold a Scouting Showcase with collegiate and professional scouts for RBI participants, ages 14 to 18.
Additional Community Initiatives
In both World Series cities, MLB will visit a children's health facility to donate a new Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment unit equipped with the latest gaming system that rolls bedside in hospitals and other health facilities to provide distractive entertainment and healing power of play to pediatric patients. MLB also will be hosting young fans from the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose wishes were to attend the World Series.
Major League Baseball, Anheuser-Busch and TEAM Coalition supported the designated driver programs at MLB ballparks during the 2014 championship season with a special incentive: fans who registered as a designated driver were entered into a drawing to be the Club's official "Designated Driver." The "Designated Drivers" from the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants will each receive two tickets and will be honored during Game One and Game Three, respectively.
Major League Baseball and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will incorporate a wide variety of environmental efforts that include: the "World Series Green Team" initiative during all World Series games that includes volunteers collecting refuse for recycling and supplementing existing recycling programs; raising public awareness to educate fans about how to become more environmentally aware via online materials and PSAs; prioritizing recycled content materials at events throughout the World Series; and addressing energy usage through efficiency measures and by investing in renewable energy offsets.
Visit MLBCommunity.org for more information on each of these programs and all of MLB's community initiatives.