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Rockies Community Newsletter - August, 2013
High & Inside - Rockies Community Newsletter
• Gear for those in need
• Hal O'Leary Awards
• Country on the ROX
• Navy reenlistment at Coors Field
• MiLB Playoffs
• Player Spotlight
• Community Spotlight
A Precious Child
A Precious Child
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, members of the Colorado Rockies organization participated in a volunteer project with A Precious Child in Broomfield, Colo. A Precious Child is a Colorado-based organization that has several programs that, in different ways, promote and support the organization's overall mission to create a "positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children and families in Colorado by improving their quality of life."

One of A Precious Child's programs that holds special significance for the Colorado Rockies organization is giveSPORTS which provides new and gently-used sports equipment for less fortunate children so they can participate in athletics without the burden of purchasing expensive equipment. The program also helps to defray the costs of sports-related fees through financial means.

The giveSPORTS program was endorsed and supported by Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sports journalist who was a victim of the tragic Aurora theater shooting in 2012 because of the impact sports had on her life; the organization continues to honor Ghawi's memory with an annual equipment drive and other events throughout the year. And when Michael Cuddyer was nominated for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award, he chose A Precious Child's giveSPORTS program for a donation that is part of the Clemente award.

For the Aug. 28 project, the Rockies assisted in preparing and sorting donated equipment by arranging gear into a store-like setup. The Rockies also cleaned and inspected gear, taking inventory and providing organizational support in other ways.

The annual Hal O'Leary Award will take place on Coors Field on Thursday, Sept. 12. And on Coors Field means, literally, tables will be set up on the infield dirt at Coors Field-a unique feature of this awards dinner that makes it unlike any other. Named after Hal O'Leary, founder of the National Sports Center for the Disabled headquartered in Winter Park, Colo., the Hal O'Leary Awards honor the accomplishments of both disabled individuals and those that advocate on behalf of the disabled in our community.

All proceeds from the Hal O'Leary Awards dinner go to the Colorado Rockies Charities, whose mission is to assist a wide range of nonprofit organizations in the Denver Metro Area that work directly in support of youth education, child abuse prevention and health.

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Country on the Rox
Come to Coors Field on Sunday, Sept. 22, for the first-ever "Country on the Rox," featuring a post-game concert by country music icon Ronnie Dunn. It's sure to be a great show and fans simply need a game ticket to enjoy the show after the game.

Tickets are still available, but they are going fast.

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Navy reenlistment
Navy reenlistment
Friday, August 23, was a special day at Coors Field as Navy Electricians Mate 1st Class Aaron De La Rosa was reenlisted at Coors Field in the company of family, friends and his Navy "Shipmates" of Navy Recruiting District Denver.

The Navy reenlistment ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the Sailor is offered the opportunity to request the location and the commissioned officer who will administer the oath of enlistment. So De La Rosa, a staunch Rockies fan, requested use of Coors Field as a backdrop for his ceremony. And the Rockies organization, a steadfast supporter of U.S. uniformed services, quickly acted to honor De La Rosa's request.

A native of El Paso, Tex., De La Rosa graduated from Silva Health Magnet High School with honors. Inspired by his calculus teacher, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, De La Rosa elected to pursue a military career path.

The Navy offered the most challenging career path with specialization in Navy Nuclear Power. Following two years of intense schooling and qualification testing, De La Rosa was promoted to E-4 and assigned to the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), where superior performance earned yet another promotion to E-5.

While deployed in 2008 with Carrier Strike Group 7, the USS RONALD REAGAN played a vital role in Operation Enduring Freedom by providing much needed air support to the troops in Afghanistan. The ship also provided humanitarian relief for the Republic of the Philippines after it was hit by a major tsunami.

De La Rosa then pursued an assignment to Navy Recruiting District Denver to find the next generation of Navy professionals. Top performance has earned him 11 Gold Wreath Awards for Recruiting Excellence and promotion to his current rank of E-6 (Petty Officer 1st Class).

Earning over 120 college credits while in the Navy, De La Rosa has decided to make the Navy a career. He will be applying for the Navy's STA-21 (officer commissioning program) to pursue a degree in nursing and to continue serving his country and his community.

With Minor League regular seasons coming to a close, it's time to see which Rockies affiliates have qualified for the playoffs, or are in the final race for their league's postseason play.

The Tulsa Drillers qualified for the Texas League (Double-A) playoffs for a second consecutive season by winning the first half of the North Division. Led by 2013 Postseason All-Star shortstop Cristhian Adames, second baseman Angelys Nina, outfielder Kyle Parker and pitcher Christian Bergman, the Drillers will host the second half division winner, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim affiliate Arkansas Travelers. That series is scheduled to begin Wednesday September 6.

After a nine-game winning streak from Aug. 11-21 put the Modesto Nuts in a great position to earn a California League (High-A) playoff spot for the second consecutive season, they finished the job on Aug. 30, qualifying for the postseason. 2013 first-round draft pick Jonathan Gray went 4-0 after arriving at Modesto, and catcher Ryan Casteel has continued to swing the bat, with 22 homers to date. By winning the second half North Division title, the Nuts open with a best-of-three Mini-Series on the road Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The Grand Junction Rockies will again be a participant in Pioneer League (Rookie-League) postseason play. The Rockies earned their second consecutive playoff spot by winning the first-half of the South Division. Outfielder Raimel Tapia's .355 batting average currently leads the league, and third baseman Ryan McMahon is hitting .330 with 9 homers and 47 RBI in his first 56 games. The Pioneer League wraps up the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 with the Rockies beginning a best-of-three division series on Monday, Sept. 9, at either Idaho Falls or Orem.

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Tyler Chatwood
Acquired by the Rockies before the 2012 season, Tyler Chatwood has taken the next step in his career this season. After his first 15 starts, Chatwood was 7-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 60 strikeouts. Most importantly, when it comes to pitching at Coors Field, Chatwood boasts an outstanding 2.27 groundout-to-air-out ratio, meaning he has induced more than double the amount of groundball outs than outs through the air. Though he has missed some time due to an elbow injury this season, Chatwood figures to be a major part of the Rockies plans going forward.

Chatwood, 23, is a native of Southern California and he was a second-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009. Recruited by UCLA as an infielder out of Redlands East High School in Redlands, Calif., Chatwood's athleticism has also been an asset for the Rockies this season. After 18 games, Chatwood was hitting .323 (10-for-31) with a run scored and seven RBI. He's also a valuable asset off the bench as a pinch-runner late in games.

For a more in-depth look at Chatwood's breakout season in 2013, pick up the September issue of Rockies Magazine!

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Laura Sonderup
Colorado native Laura Sonderup is a prominent leader in the Denver community. As Director at Heinrich Hispanidad, Sonderup maintains an everyday focus on ensuring that her clients are using a professional and culturally-appropriate voice in their branding. An expert in multicultural marketing, Sonderup and her team provide free services-typically for one worthy Latino organization each year-to help them achieve their advertising and marketing goals, taking their brand to the next level.

Outside of her work, Sonderup is extremely active in the local Hispanic community by personally serving on boards and acting as a mentor, as well as "getting her hands dirty" at countless grassroots events. She currently serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the Museo de la Americas, Chamber of the Americas, Denver Hispanic Chamber Education foundation, Latin American Research and Service Agency, Mexican Cultural Center and many others. She is also involved with local nonprofit organizations such as Clinica Tepeyac, YouthBiz, Save Our Youth, Sisters of Color United for Education, MetroCareRing, Colorado Kids 1st, Mi Casa and others.

A finalist for the 2013 Colorado Rockies Adult Leadership Award, Sonderup has received great recognition for her tireless work over the years and she continues to make a difference in the community each and every day.

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