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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

Fall 2015

This Issue's Features:

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KINDNESS IN SCHOOLS - Colorado Rockies Home Run for Kindness Program

Kindness in Schools

After its inaugural year in 2014, the Colorado Rockies Home Run for Kindness enjoyed its second installment in 2015.

In partnership with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, the Rockies did nine assemblies at eight Denver-area middle schools during the month of September: Rocky Top Middle School, Vikan Middle School, STEM Lab, STEM Launch, Prairie View Middle School, The Academy, Shadow Ridge Middle School and Strive Prep. At each of the schools, Rockies players shared with students examples of kindness in their lives, oftentimes using current teammates as examples of kindness.

After each presentation, students were challenged to place compliments in a centrally located #RoxBox at each school to create a culture of kindness and compassion at their school. The Rockies will be checking in on schools from time to time over the offseason and they plan on having students attend a game at Coors Field next season.

The Home Run for Kindness Program would not be a success without Rockies players and coaches committing their time to make a difference. Thank you to Nolan Arenado, Brandon Barnes, Charlie Blackmon, Rex Brothers, Blake Doyle, Christian Friedrich, Jon Gray, Jason Gurka, Nick Hundley, Michael McKenry, Kyle Parker, Scott Oberg and Ben Paulsen for participating in the program and sharing their experiences.

MOVEMBER! - Colorado Rockies Movember Team


The Colorado Rockies are excited to be participating in Movember throughout the month of November.

The Rockies have been a part of Movember, a global charitable movement designed to raise funds and awareness for critical men's health issues, in some form or fashion for the past three years. For 2015, reliever John Axford and first baseman Ben Paulsen, both famously mustached gentlemen in their own right, have committed to be captains of two Rockies teams made up of front office employees, while participating in Movember themselves. Through a friendly competition between Team Axford and Team Paulsen, the Rockies have been making a difference in this important cause.

And it's not just mustaches for men's health for the Rockies teams this year. New in 2015, the MOVE component of the initiative encourages men and women to commit to increasing their physical activity for the month of November to encourage healthy habits that will carry on even after November. With Movember and MOVE working in concert, the Rockies are excited for a great month of Movember.

Fans can follow and donate to Team Axford and Team Paulsen on Rockies social media!

RUNWAY MODEL - CarGo and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Carlos Gonzalez

The humanitarian mission of the Carlos Gonzalez Foundation has been detailed in past issues of this newsletter, and CarGo and his family are continuing their tradition of teaming up with various organizations to make a difference in the Colorado community. On Saturday, Oct. 24, CarGo participated in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation's Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show in Denver.

Gonzalez was one of the models' celebrity escorts, alongside the likes of Denver Broncos specialists Britton Colquitt and Brandon McManus, Denver Nuggets stars Kenneth Faried, Emmanuel Mudiay, entertainers Beau Bridges, Minka Kelly, Terrence Howard, John C. McGinley and more. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation provides fundraising, education, awareness and government advocacy for the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, and the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show is one of the organization's largest annual fundraisers. The Rockies have long had a partnership with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, partnering for various clinics and, new in 2015, pitcher Kyle Kendrick's Kendrick's Krew program.

COORS FIELD ON ICE - Hockey at 20th and Blake

Hockey at Coors Field

Coors Field will play host to three exciting hockey games in February 2016.

Kicking off the 2016 outdoor hockey action in Denver is the Battle on Blake, Feb. 20, between Colorado College and the University of Denver. The fabled college rivalry long known as the Battle of the Gold Pan will have a distinctly outdoor feel this year as the two local institutions will battle it out at 20th and Blake. The following Friday night, Feb. 26, Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings legends renew one of hockey's greatest rivalries when they face off in an alumni game at Coors Field. Fans can expect numerous Hall of Famers to be back in Denver for the Alumni Game, some of the best Avalanche and Red Wings players in history. All of the February hockey action culminates with the main event, the Coors Light Stadium Series between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. It's sure to be a winter to remember at Coors Field!

Click below for tickets and information on hockey at Coors Field.


Coors Field Tours

If you need a Coors Field fix during the fall and winter months, stop by for a behind-the-scenes tour of Coors Field!

Tours last between 70-80 minutes and cover about one mile in distance, detailing features of the Rockies' home, club history and much more. Proceeds from Rockies tours benefit Colorado Rockies Charities and both public and private/group tours are available throughout the offseason. Click below to visit for specific information on dates and times.

SCHOOL VISIT SEASON - Make an Impact School Visits

School Visits

The baseball offseason means it's time for the return of the Colorado Rockies Make an Impact School Visit Program.

This school-wide assembly is designed to entertain students while showing them how to make an impact on their lives and communities by teaching them the importance of staying in school, refusing drugs, getting involved and respect. The 45-minute interactive program, which includes a video presentation, recorded player messages, a visit from Rockies mascot Dinger and prizes for all, is designed for grades K-6. Click below for more information on the Rockies Make an Impact program, including how your school can be a host.

TIME TO RAKE - Rake Up Colorado

Rake Up Colorado

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Rockies participated in Rake Up Colorado.

A team of Rockies employees has taken part in the annual Rake Up Colorado event for the last few years, visiting different neighborhoods in Denver to rake for families who need assistance. This year, the Rockies assembled 10 different teams, almost 30 volunteers, to rake for 10 different homes. The Rockies' corporate partner Safelite Auto Glass also sent representatives to lend a hand and participate in the event.

SPECIAL DELIVERY - Thanksgiving Donation to Denver Rescue Mission

Denver Rescue Mission

On Nov. 23, Dinger and a group of Rockies employees delivered food items to Denver Rescue Mission, just in time for Thanksgiving.

A longtime partner of the Rockies, Denver Rescue Mission is just a short walk from Coors Field so the Rockies personally delivered their donation. Upon arriving at the shelter, the crew helped unload and organize an incoming shipment of food before loading up a truck with their donation that included turkeys, canned good and everything else one could need for a Thanksgiving meal. With Dinger participating in the drop-off, the group made a scene walking through the LoDo neighborhood, but it was a memorable field trip.