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March 1 - "Make An Impact" school visit, Hulstrom K-8 in Northglenn, Colo. March 2 - The 2013 World Baseball Classic begins March 6 - Two "Make An Impact" school visits: Baggs Elementary and Hebard Elementary Schools in Cheyenne, Wyo. February 24-March 28 - Baseball equipment drive at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, with all equipment donated to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community March 8-10 - Troy Tulowitzki hosts and funds a trip for 18 adolescents from Children's Hospital Colorado to travel from Denver to Scottsdale for Spring Training. March 12 - Rockies host children from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for a game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. March 17-19 - World Baseball Classic Championship Series, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. March 26 - The 10-Day Countdown to Opening Day at Coors Field begins. March 28 - Dinger departs on a road trip to Salt Lake City, Utah March 29 - Two "Make An Impact" school visits: Adelaide Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah. and another Utah visit to be determined March 30 - Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners in Salt Lake City, Utah.
FUN RUN AND SCHOOL VISIT AT SALT RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Rockies had a special day of community outreach planned for February 20, but an epic snow and hailstorm in Arizona had other plans.
Luckily, for children of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Arizona sun returned the following day and melted the snow away.
February 21 started just like a normal school day, but at 9 a.m., students reported to the outdoor commons area at Salt River Elementary and began stretching and warming up for the 1.3 mile "Heart of the Rockies" Fun Run. This first-ever Heart of the Rockies run was a chance for students to get outside, learn the importance of fitness and physical activity and, of course, have a good time with each other, Rockies staff and Dinger.
"I truly believe that you can have anything in this world, but if you're not healthy, it really doesn't matter," says Martin Harvier, vice president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the tribe to which the students of Salt River Elementary School belong. "Not only in our Community, but throughout the nation, one of the most important things is the health of its citizens."
Along with helping organize the run itself, the Rockies also provided hundreds of Heart of the Rockies T-shirts for Community children. For the route, students departed from the front of their school and raced to the neighboring Salt River High School, where Dinger and the Salt River High School mascot cheered them on at the halfway point. Though exhausted by the end, students were greeted at the finish line with music and loud cheers of congratulations, and a popsicle to help the cool down process.
After a brief awards ceremony to honor top finishers, raffle drawings and other award presentations, the first-ever "Make An Impact" school visit in Arizona, and the first-ever outdoor school visit, was underway.
While the Rockies' Make An Impact program has become a staple of the club's community outreach, this particular event was an outstanding opportunity for the Rockies to spend quality time with children from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Rockies' Spring Training host and a special partner of the organization.
Over 400 people turned out and the school visit capped off a special morning.
In the process of forming a long-term partnership through the building of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and in the years before construction commenced, both organizations-the Rockies and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community-discussed the value and importance of an authentic relationship, seeking to forge a strong connection for years to come. Community involvement was an important component of that mission.
During Spring Training every year, the Rockies place a major emphasis on giving back through various opportunities in and around the Community. On February 12, the Rockies participated in a Land Owner Event, a private event for the Rockies and Diamondbacks to meet Community members who gave their land so that Salt River Fields could be built. Throughout Spring Training, the Rockies will host a baseball equipment drive, encouraging fans to donate equipment, which will be donated to the Community. On March 12, the Rockies will host Community children for a game at Salt River Fields and the Rockies are also planning on making a trip to the Salt River Senior Center to spend time with elderly member of the community, eating breakfast with them and leading a group stretch.
"With our elders and our children especially, there's an excitement about having a Major League Baseball player come to the Community," says Harvier. "I don't think anybody would have thought that professional athletes would be coming to their meetings and sitting in on some of their activities. For them to come out into our community, it's really uplifting for them to know that [players] take time out of their busy schedules to spend time with them. To spend time with our youth, I truly believe it motivates them, maybe not in the way of baseball, but to achieve their goals."
For more on the history and culture of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, pick up the March issue of Rockies Magazine.
ROCKIES TOP MOMENTS VOTE
Choosing the top moments from 20 years of Rockies history is a tough task. But that's what you need to do!
Participate in the Rockies' Top Moments vote by visiting Rockies.com/20th and selecting which Rockies moments should be highlighted this year, along with sharing your personal memory of each moment. And if one of your moments is missing-there are 20 years of memories to choose from, after all-you can utilize the write-in box to have your opinion heard.
The top moments, as selected by Rockies fans, will be featured all season long in-game, in Rockies Magazine and on ROOT SPORTS.
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Acquired on April 3, 2012, Adam Ottavino performed well in 2012 as one of the Rockies' top "hybrid" relievers. In the "hybrid" role, Ottavino was used as both a matchup pitcher to face one batter, and he also threw multiple innings throughout the season. He made 25 appearance of more than one inning last year, going 5-0 in those games with a 2.13 ERA, 52 strikeouts and a .202 opponent batting average.
A first-round draft pick in 2006 (30th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals, Ottavino pitched 79 innings in 2012, finishing the year with a 4.56 ERA, 81 strikeouts and a .253 opponent batting average. He also had an outstanding August, going 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA and 1.41 opponent batting average.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ottavino attended Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and because of his Italian heritage, he pitched for Team Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.