Rockies Community Newsletter - December '12 / January '13
IN THIS ISSUE
• Rockies License Plates
• Making an Impact
• Arizona on the Horizon
• MLB Fan Cave
• Player Spotlight
• Community Spotlight
January 25 - Submission deadline for the MLB Fan Cave January 29-February 2 - Rockies Fantasy Camp, Scottsdale, Ariz. January 30 - Jordan Pacheco's Birthday February 10-11 - 2013 Rockies TV commercial filming, Scottsdale, Ariz. February 13 - Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Land Owner Event, a private event for the Rockies and Diamondbacks to meet Community members who gave their land for Salt River Fields. February 20 - "Heart of the Rockies Fun Run" and "Make An Impact" program, Salt River Elementary School, Scottsdale, Ariz. February 24-March 28 - Baseball Equipment Drive at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, donated to the Community, Scottsdale, Ariz. March 8 - "Senior Breakfast" at the Salt River Senior Center, Scottsdale, Ariz. March 8-10 - Troy Tulowitzki hosting and funding a trip for 18 adolescents from Children's Hospital (including nurses) to travel from Denver to Scottsdale, Ariz. to attend Spring Training. March 12 - Rockies host Community children for a game at Salt River Fields, Scottsdale, Ariz.
MAKING WISHES COME TRUE
2012 MAKE-A-WISH HOLIDAY WISH STORE
Before the Holidays, Dinger spent the morning spreading Holiday cheer at Children's Hospital Colorado during the Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store.
An event partnership between Children's Hospital Colorado and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, the annual Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store offers young patients the opportunity to go "shopping" for their loved ones-parents, grandparents, siblings and friends-and to enjoy a fun experience in the friendly confines of Children's Hospital. Inside the shopping area, patients are able to sort through several tables of merchandise, choosing the perfect item for the special people on their shopping list. Gift options include everything from toys for their brothers and sisters, to watches and jewelry for parents. Along the way, children with life-threatening medical conditions are also able to learn the important lessons of generosity, thoughtfulness and selflessness. Before rejoining their families in the Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store waiting room, gift-givers have their presents wrapped so they can hand them out during their families' holiday celebrations.
This year's Make-A-Wish Holiday Wish Store was a special event in many ways, and Dinger was one of the stars of the show-upstaging even Santa and Mrs. Claus-as he bounced around, posing for pictures and spreading holiday joy to patients and their families.
SHOW YOUR PRIDE
NEW COLORADO ROCKIES LICENSE PLATES
After much anticipation, Colorado Rockies license plates are finally here!
To get your Rockies license plate, first make a $52.80 donation to the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation-100% of every donation helps fund youth sports, education and health programs-and send the license plate application form to Coors Field. After the donation has been accepted and the application has been processed, the plate recipient will receive a certificate to take to their local Department of Motor Vehicles office to pick up their plate.
For a printable version of the license plate application and more information, including frequently asked questions, visit coloradorockies.com/license. We hope to see you on the road soon with a brand new Rockies license plate!
ROCKIES "MAKE AN IMPACT" SCHOOL VISIT PROGRAM REACHES A NEW MILESTONE
The Colorado Rockies "Make An Impact" school visit program has become a staple of the Rockies' community outreach. Visiting over 30 schools each year, the Rockies take great pride in reaching out to Front Range elementary school students to share the important messages of respect, staying in school, refusing drugs and getting involved in their school and community.
This year, the Rockies organization reached a new and exciting milestone, surpassing 100,000 students to experience a Rockies Rally at their school and learn from the "Make an Impact" program!
The clock is ticking until pitchers and catchers report to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 10; Spring Training will be here before you know it!
If you have not yet visited the Rockies' Spring Training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., you're definitely missing out as Salt River Fields is one of the most impressive complexes of its kind. Salt River Fields is state of the art in every way and offers fans unprecedented access to players as they prepare for the regular season. Plus, all of the games are within short drives of each other, even when the Rockies are not playing at Salt River Fields.
If you're in need of a baseball fix before Opening Day, check out the Rockies' Spring Training homepage at coloradorockies.com/spring for all you need to know, including game schedule, accommodations, travel info and more!
Wouldn't you love to watch all 2,430 Major League Baseball games in 2013 from the comfort of a baseball fan's paradise? How about hanging out with some of MLB's biggest stars right in your own living room? This dream is the reality of the MLB Fan Cave and you can be a part of it by applying for the experience of a lifetime.
Entering its third year in 2013, the concept of the Cave is really quite simple: dwell in the downtown New York City Fan Cave and watch every single MLB game played in 2013, all while hanging out with Major League ballplayers and other big celebrities. What could be better?
Visit mlb.com/fancave for more information on the MLB Fan Cave and make sure to submit your application before the January 25 deadline. Let's get a Rockies fan in the Cave this year!
On December 4, 2012, the Rockies acquired right-handed relief pitcher Wilton Lopez and a player to be named later or cash from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed pitchers Alex White and Alex Gillingham.
Lopez is regarded as a premier late-inning reliever who has been one of the most productive right-handed relievers in the game over the last several seasons. He has a high ground ball rate (68.1-percent) over his career, does not walk many batters (39 BB in his 223.2 career innings pitched) and has experience as a closer (10 saves in 2012). The Rockies view this trade as an opportunity to win immediately and improve the bullpen and pitching staff going forward.
A native of León, Nicaragua, Lopez was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent and later spent time in the San Diego Padres organization before making his Major League debut with Houston in 2009.
HITENDRA "HITU" PARMAR
Hitendra "Hitu" Parmar has fast become a friend of the Colorado Rockies, partnering with the Rockies to create personalized awards for the winner and finalists of the 2012 Hispanic Adult Leadership Award.
A native of Harare, Zimbabwe, Parmar moved to Denver when he was 10 years old and grew up in the U.S.; he's quick to point out how his Zimbabwean heritage has influenced his development as an artist and keeps him close to his Hindu roots. Since then, Parmar has forged himself in the Denver artistic community and recently earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Aside from his artistic and architectural talent, Parmar is keenly focused on using his gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. He is the founder of Arts Street Alumni, a nonprofit organization that helps inner-city youth hone their artistic ability and provide opportunities to less fortunate artists with a focus on education. Parmar also founded and created CINEBITES Film Festival, an underground film festival that showcases short films from around the world with a focus on the arts. Parmar has also been an active member of the ACE Mentor Architectural Program for the past couple years, mentoring local high school students in the field of architecture.