• Pitching in to help put out
• Accepting Nominations
• Learning from the best
• Welcome to Denver
• Community Spotlight
• Win a trip to the World Series
• Player Spotlight
• Fan Story
July 28 Rockies Wives Charity Event at Coors Field
August 3 Colorado Rockies Hispanic Adult Leadership Award nomination deadline
August 3 National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) Clinic at Keli McGregor Field at Coca-Cola All-Star Park
August 4 Big Brothers, Big Sisters Baseball Clinic at Regis University
August 18 Colorado Rockies Wives Charity Grab Bags Event at Coors Field
PITCHING IN TO HELP PUT OUT
Rockies Colorado Fire Relief Efforts
In late June, devastating wild fires near Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Boulder, Colo. left the Centennial State reeling in one of the worst natural disasters the state has ever seen. In the face of adversity, however, there are often opportunities to come together as a community, to aid our neighbors in need.
On June 29 and 30, Coors Field became a donation hub for fire relief efforts as each gate was manned with Rockies staff-and players at some gates-collecting money for families affected by the fires, as well as for the first responders and fire fighters who bravely stepped up to the plate. In the first two days alone, fans donated about $32,000 at Coors Field. For their part, the Rockies have pledged to match, dollar for dollar, all fan donations up to $50,000. So, as of July 1, the Rockies and their fans have raised about $64,000 for Colorado wild fire relief efforts.
It's time to start nominating outstanding community leaders for the Colorado Rockies Hispanic Adult Leadership Award.
Entering its 10th year, the Hispanic Adult Leadership Award is once again seeking special individuals in Colorado who do great work in the Hispanic community. Leaders need not be of Hispanic descent to be nominated, but must great work in the Latino community. The nomination deadline for the Hispanic Adult Leadership Award is Monday, August 3. For more information, visit coloradorockies.com/hispanic or email Marisol Villagomez at email@example.com.
LEARNING FROM THE BEST
Rockies Youth Baseball Camp
On June 26 and 27, the Rockies hosted the first-ever Colorado Rockies Youth Baseball Camp. The two-day camp took place at Coors Field and participants were able to fine-tune their skills under the watchful eye of the entire Rockies Major League coaching staff. Clinic participants were given customized Rockies jerseys with their name on the back and spent two days playing on the same field as their favorite big leaguers.
Not only was the event fun and educational for the youth who participated, it was also an important fundraiser for the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund. The camp featured over 125 players and all of the money raised from the camp will go directly to help fund the Rockies' Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in 2013, helping to fund youth baseball and softball programs in Colorado.
WELCOME TO DENVER
Vochol at DIA
If you've been to Denver International Airport lately, you may have noticed that someone appears to have illegally parked their car inside the main terminal. But this Volkswagen Beetle is not lost; rather, it is part of an artistic display created and arranged by 2011 Colorado Rockies Hispanic Adult Leadership Award Winner Marcela De La Mar.
In her continuing efforts to positively promote Mexican culture though the Mexican Cultural Center and the Consulate General of Mexico, De La Mar worked with DIA to display the special piece of art for people traveling through Denver or picking someone up at the airport. Inspired by the Vochol, a unique kind of Mexican art that involves decorating a Volkswagen Bug with traditional Mexican Huichol beads, the project was created with the help of students from Denver Public Schools.
The Huichol beads are arranged to create symbolic pictures and patterns, then glued to the car. Each bead design on the car has specific meaning that represents various aspects of the culture and history of Mexico, such as the importance of corn, deer and eagles in Mexican culture. The VW Bug, in itself, is also a reflection of Mexican culture in that they are a very common vehicle throughout Mexico.
De La Mar's Vochol will be parked at DIA until August 31, so make sure to stop by when you're traveling to take some photos and learn more about Mexican culture.
Romaine Pacheco has long served as a volunteer in the Denver community. She began lending a hand at Centro San Juan Diego in the first year it was founded in 2003, and has continued her service to the organization over the past decade. Romaine has been an integral part of planning the annual Las Madrinas Tribute event, which has become one of Centro's marquee events, annually benefitting Centro's Bienstar Family Services program. She is Co-Chair of the Archbishop Jose H. Gomes Gala, another event that benefits Centro San Juan Diego.
"Romaine has been an active volunteer for our organization since the beginning and continues encouraging others to also get involved, including her family," says Jennie Marquez from Centro San Juan Diego. "Caring individuals like Romaine are unique and we are blessed to have her support."
Romaine is also a major figure in the Mexican Cultural Center's "Vino y Chocolate" toy drive that helps to support migrant families in Colorado. And she is a frequent volunteer with the Father Wood Christmas Party, an event that provides and serves a hot meal to hundreds of people who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal.
Romaine has been with Don Pacheco for about 40 years and she has three girls: Diane, Carla and Diedra. She loves gardening and spending time with her grandchildren, Bridget, Alyssa, Xavier and Isabella.
WIN A TRIP TO THE WORLD SERIES
LIKE, Save & Win
As part of the Rockies continued efforts to connect with fans through social media, the team is proud to announce the LIKE, Save & Win sweepstakes! In the Rockies' quest to reach beyond 500,000 fans on Facebook, LIKE, Save & Win will run through the season, culminating with the grand prize giveaway of a trip to the 2012 World Series.
For every 5,000 new Facebook fans, the Rockies will give away prizes, including authentic jerseys, autographed items and VIP experiences at Coors Field. And the more fans that you refer to LIKE the Rockies on Facebook, the more entries you will have in each sweepstakes! So if you refer 25 friends to LIKE the Rockies, you will have 26 entries into the prize drawings. And the more friends you refer over the course of the season, the more chances you will have to win the World Series trip at the end of the season!
There is also a ticket discount component to LIKE, Save & Win. Fans will earn $5 off a ticket to an upcoming game for every 500 new LIKES of the Rockies Facebook page, up to a $20 discount. So if the Rockies receive 1,500 new LIKES, fans will receive $15 off a ticket!
After being acquired from the Chicago Cubs this past offseason, outfielder Tyler Colvin has quickly made an impact for the Rockies this season. After 200 at-bats, Colvin was hitting .295 with 40 RBI, 12 doubles, five triples and 13 home runs. Even more impressive, left-handed hitting Colvin was hitting .341 against left-handed pitchers in his first 58 games and .326 with runners in scoring position. Colvin's athleticism and versatility-he has played all three outfield positions and first base so far this season-makes him even more valuable to the Rockies and he's shown the ability to come up big in late-game situations.
A native of August, S.C, Colvin attended Clemson University and was a first-round pick by the Cubs in 2006.
After the 2009 season I wrote a letter to the Rockies front office. In the letter I basically told them about how I was a huge fan, even though I'm from Wisconsin, and all the reasons why I loved the team. I also mentioned that I thought the organization was doing a great job.
About two weeks later, there was a message on my phone from the office of then president Keli McGregor. He called back about a week later and told me he enjoyed my letter so much that he wanted to personally talk to me about it. The whole time he was talking I couldn't believe it was the president of my favorite team on the other end. I mean, what president of a major sports organization actually takes time out of his day to call a fan that simply wrote a letter? A few days after the call, I received a package in the mail full of Rockies goodies and a card from Mr. McGregor.
The following season, the Rockies started off with a series in Milwaukee, which I was lucky enough to attend. Before the game, after the Rockies took batting practice, I was able to meet Keli McGregor, Dan O'Dowd, Charlie Monfort and Dick Monfort. In fact, I got to jump the railing and stand on the field for a picture with them. The Rockies ended up winning the game, which was the icing on the cake of my perfect day. Unfortunately, two weeks later, Mr. McGregor passed away. It was on that day that I realized how really amazing my whole experience was, and all because of a simple letter.