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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

July / August 2014

This Months Features:

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AN EVENING ON COORS FIELD - HOME RUN FOR KINDNESS DINNER

Home Run for Kindness

On Sept. 11, the Rockies will host the first-ever Rockies Home Run for Kindness Dinner at Coors Field. Not only will the dinner take place at Coors Field, dinner and drinks will be served ON the infield dirt, a truly unique dining experience.

A video presentation and guest speakers will discuss and demonstrate the importance of practicing kindness in everyday life and, in a larger sense, the dinner will aim to celebrate the Rockies Home Run for Kindness program which seeks to eliminate violence in schools through simple acts of kindness. All proceeds from the Rockies Home Run for Kindness Dinner will benefit Colorado Rockies Charities.

Tables are still available for the Rockies Home Run for Kindness Dinner, seating 2-10 individuals, so plan your "western theme" attire and reserve a table today by visiting Rockies.com/kindnessdinner!

FUNDING GRANTED - COLORADO ROCKIES CHARITY FUND GRANTS

rockies Charity Fund Grant

On July 26, Rockies Owner/Chairman & CEO Dick Monfort presented $710,000 in grants to 12 non-profit agencies on behalf of the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

These agencies provide fundamental programs in the areas of child and youth education, child abuse prevention and treatment and health and wellness. The goal of the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund is to work in partnership with non-profit agencies that have measurable success in working with at-risk community youth on the Front Range. These agencies also provide the necessary tools to empower these children with a path towards self-sufficiency and poverty alleviation.

Those receiving grants in late July included the following organizations: Advocates For Children, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, Inc., Denver Children's Advocacy Center, Denver Kids, Inc., Denver Public Schools Foundation, I Have a Dream Foundation, La Clinica Tepeyac, Inc., Maria Droste Services of Colorado, Tennyson Center for Children and Urban Peak Denver.

A SPECIAL VISIT - A TRIP TO NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND

Naval Air Station North Island

On Aug. 12, a group of Rockies players visited Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif. during a road trip to play the Padres.

A large contingent of Rockies made the trip from the team hotel to the base, including Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers, Charlie Culberson, Corey Dickerson, LaTroy Hawkins, Michael McKenry, Josh Rutledge and Drew Stubbs. As excited as the sailors were for their visit from Major League players, the Rockies were just as excited to meet them, relishing the opportunity to chat, learn their stories and, most of all, shake their hands and thank them for their service.

The players had the opportunity to meet the men and women of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ONE (HSM 71), regarded as one of the Navy's premier operational Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron. They are known as the "Raptors."

It was the best of the best meeting the best of the best, and the hour-long visit included a tour of various helicopters, specialized equipment, behind-the-scenes features and photo ops.

HONORING CUDDY - BRANCH RICKEY AWARD AND ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD

Michael Cuddyer

Michael Cuddyer is a leader, both on and off the field. With his consistent demonstration of volunteerism and community service, Cuddyer was named the Rockies' 2014 nominee for two prestigious MLB service awards: the Branch Rickey Award and the Roberto Clemente Award.

Created by the Rotary Club of Denver, the Branch Rickey Award is named after Branch Rickey, regarded as one of the most influential men in sports history who is credited with signing the first African-American player, Jackie Robinson, and paving the way for the first Latin American player in the Major Leagues, Roberto Clemente. Any Major League Baseball player, owner, manager or front office employee is eligible for the award, which is designed to highlight Rotary International's motto, "Service Above Self."

The Roberto Clemente Award is presented annually to the Major League player who demonstrates a dedication to giving back to the community, along with outstanding skills on the baseball field. The Roberto Clemente Award strives to recognize players who best represent the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their clubs. Congratulations to Cuddy on these well-deserved honors!

GIVING BACK - ROCKIES BASEBALL CLINICS

Baseball Clinic

Participation in youth baseball clinics continues to be an important component of the Rockies community outreach efforts, and the Rockies participated in two recent clinics that made a lasting impression in the lives of local Denver youth.

On July 25, the Rockies and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) hosted the annual PLAY Clinic at Coors Field. Short for "Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth," the PLAY Clinic was founded to raise awareness about children's health issues and youth obesity in the United States. PLAY has conducted over 150 events inside all 30 Major League ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America's young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle. At this year's Rockies PLAY Clinic, participants were instructed by big leaguers Jhoulys Chacin, Michael Cuddyer and Jordan Lyles, as well as the Rockies training staff.

On Aug. 23, more Rockies put on a clinic for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado at Regis University. Christian Bergman, LaTroy Hawkins, Tyler Matzek, Matt McBride and Major League Operations Assistant/Bullpen Catcher Pat Burgess spent the morning with kids from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

ALWAYS HUSTLIN' - COREY DICKERSON HONORED FOR HEART AND HUSTLE

Corey Dickerson

Corey Dickerson plays the game hard. So it should be no surprise that his name was in the mix for this year's Heart & Hustle Award.

Created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005, the Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by both alumni and active Major League players, presented annually to a player from each club who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. After making his first career Major League Opening Day roster this season, Dickerson was named the Rockies recipient of the esteemed award in mid-July. Past Rockies winners include Clint Barmes, Jamey Carroll, Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki, putting Dickerson in impressive company.

Upon hearing the news of his honor, Dickerson took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the alumni and active players who voted for him: "Thanks to @MLBPAA for choosing me for this prestigious award. I'm honored to be chosen representing the @Rockies. #HeartandHustle #thankful"

Dickerson was also named National League Player of the Week in August (Aug. 11-17) as his breakout season has continued. Congratulations to Corey on Heart & Hustle Award and Player of the Week outstanding honors!


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - TOMMY KAHNLE

Tommy Kahnle

Selected in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft during Winter Meetings, Tommy Kahnle has emerged as one of the Rockies' most consistent and reliable bullpen arms this season. Kahnle began the season in a middle relief role, before strong performances earned him increased work in late innings as the All-Star break approached. With his selection in the Rule 5 Draft, Kahnle must stay on the Rockies 25-Man roster or be offered back to his previous club, the New York Yankees. But there would be no such offer. After 47 appearances (63.0 innings pitched), Kahnle had a 3.43 ERA with 56 strikeouts and a .190 opponent batting average. He also had an impressive 1.13 WHIP.

Drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Yankees out of Lynn (Fla.) University, Kahnle, a native of Latham, N.Y., celebrated his 25th birthday on Aug. 7.