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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

March 2014

This Months Features:

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY - HOME RUN FOR KINDNESS

Home Runs for Kindness

In an effort to eradicate violence in our schools, the Rockies and Denver-based The Foundation for a Better Life came together to develop the Rockies Home Run for Kindness program, an initiative that will launch this month on social media, online and in schools.

Through a series of discussions and brainstorms, Rockies Owner/Chairman & CEO Dick Monfort, Vice President of Community & Retail Operations Jim Kellogg and President of The Foundation for a Better Life Gary Dixon, developed a concept that incorporated four pilot high schools, as well as a "global" Rockies Home Run for Kindness campaign to stretch into the future.

To add a bit of star power and positive encouragement for students involved in the program, several Rockies players have committed to support each of the school's Rockies Home Run for Kindness campaign, providing encouragement, inspiration and actually appearing at their school to kick off the program.

Students will be encouraged to complete and share via social media as many random acts of kindness as possible, aiming to complete at least 90 acts at each of the four pilot schools-the same number of feet on each baseline of a baseball diamond. If all four schools do their part, completing and reporting at least 90 random acts of kindness, they will have made it all the way around the bases-literally, a home run for kindness-and several students will be invited to Coors Field for a special onfield ceremony before a game.

And this campaign is certainly not limited to these four pilot schools. The random acts of kindness shared by all Rockies fans over the course of the season will add to the movement and be featured online at Rockies.com/kindness, as well as in the pages of Rockies Magazine.

More information on Rockies Home Run for Kindness is available in the April issue of Rockies Magazine and details will be released soon on Rockies.com.

MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC - ROCKIES PARTNER WITH THE COLORADO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Rockies are excited for a new and unique partnership with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) this season, starting with an original composition to be used in stadium, TV commercials and other branding initiatives.

On Opening Day, fans will be introduced to a two-minute "Take the Field" composition, described by composer Charles Denler as "upbeat and very aggressive." The full version of the song will accompany the 2014 team highlight video played just before the starting lineup steps out of the dugout and takes their positions to start each game. And on April 4, several brass and percussion players will be playing their parts live from the field.

And "Take the Field" is just the beginning as both the Rockies and the CSO look forward to all that can develop from this partnership. Dinger has already participated in a performance for kids at Boettcher Concert Hall and smaller ensembles are scheduled to perform on The Rooftop this season. Creating the original composition was just the beginning.

Be sure to stay tuned for more details on the budding partnership between the Rockies and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and read more about it in the upcoming issue of Rockies Magazine.

TULO'S KIDS - TULO FUNDS A TRIP TO SPRING TRAINING FOR CANCER PATIENTS

Tulo's Kids

On Friday, March 7, Troy Tulowitzki provided a trip from Children's Hospital Colorado to Scottsdale, Ariz., for 22 teens undergoing cancer treatments.

For the second consecutive year, this trip, for adolescent cancer patients as well as a select group of doctors and nurses, was an all expenses paid vacation funded by Tulowitzki and the Rockies. Along with transportation to and from Arizona, the trip included lodging, food, Spring Training game tickets, leisure and game time, as well as two separate meet-and-greets: lunch with Tulo himself and another with all of the Rockies players for photos and autographs.

The group enjoyed an evening of fun at Dave & Busters and on top of all that, every one of the kids to make the trip were also given customized No. 2 jerseys with their name on the back.

As much as the trip meant for the patients and their families, it was equally inspiring for the Rockies players. The night before heading back home to Colorado, the kids got together to make bracelets for the Rockies players they would be meeting the next day, leaving behind a reminder of the experience that will not soon be forgotten. On Twitter, Rockies pitcher Brett Anderson said, "It was awesome meeting some of these kids and I'll proudly wear this bracelet they made us."

For many of the patients, it was first time they were away from their parents, giving them a feeling of autonomy and independence not easy for an adolescent cancer patient to experience. And while it may be difficult for parents not to have their sons and daughters in the room next, the kids were in good hands and it was an important break for them too.

After their unforgettable weekend in Arizona, the group returned home to Colorado rejuvenated and refreshed like never before. And the Rockies had some new bracelets to sport this season.

TRANSFORMING RIGHT FIELD - THE ROOFTOP

Fans who have been to LoDo in the past few months may have noticed construction going on in right field at Coors Field, visible from Park Avenue. After the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, seats were removed from Section 301-310 and construction of The Rooftop began.

Now entering the final stages of construction, The Rooftop will be completed by the end of March. Sure to be a great destination, The Rooftop will feature stunning panoramic views of the entire Front Range and Downtown Denver, craft food and drink from new partners CHUBurger and The Tavern, pregame festivities and drink specials prior to first pitch.

Any ticket holder may visit The Rooftop, and you may also purchase tickets for the area. Rooftop tickets are standing room (with access to a limited number of actual seats on most games) and prices range from $26 on Opening Day and Fireworks games to $14 for value games, and the price includes $6 in concession and merchandise credit.

Beginning March 24 at 9 a.m., fans may purchase Rooftop tickets for the month of April. Tickets will be available at all Rockies outlets, Coors Field and Rockies.com.

For more information on The Rooftop, including construction photos and a behind-the-scenes video from ROOT SPORTS, click below, or stay updated on The Rooftop events on Twitter.com/RoxRooftop.

The Rooftop

DECORATING DIA - "XOLOTL"

Xolotl Dog

When travelers arrive at Denver International Airport this month, they will be greeted by a giant, vibrantly-painted paper-mache Xolotl dog. A Xolotl is a breed of hairless dog that is common in Mexico and Central America and is associated with a god of fire and death in Aztec mythology.

The exhibit, created by Oscar Becerra Mora, is meant to decorate the terminal and also serve as a cultural lesson for travelers. Former Rockies Hispanic Adult Leadership Award Winner Marcela De La Mar was instrumental in the creation of the piece and the Rockies have also partnered with the Mexican Cultural Center for a ticket giveaway and photo contest surrounding the exhibit.

"This sculpture depicts one of the fantastic characters born of myths from cultures around the world," said Denver International Airport's manager of aviation, Kim Day. "This creative and vibrant sculpture was created by our neighbors in Mexico and it's going to be a stunning and intriguing conversation piece in the center of the terminal."

The sculpture was brought to Denver with the help of the Mexican Consulate of Denver, Mexican Cultural Center of Denver, Museo de Arte Popular, History Colorado, Biennial of the Americas, Visit Denver and Denver International Airport, so stop by and see it in person today!

Player Spotlight - Boone Logan

Boone Logan

One of the Rockies' primary offseason objectives was to bolster its bullpen heading into the 2014 season. By signing free-agent left-handed pitcher Boone Logan to a three-year contract, the Rockies believe they have added a key piece to accomplish that mission.

Logan, 29, has a delivery that makes him extremely effective in left-on-left matchups, with lefties hitting.243 off Logan throughout his career. Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Logan has pitched the past four seasons with the New York Yankees, recording a 3.38 ERA in that time, with a 19-4 record.

Logan had offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow, but began throwing bullpens and simulated games midway through Spring Training and he and the Rockies hope the Helotes, Tex., native will be ready to pitch by Opening Day.

Community Spotlight - Raymond Garcia Jr.

Raymond Garcia Jr.

Ray Garcia, Jr. is a pillar in the Denver community who has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. As Owner and Project Executive for DRG Construction Corporation, Garcia is responsible for every aspect of DRG's projects, including finances, securing contracts, purchasing materials, overseeing construction, enforcement of standards and more.

Outside of his job, Garcia is also a jack-of-all trades who makes a difference in the community in various ways. He is deeply involved with the baseball program at West High School, helping coach when needed but also supporting with field maintenance, helping provide uniforms and jerseys for players and more; he is available to support the program however needed. Garcia also sits on the board of directors for the Office of Boxing and the Boxing Commission.

Garcia's wife, Diedra, is President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver, and together they support countless local organizations with both funds and volunteer hours. They recently prepared food baskets for Denver families in need in Denver and Garcia, putting his formal training to work, also provides select families in need with home repairs to ensure their house is safe. Ray's passion for core values, namely professionalism, integrity, strong work ethic, value to customers and employees, is exemplified by his commitment to go above and beyond in everything he does.