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High & Inside: Rockies Community Newsletter

Summer 2016

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The Rockies Visit Buckley Air Force Base

Oberg and Estevez with kids on the base field.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, Carlos Estevez, Scott Oberg, Bench Coach Tom Runnells and Bullpen Catcher/Major League Operations Assistant Aaron Muñoz visited Buckley Air Force Base to provide a special opportunity for military families.

Upon arrival, Estevez, Oberg and the Rockies contingent put on a clinic for kids on the base, teaching pitching mechanics, fielding technique, hitting and more. That said, the face time with players was just as fun for the kids as the baseball knowledge being shared.

The session ended with handshakes, photos and autographs before the Rockies took off to get ready for that night's game. Any time the Rockies can make a visit to Buckley AFB and have the opportunity to thank our servicemen and women and spend time with their children, it's a good day!

Recapping the Rockies' Summer Community Outreach

Instructional league with the Rockies

The Rockies' community outreach efforts have been full steam ahead over the past few months through volunteerism, various drives and service opportunities for front office staff.

To get things started, throughout the month of April, the Rockies and Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) ran a children's book drive before the game at Coors Field. Everything from children's books to young adult chapter books were donated to youngsters in need.

On May 5, the Rockies grounds crew, along with club employees, cleaned up and refurbished Andres Galarraga Field at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Owen Branch in advance of the Rockies and ROOT SPORTS' annual clinic on May 14. That was also PLAY BALL Weekend in Denver, which in addition to the Boys & Girls Clubs clinic, featured a visit to the JeffCo girls' softball league Opening Day and many other activities at Coors Field before the weekend games, designed to encourage kids to play ball every day, whether formally or informally.

The Rockies and Denver Rescue Mission hosted a food drive prior to the June 24 game as volunteers from Denver Rescue were on hand to collect non-perishable food items. A few days later, the Rockies and ROOT SPORTS, along with the Bonfils Blood Center, hosted a blood drive before the June 27 game at Coors Field, a public event that included the Bonfils Bloodmobile being on site at Coors Field.

On July 15, a group of front office employees visited Metro Caring, a Denver hunger-prevention organization. At Metro Caring, the Rockies staff helped organize and stock the food warehouse and greet families who arrived to shop in the Metro Caring market.

And on Aug. 3, the Rockies and National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) hosted their annual clinic at Keli McGregor Field at All-Star Park. It was a special morning as athletes with a disability were able to enjoy the game of baseball, time in the sun, refreshments and, in the end, a visit from Dinger.

The Rockies have also visited the Ronald McDonald House, participated in a project with Project Greenway to clean up a park around the South Platte River, hosted a sock drive for Clothes to Kids of Denver (an organization the club had visited earlier in the season to sort and prepare clothes) and more. It has certainly been a strong season of volunteerism and community service for the Rockies, with even more opportunities on the horizon.

Rockies Wives Initiatives

Rockies Wives

The Rockies Wives continue to do outstanding work in the Colorado community through various events, both inside and outside of Coors Field.

The Rockies Wives hosted their first Grab Bags event of the season on May 27-28. The Grab Bags event has become a gameday fan favorite, when they can purchase a mystery bag containing a signed baseball and proceeds go to Rockies Charities. The Rockies Wives have another installment of the Grab Bags events coming up on Aug. 19-20 at Coors Field.

Along with the Grab Bags events, the "Rockies Players' Favorite Things" Charity Baskets Auction took place on June 25-26. For this opportunity, Rockies Wives assemble a basket containing autographed items and their husband/fiancée/boyfriend's favorite things, anything from movies, to gift cards, to books and more. Through the online auction, fans have the opportunity to own unique items from their favorite players.

The Rockies Wives also united with the Denver Rescue Mission to host a food drive at Coors Field and partnered with Wyatt Academy for a school supply drive. The wives delivered school supplies in person to Wyatt Academy on Aug. 8.

Thanks to the outpouring of support from Rockies fans over the past few years, the Rockies Wives have raised over $100,000 in support of their charity endeavors.

Extended Spring Training and New Pathways For Youth

Group photo

Extended Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz., bridges the gap between the conclusion of Spring Training in early April and the beginning of Minor League Short Season in mid-to-late June. Extended Spring Training serves a variety of functions for player development on the field, but it also includes personal development and community service opportunities.

What makes Clothes To Kids special is that the clothing is made available to children at no cost, and they have the opportunity to go shopping in a store-like setting. For their part, the Rockies sorted, organized and restocked donated items for kids who came through the store. Clothes To Kids has long served children from low-income families, those living in foster care or kids who are victims of crisis.

This year, the Rockies in Extended Spring visited New Pathways For Youth (NPFY), a nonprofit organization that offers after school and summer programs as well as mentoring opportunities for disadvantaged youth in the Phoenix area. The entire staff and roster from Extended Spring Training attended, and during their time at NPFY, the Rockies group connected with the students, taking time to share their values, life stories and discuss goals and how to accomplish them.

Along with the face time and mentorship, the Rockies were also there to provide assistance. RHP Lorenz Ozuna and OF Bobby Stahel took the lead in raising money to buy athletic equipment and toys for the youth, raising over $250 from their teammates, an amount that the Extended staff more than doubled.

Colorado Rockies Charity Golf Classic

Golfing for charity

The annual Colorado Rockies Charity Golf Classic took place on Monday, June 13 at The Pinery Country Club in Parker, Colo. The golf event has become a staple of the fundraising efforts for Colorado Rockies Charities and an event that players, coaches and, of course, participants look forward to every year.

There was a great turnout of Rockies players and coaches this year, choosing to spend a rare off-day supporting the Rockies' charitable efforts. Participants had the opportunity to golf with Eddie Butler, Tyler Chatwood, Daniel Descalso, Jon Gray, Justin Miller, Chad Qualls or Mark Reynolds from the current roster, or any number of former Rockies players including Garrett Akins, Vinny Castilla, Josh Fogg, Brian Fuentes, Jason Hirsh, Steve Reed, Ryan Spilborghs, Cory Sullivan, Larry Walker and others. There was a slight rain delay during the event that forced the golfers back into the clubhouse for a short time, but the day was a huge success, and all for a good cause.

The Carlos Gonzalez Foundation's First Medical Supply Donation

CarGo and family with hundreds of donated supply boxes

This past offseason, Carlos and Indonesia Gonzalez made a pledge to donate $3,000,000 to fund the purchase of medical supplies and equipment for hospitals in their home country of Venezuela.

The donations will be made in various installments to distribute the relief over several years, and on June 10, the Gonzalez family made their first donation with the help of Project C.U.R.E. For the project, the Carlos Gonzalez Foundation and Colorado Rockies Charities partnered with Colorado-based Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world.

Everything from medicine to surgical equipment were donated in this first shipment of supplies, which arrived in July for distribution. And there will be more on the way.