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BLUE for Kids presented by Bristol-Myers Squibb

In the game of life, it's not just about balls and strikes. That’s why baseball's men in blue have made it their mission to give back to Major League Baseball communities.

The BLUE for Kids children’s hospital program brings a crew of Major League umpires to the bedside of children with life-threatening illnesses. And they don’t come empty-handed. Each crew brings a Build-A-Bear Workshop®...right to the hospital room!

While a hospital stay can be a frightening time for children and their families, the BLUE for Kids program lifts the spirits of all involved. Children make stuffed teddy bears, puppies or kittens while sharing high-fives and words of encouragement with the BLUE for Kids crew. When available, the home team mascot tags along!

This program is possible thanks to the generosity of caring corporate sponsors and individual donors. Past corporate sponsors include Bristol-Myers Squibb, World Umpires Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (

2015 Event Schedule 

May 5 - Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA

May 19 - Miami Children's Hospital
Miami, FL

June 2 - Children's Hospital of Orange County
Anaheim, CA

June 10 - Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Baltimore, MD

June 10 - Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

July 7 - Comer Children's Hospital
Chicago, IL

July 28 - St. Louis Children's Hospital
St. Louis, MO

July 29 - The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Bronx, NY

August 18 - Pittsburgh Children's Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA

August 25 - Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix, AZ

August 26 - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
San Francisco, CA

September 1 - The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON - Canada

September 8 - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (pending)
Philadelphia, PA

UmpsCare MLB Umpires Mike Winters, Laz Diaz, Mark Wegner and DJ Reyburn at Comer Children's Hospital.
UmpsCare MLB Umpire Mark Carlson visits with a young patient at Miami Children's Hospital.
UmpsCare MLB Umpires Todd Tichenor (L) and Tim Welke (R) visit with a young fan at Boston Children's Hospital.
UmpsCare MLB Umpire Mike Everitt helps a patient pick out her bear's outfit at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore.