In the game of life, it's not just about balls and strikes. Thatís why baseball's men in blue have teamed up with Bristol-Myers Squibb to give back to Major League Baseball communities.
The BLUE for Kids childrenís hospital program brings a crew of Major League umpires to the bedside of children with life-threatening illnesses. And they donít 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. Corporate sponsors include Bristol-Myers Squibb, World Umpires Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLB.com).
2013 Event Schedule
April 30 - Phoenix Children's Hospital
May 21 - UCSF Medical Center
June 11 - Miami Childrenís Hospital
June 25 - Children's Hospital Boston
July 2 - The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
July 30 - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
August 6 - St. Louis Children's Hospital
August 13 - Comer Children's Hospital
August 14 - All Children's Hospital
August 20 - Children's Hospital of Orange County
August 27 - The Hospital for Sick Children
September 3 - Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic
MLB Umpires CB Bucknor (L) and Gerry Davis (R) at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
MLB Umpire Jim Wolf and the Oriole Bird at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
MLB Umpires Alfonso Marquez (L) and Lance Barksdale (R) with Raymond at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.
MLB Umpire Gary Darling with Page Soapes at Children's Hospital of Orange County.