In the game of life, it's not just about balls and strikes. That’s 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 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. Corporate sponsors include Bristol-Myers Squibb, World Umpires Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLB.com).
2012 Event Schedule
April 17 - Phoenix Children's Hospital
May 22 - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
May 29 - Children's Hospital Boston
June 5 - UCSF Medical Center
June 19 - Comer Children's Hospital
July 17 - The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
July 24 - St. Louis Children's Hospital
August 7 - Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic
August 14 - Children's Hospital of Orange County
August 28 - Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
September 5 - Miami Children’s Hospital
September 5 - Children's Mercy Hospital
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.