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BLUE for Kids Hospital Program

In the game of life, it's not just about balls and strikes. That's why baseball's men in blue are giving back to Major League Baseball communites across the country. The BLUE for Kids hospital program brings a crew of Major Leage umpires to the bedside of children with a life-threatening illnesses, and they don't come empty handed. Each crew brings a Build-A-Bear Workshop experience 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 outfit stuffed teddy bears, puppies or monkeys while sharing high-fives and words of encouragement with the BLUE for Kids crew. When available, the home team mascot tags along making it a fun and memorable day.

Through this program UMPS CARE delivers 1200-1400 bears annually to children across the country who need an extra reason to smile. We are grateful to the following sponsors who help make this program possible: Bristol-Myers Squibb, US Foods, Peninsula Sports Inc., Melanie Ahern, Tim Williams, Great Neck Public Schols, and The Evolutionary School of Softball & Baseball among others.

During the 2015 Season UMPS CARE Visited:
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Miami Children's Hopsital
  • Children's Hospital of Orange County
  • Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic
  • Comer Children's Hospital
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital
  • The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
  • Pittsburgh Children's Hospital
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hosptial
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Children's Hopsital
  • The Hospital for Sick Kids
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Mount Sinai Kravitz Children's Hospital

During the 2015 season UMPS CARE surpassed giving out 100,000+ bears since the BLUE for Kids program started and hosted the first BLUE for Kids event durign the Post Season. MLB invited UMPS CARE to hold a BLUE for Kids event before game 3 of the World Series.