|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 communities across the country. The BLUE for Kids hospital program brings a crew of Major League 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.
During the 2016 Season UMPS CARE will Visit:
Through this program UMPS CARE delivers 1200-1400 bears annually and during the 2015 season UMPS CARE surpassed giving out 100,000+ bears since the program's inception. 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 Schools, and The Evolutionary School of Softball & Baseball among others.