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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. 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 (

2013 Event Schedule 

April 30 - Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix, AZ

May 21 - UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

June 11 - Miami Childrenís Hospital
Miami, FL

June 25 - Children's Hospital Boston
Boston, MA

July 2 - The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Bronx, NY

July 30 - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

August 6 - St. Louis Children's Hospital
St. Louis, MO

August 13 - Comer Children's Hospital
Chicago, IL

August 14 - All Children's Hospital
Tampa, FL 

August 20 - Children's Hospital of Orange County
Anaheim, CA

August 27 - The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, CA

September 3 - Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

UmpsCare MLB Umpires CB Bucknor (L) and Gerry Davis (R) at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
UmpsCare MLB Umpire Jim Wolf and the Oriole Bird at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
UmpsCare MLB Umpires Alfonso Marquez (L) and Lance Barksdale (R) with Raymond at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.
UmpsCare MLB Umpire Gary Darling with Page Soapes at Children's Hospital of Orange County.