In the game of life, it's not just about balls and strikes. That’s why baseball's men in blue have made it their mission 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. Past corporate sponsors include Bristol-Myers Squibb, World Umpires Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLB.com).
2014 Event Schedule
May 21 - Miami Children's Hospital
May 27 - The Hospital for Sick Children
June 10 - Pittsburgh Children's Hospital
June 17 - Children's Hospital Boston
July 8 - Phoenix Children's Hospital
July 22 - Comer Children's Hospital
July 29 - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
August 6 - St. Louis Children's Hospital
August 20 - The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
August 25 - Children's Hospital of Orange County
August 27 - The Hospital for Sick Children
September 2 - Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic
MLB Umpires Mike Winters, Laz Diaz, Mark Wegner and DJ Reyburn at Comer Children's Hospital.
MLB Umpire Mark Carlson visits with a young patient at Miami Children's Hospital.
MLB Umpires Todd Tichenor (L) and Tim Welke (R) visit with a young fan at Boston Children's Hospital.
MLB Umpire Mike Everitt helps a patient pick out her bear's outfit at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore.