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 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.
April 26 - Phoenix Children's Hospital (Phoenix, AZ)
May 24 - St. Louis Children's Hospital (St. Louis, MO)
May 31 - San Jorge Children's Hospital (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
June 7 - Seattle Children's Hospital (Seattle, WA)
June 27 - Children's Hospital of Orange County (Orange, CA)
July 19 - Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital (Denver, CO)
July 26 - The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (Bronx, NY)
August 2 - Comer Children's Hospital (Chicago, IL)
August 9 - Nicklaus Children's Hospital (Miami, FL)
August 17 - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
August 23 - John's Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore, MD)
August 24 - The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada)
September 6 - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
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, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, US Foods, Peninsula Sports Inc., Melanie Ahern, Tim Williams, Great Neck Public Schools, and The Evolutionary School of Softball & Baseball among others.