BLUE for Kids

BLUE for Kids

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.

During the 2017 Season UMPS CARE will Visit:

  • May 31 - St. Louis Children's Hospital (St. Louis, MO)
  • June 13 - Children's Hosptial of Orange County (Orange, CA)
  • June 28  - Phoenix Children's Hospital (Phoenix, AZ) 
  • June 28 - Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital (Houston, TX) 
  • July 18 - Boston Children's Hospital (Boston, MA) 
  • July 25 - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital (San Franicsco, CA) 
  • July 26 - Rady Children's Hospital (San Diego, CA) 
  • August 2 - Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital (Denver, CO) 
  • August 15 - The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (Bronx, NY)
  • August 22 - Children's Hospital of Pittsburg (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • August 29 - The Hospital for Sick Kids (Toronto, Canada)   
  • September 1 - Alex's Place at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Miami, FL) 
  • September 5 - John's Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore, MD)
  • September 6 - Comer Children's Hospital (Chicago, IL) 

Through this program, UMPS CARE delivers 1200-1400 bears annually to critically-ill children in MLB markets across the country and in Canada. To date, UMPS CARE has distributed 12,500+ bears. We are grateful to the following sponsors who help make this program possible: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Inc. 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.