Blue For Kids

BLUE for Kids Hospital Program

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.

+ Build-A-Bears® Delivered

Through this program, UMPS CARE delivered 1,700 bears to critically-ill children in MLB markets across the country and in Canada in 2019. To date, UMPS CARE has made more than 150 hospital visits and distributed 16,000+ Build-A-Bear furry friends. We are grateful to the following sponsors who help make this program possible: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Inc., US Foods, Santa Clara Umpire Federation, Melanie Ahern, The Williams Family, Santa PICsU, Adam Schwarz of IE-Realtors, among others.

2019 Hospital Visits

May 13

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix, AZ

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May 22

The Hospital for Sick Kids

Toronto, Canada

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May 29

Comer Children’s Hospital

Chicago, IL

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June 5

The Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH

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June 18

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle, WA

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July 17

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Baltimore, MD

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July 23

Children’s National Medical Center

Washington, DC

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July 24

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

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July 30

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Center

Cincinnati, OH

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August 13

Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

New York, NY

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August 15

The Zone at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

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August 21

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

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August 27

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

San Francisco, CA

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August 28

Rady Children’s Hospital

San Diego, CA

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September 4

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston, MA

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September 10

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Houston, TX

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