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Elvis Andrus | Jeff Banister | Adrian Beltre | Robinson Chirinos
Shin-Soo Choo | Ian Desmond | Jake Diekman | Prince Fielder Cole Hamels | Bobby Jones Mitch Moreland | Tanner Scheppers
Texas Rangers Wives | Texas Rangers Clubhouse Staff
Elvis Entourage is a program where Elvis Andrus provides tickets to home games for charities he supports such as the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas, Miracle League, Special Olympics and the Taylor Hooton Foundation. As part of this program Elvis also provided dinner, goody bags and a special meet and greet with him for the Miracle League DFW and Special Olympics.
Elvis also hosted students from River Trails Elementary in Fort Worth for a game and made a donation to the school to be used for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Explorations Starter Set and a portable sound system.
For the last several years, Elvis has hosted Special Olympics Athletes and Law Enforcement Officers for a game. As part of the pre-game ceremony these Law Enforcement Officers, Special Olympians and Elvis run the torch around the infield to bring recognition to the Special Olympics Summer Games. The Law Enforcement Torch Run has dedicated its efforts to ensure that all eligible individuals can participate in the movement. Officers carry the torch on intra-state relays, running for a common cause that brings the torch to the Opening Ceremonies of Summer Games. Elvis has also made a monetary donation each year to the Special Olympics Summer Games.
Elvis has served on the Taylor Hooton Foundation Advisory Board since 2015 participating in the All Me Ped Free campaign. Elvis hosted a group of youngsters from the Taylor Hooton Foundation for a meet and greet and Q&A with him before a Rangers home game. Elvis also made a donation to the Taylor Hooton Foundation, Richard Durrett Foundation, AIDS International and Robinson Chirinos Foundation. Elvis was awarded the Jim Sundberg Community Award in 2014 for his good works in the community.
Jeff and Karen Banister along with Texas Rangers Wives and Girlfriends hosted camps for the Miracle League DFW and Miracle League of Southlake last season. In addition, Jeff meet several youth groups throughout the season treating them for a special visit to his office pre-game as well as watching batting practice on the field and a Rangers home game.
Jeff participates in the Annual Winter Caravan each year and and also spoke at Dale Hansen's 2016 Scholar Athlete Banquet, Louisiana Tech Kick Off Baseball Banquet, Perkins/SMU Sports and Spirituality Class, Coffee with Coaches for the About Positive Coach Alliance (PCA) to name a few. Jeff was honored at the Humble Beginnings luncheon benefitting the Austin Street Center for the Homeless. Jeff also participated in the Dinner with the Rangers for the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
Adrian has donated $600,000 to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation over the last six seasons and is very supportive of the Texas Rangers RBI program in the DFW Metroplex. His financial contribution has allowed the Foundation to expand their RBI program. This year, a Fort Worth RBI program was started and teams in the Dallas RBI program increased by approximately 20.
The Foundation was also able to provide support to the RBI in Lancaster, Shreveport and Austin. This year, Adrian underwrote the indoor field at the Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy.
Adrian is involved in the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation's major fundraiser of the year, the Park Place Dealership Triple Play. Through his leadership and example, his teammates have become involved each year in this important event and largest fundraiser for the Texas Ranger Baseball Foundation. Adrian always participates in the Fielder's Feud portion of the game shows and hand selects the "rookie song" which is a hit of the evening.
Adrian is also is very supportive of his former and current teammates charitable endeavors making donations to the Robinson Chirinos Foundation to assist with back packs and school supplies and The Michael Young Family Foundation in their efforts to assist pediatric cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment. Adrian received the MLB local Roberto Clemente Award in 2013 and 2014 for his community contributions.
Robinson Chirinos and his foundation, The Robinson Chirinos Foundation partnered with Refuge Church in Fort Worth and held a back to school event in August. Robinson provided 1,000 backpacks full of necessary school supplies for elementary and middle school kids.
Robinson was joined by many of his teammates to help distribute the backpacks and sign autographs. As part of Robinson's outreach he and his family also visit senior citizen homes distributing goody bags providing a fun morning for the seniors.
Robinson also collects equipment all season to send back to Venezuela where he conducts clinics and distributes the equipment to children.
The Robinson Chirinos Foundation charitable intent is to benefit the youth and families in our communities. The mission is to provide food, clothing , equipment, sport facilities and items needed to attend school for the less fortunate; To incorporate order, discipline, moral, ethical and mentorship to impact excellence and expectation to being successful in sports, education or in anything one sets their minds to be or do without the set back of simple essentials.
In early July, Shin-Soo Choo and his family donated 1,000 tickets to members of the Korean Community and donations were made in his name to provide scholarships to two young students. Shin-Soo Choo and his wife, Mia met with the families and presented those scholarships before the game. Choo also hosted DFW Metroplex families with a Korean adopted child through Dillon International at Texas Rangers home games in the Choo's Corner.
During the month of May, Ian Desmond donated a $1,000 for every run he scored for a total of $20,000 to the Neurofibromatosis Foundation or NF to help raise awareness. NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Several years ago Ian become friends with a young man living with neurofibromatosis, and since then he has been dedicated to raising awareness for this under-recognized genetic disorder.
Ian also hosted NF patients and their families from the Children's Tumor Foundation at four home games meeting the families pre-game, providing them with tickets in the All You Can Eat Section for the game and goody bags. Ian also made a donation to the Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy to underwrite the training room.
Diagnosed at the age of 11 with Crohn's & Colitis, Jake Diekman is active in raising funds for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation through his "Gut It Out" t-shirt sales. Jake recently hosted a group of North Texas youngsters for a game and a pre-game meet and greet. Jake is also participating in a dinner for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation "A Conversation with Jake Diekman" in early November to help raise additional funds.
Prince has partnered with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation for an educational program "Going to Bat against Bullying" designed to help students promote an anti-bullying environment since 2015. The on-line program is available for use in grades 4 through 8 in Texas schools.
The program has been developed by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in partnership with BKFK and MLB Advanced Media. The program, which is aligned to TEKS standards, will feature anti-bullying tips and ideas from Fielder along with activities designed to prevent and combat bullying.
rince and his wife, Chanel have also participated in the Texas Ranger Baseball Foundation with the Matthew and Camila McConaughey's just keep livin Foundation for the past two seasons. The Rangers Foundation supports just keep livin programs in three high schools in North Texas. Programs meet twice weekly throughout the school year to focus on nutrition, exercise, and giving back. Nearly 90% of students meet health and fitness goals and the students provide more than 1000 hours in community service.
Cole Hamels established The Hamels Foundation in 2009 to help support educational programs and projects. Cole and his wife, Heidi have personally contributed more than $5.6 million to the foundation which includes providing all administrative expenses, specific donations for several programs and projects, and an endowment of $2.5 million.
The Hamels Foundation's mission is to enrich the lives of children through the power of education by giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals. Since 2009, The Hamels Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grant funds Philadelphia area schools, has awarded almost $400,000 in grant funding to schools in Heidi's native Missouri, and $85,000 in college scholarships. This season, the Hamels will award grants to DFW-area schools and have made a financial commitment to the new Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy.
The Foundation's work extends globally to Malawi, Africa where there are over one million orphans due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic by building a primary school at a cost of 2.2 million to educate more than 650 students in the Mulanje District of Malawi.
This season Cole Hamels hosted Operation 35, a program that brought active duty soldiers and their families from Fort Hood to four Texas Rangers home games. Cole met with the soldiers pre-game, provided them with an Operation 35 t-shirt, tickets in the All You Can Eat Section and FSSW provided transportation on the Fan Express Bus from Fort Hood and goody bags for each trip. As part of The Hamels Foundation, Cole and his wife Heidi donated funds to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to sponsor a classroom in the new Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy. Through The Hamels Foundation Cole also gave grants to two Dallas Schools; Winnetka Elementary for Physical Education Equipment and Supplies and Callejo Elementary for a new Counseling Corner.
To honor his commitment to service, the Rangers nominated Hamles for the coveted 2016 The Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Bobby and his wife, Debbie teamed up with Hawaiian Falls and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to host families who've lost a family member while serving in the military and partnered with Snowball Express, a non-profit that provides hope and opportunities to create new memories for the children of military fallen heroes who died while on active duty since 9/11. In July the families were treated to a fun day at Hawaiian Falls in Mansfield to include a meet and greet with Bobby, lunch and water activities as well as a Rangers game at the end of the Rangers season.
Mitch served as the Baseball Tomorrow Fund's Equipment Drive's honorary chairman for the fifth year. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses.
BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. All equipment received was donated to the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex.
Over 1,878 pieces of equipment were collected and Academy Sports + Outdoors made a donation of $2,500 to purchase additional equipment needed. Academy Sports + Outdoors as well as Fox Sports Southwest are sponsor of the annual equipment drive.
Being an avid animal lover, Tanner and his wife Jessica will make a donation to Operation Kindness. Operation Kindness is the place where happiness begins. In 40 years they have saved more than 85,000 cats and dogs. They care for approximately 300 cats and dogs on a day-to-day basis, with another 150 in foster homes. In the past 12 months over 4,500 homeless cats and dogs received medical care, clean shelter, nutritious food and playtime in a natural setting until they were adopted into new forever homes. Tanner also makes a donation to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation each season.
The Texas Rangers Wives and Girlfriends stayed busy this past season with charitable endeavors. They joined forces with The Birthday Party Project and hosted families from Safe Haven Tarrant County for a pre-game dinner and Rangers game. All the youngsters received goody bags and a special visit by Rangers Captain.
Papa John's and Sportservice joined them in their efforts to feed families at the Arlington Life Shelter in July. They also made a donation to the shelter for much needed snacks for the children. In August, they hosted two fun camps at the Miracle League of Southlake and Miracle League DFW for athletes providing instruction, Papa John's pizza, Rangers t-shirts and autographs. In September they hosted a Pink Party at Cook's Children's Hospital in Fort Worth providing a spa day for youngsters. Shadow Buddies partnered with them providing Shadow Buddies dolls and a goody bag full of fun surprises and Papa John's provided pizza and Nothing But Bundt Cakes sweets. They also hosted a Mystery Ball Sale in May and joined forces with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in making a donation to the Line of Duty Fund at the Dallas Foundation. The Line of Duty Fund works closely with the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority to distribute 100% of funds to the officers and families affected by the shootings in Dallas on July 7th.
This past season, the Texas Rangers Training Staff, Coaches and Players participated in a full day of activities for over 100 youngsters for a PLAY event at Globe Life Park. PLAY is a national public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with MLB Charities and the Taylor Hooton Foundation.
The PLAY campaign, which will host events in all 30 Major-League ballparks in 2016, educates America's young people about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. PLAY events run approximately two hours in length with participants divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations. These stations touch on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning and education about the dangers of illegal performance and appearance-enhancing drugs.
Rangers Participants were Kevin Harmon, Rangers Head Athletic Trainer; Matt Lucero, Rangers Assistant Athletic Trainer; Justin Mashore, Rangers Assistant Hitting Coach; Stephanie Fernandes, Ranger Nutritionist; Players Derek Holland and Robinson Chirinos.