Social responsibility is one of the main tenets of Major League Baseball. Through their commitment to spreading awareness with these league-wide programs and initiatives, in partnerships with several non-profit organizations, each of the 30 MLB Clubs are able to make a large impact on the various communities they serve. Throughout the season, the Rangers celebrate these initiatives at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Texas Rangers host Autism Awareness Night in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Nearly 100 families with members on the Autism spectrum were in attendance. Players wore Autism Speaks “Shine a Light on Autism” shirts during warm-ups in efforts to raise awareness. The inaugural first pitch was thrown out by a young boy who is on the autism spectrum.
Wednesday, April 15 MLB commemorated the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Baseball’s color barrier. For the seventh consecutive year, all players and on-field personnel wore Robinson’s retired number, 42. A special on field pre-game ceremony was held to recognize the local chapter of the United Negro College Fund and representatives from local Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Texas State District 109 Representative Helen Giddings threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Play Sun Smart is a joint effort by MLB, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness of skin cancer and offer prevention and detection tips to the baseball community. Rangers RBI held a special on field ceremony before the game where the kids provided sunscreen to the players before they went onto the field.
For the 10th year in a row, MLB dedicated all games on Mother's Day to the fight against breast cancer. The "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative supports Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. Players and on-field personnel wore wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms and during a special pre game presentation over 500 breast cancer survivors and their loved ones were part of an on field parade, with the winner of the annual Honorary Bat Girl contest throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Players Trust Buses for Baseball program provides thousands of disadvantaged youth with an unforgettable trip to a Major League baseball game. Over 50 individuals from Rae's Hope, a local Dallas based charity, were treated to an unforgettable day at the ballpark as the personal guests of the Players Trust and Rangers players.
MLB paid tribute to Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig on the 75th anniversary of his iconic "Luckiest Man" speech by joining forces with ALS organizations to raise awareness for the disease, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Hall of Fame first-baseman made his speech upon retiring from baseball on July 4, 1939. This season, a member of the ALS Association threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Each year, MLB Clubs hold equipment drives at their stadiums where fans, front office staff and players are invited to donate new and used equipment to benefit a local organization. In conjunction with the items collected at the gates, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded a $5,000 grant to the Rangers RBI Programs in Dallas and Fort Worth.
The Roberto Clemente Award, originally known as The Commissioner's Award, recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. Each year, every Club nominates a player that truly understands the value of helping others. In 2014, the Rangers nominated Andre Beltre. The award is presented in September with a special on field presentation