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Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks today was named the Brewers nominee for the 2013 Branch Rickey award presented by the Rotary Club of Denver. This is the first year fans have been able to vote for their choice for the Branch Rickey award and enter a drawing for a trip to the 2013 World Series. Fans can use online voting through Facebook by visiting the Branch Rickey Award website.
Fans may vote as many times as they would like during the Fan Voting period which ends Monday, August 12, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. CT.
Unlike the many baseball awards based on statistics, the Branch Rickey Award recognizes individuals who give unselfishly of themselves to their communities. These men are strong role models for today’s young people. All of the honorees personify Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self.”
Year in and year out, Weeks has given back to the Milwaukee community. Weeks has supported the American Diabetes Association, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, the Beckum-Stapleton Little League and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Wisconsin. He has also contributed to scholarship programs for Milwaukee-area students and, since 2008, has sponsored the “Rickie’s Rookies” ticket program which provides hundreds of tickets and t-shirts to youth groups across the state.
Each Major League team was asked to nominate a humanitarian from their team for the 2013 award. A National Selection Committee, composed of 450 members of the sports media, past award winners, baseball executives and Rotary district governors, has been invited to vote on the nominees. The independent accounting firm of RubinBrown will verify the results. The Fan Vote will be taken into account in selecting the winner.
The Rotary Club of Denver plans to announce the 2013 Branch Rickey Award honoree in mid-September. This year’s winner, along with all the previous recipients, will be invited to attend the Branch Rickey Award banquet on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Denver. The winner will be inducted as the 22nd member of the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame. Presenting sponsor is AMG National Trust Bank.
The late Branch Rickey, known to millions as “Mr. Baseball,” is credited with breaking the color barrier in the Major Leagues in 1945 when he signed Jackie Robinson, the first modern-day African-American player. He also hired the first Hispanic player, Roberto Clemente. Rickey was portrayed by Harrison Ford in the recent Jackie Robinson movie “42.”
Rickey helped develop the farm system in baseball and stimulated the sport’s expansion into more cities. Always an advocate for underprivileged children, he spearheaded the development of the famous “Knot Hole Gang,” to allow kids to attend big league games.
The Milwaukee community is lucky to have the support of a guy like Weeks. He is a quiet guy off the field and doesn’t look for recognition for his large heart, but he is well deserving of this award.
Today, 4,000 people took part in the sold-out Brewers Community Foundation’s 15th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and it was a huge success!
The top time was 15:55:20 (a 5:08 pace, wow!) by Ben Garbe of New Berlin and the top finisher in the mascot division was Polish. If you ran today’s race, click here for searchable results. This link will take you to a .PDF of complete results as well.
The weather was absolutely perfect as Milwaukee was given a little relief from the recent humid air of the past week. Brewers coaching assistant Joe Crawford served as the Celebrity Starter for this year’s race.
Fundraising efforts for the event raised money for Fisher House Wisconsin, which provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.
For more on the event, follow @BrewersCF on Twitter.
We’ve compiled some of the photos and tweets we’ve received via Twitter and Instagram, but we’d love to see yours, too! It was cool to see people taking photos along the way during the race. Tweet and/or Instagram your comments and photos using the hashtag #Sausage5K.
This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place 10 weeks from today, on Saturday, September 28. Registration is still open and you can save by signing up by Wednesday, July 31.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and finished the race today and thanks to the many volunteers who helped put on such a great event. There is nothing like that feeling of crossing the finish line and it was great to see the smiles on the faces of everyone as they crossed the line.
-John and Cait
On Saturday, we’ll host our eighth annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park as the Crew takes on the Miami Marlins at 6:10 p.m.
As part of the Negro Leagues Tribute, the Crew will wear reproductions of uniforms worn by the Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League.
The team played only one season before disbanding but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill. The Miami Marlins will join in by donning uniforms of the Minor League Miami Marlins, who were a Triple-A franchise in the International League from 1956-1960. Hall-of-fame pitcher Satchel Paige was a member of the Marlins towards the end of his playing career from 1956-58.
We will also honor former Negro League players George Altman and Lonnie Harris in a pre-game ceremony. An autograph session with the two honorees will take place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.
Altman, 80, was an outfielder for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1955. Nicknamed “Jo-Jo,” he played three months in the Negro Leagues before signing with the Chicago Cubs. He played for the Cubs (1959-62, ’65-67), St. Louis Cardinals (1963) and New York Mets (1964). Altman was a National League All-Star in 1961 and 1962. In addition, he spent seven seasons playing in Japan, where he finished his baseball career in 1975.
Harris, 83, played eight seasons in the Negro Leagues (1953-1960) as an outfielder with the Birmingham Black Barons and Memphis Red Sox. Nicknamed “Showboat,” he earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1953 and played in the East-West All-Star Games in 1953 and 1955. While serving in the U.S. Army, Harris won a batting title. In addition to his accomplished baseball career, he earned three bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from the University of Memphis. After graduating, he taught special education and worked with the Board of Education for 20 years.
The activities continue on Sunday, July 21 beginning at 1:45 p.m. when Altman and Harris will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC). We are once again partnering with the MKDC and the church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.
In previous years, we’ve recognized pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012), pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame. During our initial Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.
The game-worn Milwaukee Bears uniforms worn by Brewers players and coaches will be auctioned off at Brewers.com, starting at 9 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 23 and continuing through Monday, July 29 at 5 p.m. CT. The proceeds from the auction will go to Brewers Community Foundation to benefit the Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. For additional information or ticket info, fans can visit Brewers.com.
Although the Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk is sold out and the race is fast approaching, participants still have time to raise money to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin.
In 2013, Brewers Community Foundation will again be utilizing a fundraising component to raise additional funds that fall under one of the focused areas of interest for Brewers Community Foundation. This year all funds raised through this fundraising tool will be directed towards the Fisher House Wisconsin. The goal is to raise at least $100,000 to help Fisher House Wisconsin raise the necessary funds to break ground in 2013.
Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Currently, veterans from 23 different states of all generations are traveling to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for treatment at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, while 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are receiving treatment here in Milwaukee for their wounds or injuries. Veterans and their families living beyond 50-miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital are eligible to stay for free at the Fisher House if they need to overnight. The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and ensures that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Due to this need, the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. The anticipated ground breaking for Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled for 2013.
Brewers Community Foundation is encouraging all participants to set a personal fundraising goal and challenge themselves to earn one of their unique fundraising incentives which include: concession vouchers, Brewers tickets, the opportunity to watch Brewers batting practice from the field, an autographed baseball and the opportunity to throw out a first pitch at a game.
To be considered for incentives, fundraising must be completed by this Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm CT.
Participants can make a substantial impact by raising money by utilizing the fundraising tool. Email your friends, family and coworkers from your fundraising page and encourage them to make a difference in the lives of children and families, you can also like your page on your Facebook and Twitter social networking accounts.
Missed out on the race? You can still help Fisher House by making a donation.
Visit brewers.com/5ksausagerunwalk and click on the Fundraise tab to become a fundraiser, find a team and/or make a donation today.
Bring School or Art Supplies With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity
This weekend marks the second Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive for Charity of the year with a school and art supply drive during the Brewers series against the Atlanta Braves.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new school and art supplies. Each fan that donates will receive a collectible Brewers player pin–this weekend’s pin is of pitcher Chris Narveson. Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.
The Brewers Community Foundation is always finding creative ways to support their causes while at the same time, offering fans unique experiences. After a two-year break, the Brewers Wives “Jerseys Off Their Back” Raffle is back!
The Brewers Wives are hosting this special event that will benefit Sharp Literacy on Saturday, June 22 when the Brewers face the Atlanta Braves. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the game for $1 and lucky winners will have the opportunity to receive a jersey off the back of a Brewers player and have that jersey autographed.
Proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will go to the Brewers Community Foundation in support of SHARP Literacy.
Brewers Wives will be walking through the stands and staffing tables throughout Miller Park selling tickets until the 4th inning. A drawing for the Jerseys Off Their Backs raffle will be held and the winning tickets will be displayed on the scoreboard in the middle of the 5th inning until the 7th inning stretch. We will also post the winning numbers here to the blog and tweet out the link so if you miss the scoreboard messaging, the winning numbers can be found here.
Fans who buy raffle tickets should look to the scoreboard at that time for the winning ticket numbers. Winning numbers will also be posted at the Brewers Community Foundation/Jersey Off Their Backs Raffle Table and at Guest Relations.
Those who see their winning number must report to Guest Relations on the Field Level by the middle of the 9th inning to claim their prize.
Since 1996, SHARP Literacy has provided students with opportunities to develop a range of skills – reading, writing, oral communications, research, creating thinking and problem solving – SHARP creates a solid foundation for future learning and success. SHARP currently serves 5,000+ students in grades 1-5.
SHARP Mission: SHARP Literacy energizes urban school children to become confident, capable readers, writers and researchers, using the visual arts to engage young minds and reinforce learning.
If you are at the June 22 game, this is a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause and have the opportunity to take home a very unique piece of memorabilia.
On Tuesday, July 9, Brewers fans will have an opportunity to take in the Brewers game in an all-inclusive area, walk away with a unique collectible to remember the occasion, and help contribute to a great cause.
On that night, the Brewers will host “Go to Bat for Brewers Community Foundation Presented by Baker Tilly” in the Gehl Club at Miller Park. The Brewers will play against the Cincinnati Reds that evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
Each participant will receive a limited edition, framed photo set signed by Yovani Gallardo and Jonathan Lucroy (only 200 available), along with a ticket to the Gehl Club for the game, a full buffet and two complimentary glasses of beer or wine per adult.
“Baker Tilly is excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Brewers Community Foundation on this event and supports the foundation’s effort to bring health, education, recreation, and basic needs programming to the region’s low-income and disadvantaged youth,” said Bill Wertz, Partner and Market Leader of the firm’s Milwaukee office.
Individual tickets are priced at $175 and can be purchased at brewers.com/giveback or by calling the Brewers Ticket Offices at (414) 902-GAME (4263).
A portion of the proceeds will support the causes of Brewers Community Foundation.
About Baker Tilly
With more than 1,600 employees, Baker Tilly provides a wide range of accounting, tax, and advisory services. Ranked as one of the top 20 largest firms in the country*, Baker Tilly serves clients from offices in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Washington DC, and throughout Wisconsin.
Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 131 countries, with 26,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.3 billion.
*According to Accounting Today’s 2013 list of “Top 100 Firms.”
“Beyond the Diamond” Initiative Continues Today with S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company
The Brewers Beyond the Diamond program continued today with “S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company.” Beyond the Diamond is a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season from May through August. The program is built around a partnership with Brewers Community Foundation, which features Brewers players, coaches, wives, alumni and team staff working hands-on in the community.
Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, Alfredo Figaro and Wily Peralta visited the over 600 energetic children at Vieau School to emphasize the importance of education. S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis toward education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engaged students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets will be provided, along with a $2,500 donation from Brewers Community Foundation toward academic programs.
Vieau is a bilingual school and the program for the kids was done mostly in Spanish. The event was emceed by the Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Brewers, Andy Olivares of ESPN Deportes Milwaukee. Figaro spoke of the importance of school while growing up in the Dominican Republic, Peralta talked about community, Gomez spoke about taking advantage of opportunities given to the youngsters and Gallardo talked about the role models in his life–his parents and teachers–and compared them to the role models in the lives of students.
Also participating in today’s event was Kurt Konicke of the Gordon Flesch Company, Vieau principal Eduardo Galvan and Dr. Gregory Thornton, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. Special thanks go to Katina Shaw and Cecelia Gore for helping play today’s event and to Scott Paulus for the great photos.
The first event in the “Beyond the Diamond” initiative for the Brewers was a Habitat for Humanity build earlier this month.
The cliché “one of a kind…” is heard all too often, but the “2013 Milwaukee Brewers Ultimate Fan Experience” is something that would be next to impossible to replicate.
Through the sweepstakes, one lucky fan will be chosen to receive the following prize package:
- A Bob Uecker Game-Worn Sweater—a colorful, warm piece of history worn by a colorful man. The sweater comes complete with a Major League Baseball authentication hologram that shows Mr. Baseball wore the sweater during a Brewers radio broadcast this year.
- Yovani Gallardo’s Game-Worn 2013 Opening Day Jersey that was donned by the Brewers righthander for his fourth consecutive Opening Day start. The jersey is authenticated by Major League Baseball.
- Four Round-Trip Southwest Airlines Tickets between Milwaukee (either to or from) and any location served by Southwest Airlines.
- Four Field Diamond Box Tickets to any 2013 Milwaukee Brewers regular season game at Miller Park.
- A Chance to Slide Down Bernie Brewer’s Slide along with three of your friends.
- Bob Uecker Meet and Greet – Your group of four will meet “Ueck” on the field during batting practice before a Brewers game at Miller Park. You will then be able to watch batting practice on the field and have your photo taken in the Brewers dugout.
- Your Own Bobblehead – The Brewers will create a bobblehead in your image and produce the item for your personal collection.
Sweepstakes tickets are just $1, and the more times you enter, the better chance of winning. Tickets will be available at brewers.com/ultimatesweeps beginning today at 10 a.m. CT through Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. CT. No purchase necessary. Entries are also accepted by writing to: Brewers Ultimate Fan Experience Sweepstakes, c/o Brewers Community Foundation, One Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214.
“We wanted to offer a package that was truly unique, and it all starts with an item like Ueck’s game-worn sweater,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We think this will be a very popular contest with an appeal to Brewers fans of all ages.”
The winning name will be drawn on or around Monday, June 17. Net proceeds from the sweepstakes will benefit the programs supported by the Brewers Community Foundation. For complete rules and more information, please visit brewers.com/ultimatesweeps.
The Brewers today kicked off their “Beyond the Diamond” initiative with a Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon.
Players, Brewers Wives and staff will help organizers from Habitat for Humanity and residents of the local community to build a home in a week’s time. Members of the Brewers organization will also be making special guest appearances throughout the week.
They will join Habitat’s dedicated volunteers and sponsors on a variety of projects in Washington Park which include the following: Building new affordable homes, helping homeowners make needed repairs on existing homes, and increasing community safety. For the second year in a row, Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Habitat’s Blitz Build and has teamed up with Ryan Braun and Brewers Wives to lend support through a joint $50,000 donation.
Today, a press conference was held to kick off the week-long project. The sun was shining and attendees of the press conference included Braun, Ron Roenicke, Michael Gonzalez and Brewers Wives Karen Roenicke, Kristina Hart, Larisa Fraser and Susan Cutajar.
Tomorrow, the Brewers Wives will work on the site along with Habitat volunteers, sponsors and partner families. Thursday morning, Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle sellers will join Habitat volunteers working together to build one of the three new affordable homes being constructed in the Washington Park neighborhood during the “Blitz Build.” On Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, Brewers front office staff will get in the act and join volunteers from Habitat on the three houses.
Michael Goelzer snapped some great photos from today’s events in the Washington Park neighborhood. This is really a great way for the Brewers to kick off “Beyond the Diamond.” It truly a team effort that includes Brewers players, staff and their families.