In their continued efforts to support youth education, the Angels have teamed up with the Orange County Office of Education and the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID) to form Angels Scholars. Created in 2006, the Angels Scholars program annually awards college scholarships to five academically talented, financially disadvantaged public middle school students in Orange County. The Angels Baseball Foundation will award each Angels Scholar $4,000 (plus accrued interest) upon their acceptance into a four-year college. Each year, all Scholars are honored during an on-field pregame ceremony at Angel Stadium. Click here for more information on Angels Scholars.
The Angels kicked off their Adopt-A-School program in 2007 by adopting five local elementary schools and five local high schools. Every year, the Angels and the Angels Baseball Foundation "adopts" a new class of ten schools. Angles players, broadcasters, Alumni and the Angels Strike Force visit the elementary schools and speak to the students about the importance of working hard, reading and staying in school. As a part of the Adopt-A-School program, the Angels Baseball Foundation donates tickets, a $1,000 grant and school supplies to each elementary school. The Foundation donates tickets and $2,500 to each of the five adopted high schools to assist their softball and baseball programs in the areas of equipment, uniforms and field/facility renovation. All schools are honored at a pre-game ceremony during the season.
The Angels annually honor high school students and athletic teams who have earned athletic and scholastic recognition through the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). CIF honors high school athletic teams based on their cumulative grade point average. Individual award recipients must be seniors who have maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average in college-prep courses over the past three years. These students must also have earned a Varsity letter in at least one sport and participated in an additional extracurricular activity. Students are honored on the field during a pregame ceremony and given tickets to enjoy a night of Angels Baseball.
This summer, the Angels and Denny's are partnering with local libraries to encourage students to take part in the Rally Readers program to promote reading as a positive activity for children.
Participants can sign up with their parents online at angels.com/rallyreaders, and kids ages 5-13 will keep a log to track their total hours reading and number of books read. Readers can participate in Strike Force Reading Day on July 9th at Angel Stadium where kids and their families have the opportunity to come read on the outfield grass. On May 15th, kids can start redeeming their reading logs at local Denny's restaurants for prizes donated by the Angels and Denny's throughout the summer.
One grand prize winner, who read at least 60 hours, will announce "Play Ball!" at the Angels game on September 3rd vs. Tampa Bay. For more information, to download a reading log or to sign up for Reading on the Green please click here.
Read Across America Day
Every year on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 1, the Angels join schools across Southern California to celebrate reading during Read Across America Day. In conjunction with the National Education Association's Read Across America event, Angels Alumni, Strike Force and front office staff attended local schools to read aloud in classrooms and share the importance of reading.
Throughout the season, Angels players and their wives visit local hospitals to lift the spirits of the patients and their families. Players and coaches make special appearances to distribute Angels items, sign autographs, and visit with the children and their families. The Angels often visit Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer
The Angels annually join Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Mother's Day to raise money for the fight against breast cancer in America. Game-used bases, lineup cards, and the ceremonial home plate will be auctioned off, with funds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Players, coaches and umpires throughout the league support the cause by wearing pink wristbands and pink ribbons on their uniforms. Many players also choose to play with special pink bats on Mother's Day. The Angels are also honored to participate in the MLB Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to fighting the disease.
Father's Day Home Run Challenge
The Angels and Major League Baseball are committed to the fight against prostate cancer. In 2013, they will continue their partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation for the Home Run Challenge. In its fourteenth year of raising money for the cure of prostate cancer, the Home Run Challenge takes place the week prior to Father's Day with events scheduled at stadiums across the nation. During the Home Run Challenge, fans make a monetary pledge for each home run hit during the week's games, including all games played on Father's Day. On Father's Day, players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers across the league show their support by wearing blue wristbands, uniform decals, blue anti-glare and temporary blue ribbon tattoos.
Light the Night
Since, 2002 the Angels have partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to sponsor the Light the Night Walk. Angels Chairman Dennis Kuhl serves as the Light the Night Walk President. This special fundraising event is held at Angel Stadium and is an annual celebration and commemoration of lives touched by cancer. All walkers carry balloons: cancer patients and survivors carry white illuminated balloons, while cancer supporters carry red illuminated balloons. To participate in this year's walk, please visit www.lightthenight.org.
UCI Blood Drives
Angels Baseball is teaming with UC Irvine Healthcare for a series of summer blood drives at Angel Stadium. By donating blood to UC Irvine Medical Center, you are helping save lives in our community. All donors will receive two Angels baseball tickets. The bloodmobile will be parked near the stadium ticket office, and the big red helmets between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years of age and bring a photo ID.
The Angels Baseball Foundation is a proud partner and supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County. In 1999, the Angels, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Orange County and Major League Baseball partnered together to create the Angels Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) League. This youth program provides an opportunity for 12 to 18-year-olds to play the game of baseball and softball while learning important character and life skills. Through the game RBI concentrates on fundamentals and teamwork, while stressing citizenship and academics. To date, the league has served over 6,500 youth who would not have otherwise had the opportunity to play. Click here for more information on the Angels RBI League.
Angels RBI Clinics
Each season, the Angels RBI League hosts a Baseball and Softball Clinic in the outfield of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Participants of the league rotate through six instructional stations working on their fielding, batting, speed & agility, sliding, and pitching skills. Instruction is provided by local professional clinicians, college coaches, high school coaches and Angels' players and coaches. In addition members focus on SportSMART, a Boys & Girls Clubs of America prevention program designed to give kids the skills to make wise choices in their daily lives. The Angels RBI League provides kids who would not have otherwise had the chance, the opportunity to play baseball and softball in an organized league.
Angels Youth Baseball Camp
The Angels annually host a Baseball Day Camp in the outfield at Angel Stadium. The goal is to not only teach the proper fundamentals of the game of baseball and softball, but also the fun that can be had while playing. Angels players, coaches, and Alumni assist for a great afternoon of baseball. All proceeds from the camp benefit the Angels RBI League. This season, the Angels will also host their first Softball Day Camp at Angel Stadium.
Since 2006, the Angels and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund have teamed up to host the annual Equipment Drive to benefit local baseball and softball leagues. Fans are encouraged to bring new or used gloves, bats, balls, etc. to the ballpark and drop them off at any of the bins located at outside the stadium. Help support youth baseball and softball by participating in our next Equipment Drive! Click here for more information on the Angels Equipment Drive.
Angels in the Outfield
Groundskeepers Canned Food Drive
In the Thanksgiving spirit, the Angels' Groundskeepers hold an annual Canned Food Drive the weekend before Thanksgiving. Fans are given the opportunity to step up to the plate at Angel Stadium and support their local community. All proceeds from the Thanksgiving Drive benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in the fight against hunger during the holiday season.
Angels Baseball Foundation Golf Classic
The Angels annually host the Angels Baseball Foundation Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. In 2012, the event raised over $120,000 for the Foundation. Thirty-six foursomes participate and each is joined by an Angels' Alum. Participants enjoy a round of golf and a dinner reception with Angel greats such as Tim Salmon, Gary DiSarcina, Chuck Finley, Rod Carew and many others.
Aramark Toys for the Children Holiday Luncheon
During the 2012 Holiday Season, the ARAMARK Chefs at Angel Stadium hosted a spectacular lunch buffet for Angels and ARAMARK staff in the stadium's Knothole Club Restaurant. All diners are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped children's toy valued at $10 or more as their donation for lunch. Since it began, hundreds of toys have been collected and later distributed to local children at the Angels Children's Holiday Party and to the Salvation Army.
Angels Baseball Foundation Children's Hospital Party
Each year the Angels Baseball Foundation aims to make the season brighter for 200 underprivileged kids by hosting a Children's Holiday Party for organizations in the Southern California area. The Angels partnered with AM 830 to host the event at ESPN Zone in Anaheim ESPN Zone generously donated the use of their facility, food, and free video arcade games to all the children in attendance. Players, coaches and broadcasters attend each year to kick off the event and provide the children with an afternoon of fun. Angels representatives welcome the children, pass out Angels hats and special holiday t-shirts. The children eat dinner, have a special visit from Santa, and then take time playing games. As the children leave the party, they each receive a toy from Santa, pajamas, a gift to pass onto a loved one and warm holiday wishes from the Angels.
The Angels Wives Group takes an active role in the community throughout the season by contributing their time and effort toward numerous charitable events and organizations. The Player Basket Online Auction annually raises over $20,000 for the Angels Baseball Foundation. The baskets are personalized to the players and coaches and contain game-used and autographed memorabilia, as well as Angels' tickets and merchandise.
Once a month, the Angels and Hyundai will recognize an outstanding individual from the community for their service, acts of heroism, or dedication to helping others through various projects and initiatives. Heroes come in many forms, and the Angels are excited to honor local individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to serving youth, performing acts of selflessness, and exhibiting exceptional character. All stories will be welcomed; no act of heroism is too big or too small.
Help support the Angels Baseball Foundation by participating in our monthly Online Auctions! Twice a month, Angels fans will have the opportunity to bid on authentic Angels items, such as stadium banners, game used jerseys and autographed memorabilia. All proceeds from the online auctions will benefit the Angels Baseball Foundation and its mission to create and improve education, healthcare, arts & sciences, and community related youth programs throughout the region, in addition to providing children the opportunity to experience the great game of baseball and its countless positive attributes. Please visit the Angels Charity Auctions at angels.com for more information.
Imagine walking up to Angel Stadium and seeing your name or message inscribed on a brick in front of the Home Plate Gate. Fans can purchase a 4"X8"brick, inscribe their name or a message on it, and become a permanent fixture on the entry diamond of Angel Stadium. Click here to order now.
The "behind-the-scenes" tour of Angel Stadium of Anaheim is both an enjoyable and educational experience. Attendees are invited to view areas that are normally restricted to the public. The complete tour includes a visit to the Press Box, Visitors' Clubhouse, Bullpen, Dugout, and Angel Stadium's Suites. Tours of the stadium are available year round and all donations support the Angels Baseball Foundation. To make a reservation, please visit angels.com/tours or call 714-940-2045.
The Angels post birthday, anniversary and welcome messages during games on the Angel Vision Board. With a $25 donation per message, fans have the opportunity to share their messages with all those in attendance. All donations go to the Angels Baseball Foundation. Click here for more information.
The Angels are happy to help numerous charitable organizations in Southern California that are dedicated to making a difference in our community. To help support these organizations, the Angels regularly donate various autographed and game-used items and game tickets to be used for fundraising auctions and raffles. If your organization is interested in a donation, please click here for more information.
Angels Baseball Foundation Grants
Since its inception in 2004, the Angels Baseball Foundation has granted over $3,000,000 toward local causes, almost all involving children. The Angels Baseball Foundation has awarded many grants to worthy organizations throughout the community, ranging from music programs to at-risk youth shelters to local hospitals. If your organization is interested in applying for a grant through the Angels Baseball Foundation, please click here or call the Angels Community Relations office at 714-940-2070.