UMPS CARE Charities, a non-profit formed by MLB umpires, visited UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to visit with patients and bring them the magic Build-A-Bears. The organization was founded to provide financial, in-kind, and emotional support for America’s youth and families in need. Their focus is at-risk and seriously ill children by creating memorable baseball experiences, supporting medical care, and raising awareness for foster children. This specific initiative is part of their BLUE for Kids program where professional umpires will visit sixteen hospitals across the country this season.
These umpires know that while they get to spend their days and evenings at the ballpark, there are many children who spend their time indoors getting treatment for various illnesses. UMPS CARE's main objective is to bring some joy to children and families battling sickness, and they have been doing just that by delivering over 1500 Build-A-Bears to children across MLB markets this season. To date, they have given out 15,000 bears and counting.
Why We Like It
UMPS CARE is an unexpected example of sports philanthropy in action. While we all know countless examples of pro athletes and teams engaging with the community, we rarely hear the stories of other "players" out there on the field. These professional umpires have determined a specific purpose, secured nationwide sponsors, and have delivered on their initiatives. They've recognized that while they might not be the most famous people on their field, they can still leverage their position in sports to have impact.
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