MILWAUKEE -- Before Monday's game against the Giants, Brewers players and front-office members went to five Milwaukee public schools to work with students in accordance with the team's S.C.O.R.E. program.
An acronym that stands for school, community, opportunities, role models and excellence, S.C.O.R.E. focuses on helping students with communication and other life skills. The program also gave kids in Milwaukee a chance to interact with some of their favorite Brewers players.
"It was awesome," said relief pitcher Tim Dillard, who was joined by four of his teammates at Lincoln Center of the Arts on Milwaukee's east side. "We didn't know if anybody knew who we were or not, but we get the round of applause when we're getting introduced, and we get to [starting pitcher Zack Greinke] and the whole place goes nuts. It was fun."
Dillard's group worked with sixth graders at Lincoln Center of the Arts, but the Brewers talked to students of all ages, including high schoolers at Milwaukee School of Languages, where players such as Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks were present.
The Klement's Famous Racing Sausages also accompanied the Milwaukee players to add a little fun, but Dillard said the most important thing was that the students listened to the message the Brewers brought with them.
"Mainly for me, I tried to get the point across that we don't get where we are without getting help, and there's help out there," Dillard said. "It's about latching onto the people doing the right things and who want to see them succeed. Just letting them know that there's people out there."