The Milwaukee Brewers today announced a new community initiative called "Beyond the Diamond," which features a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, wives, alumni and team personnel working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
"Our players, coaches and staff participate in hundreds of events throughout the year, activities that contribute to bettering the communities we live in throughout southeast Wisconsin and beyond," said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. "Our Beyond the Diamond initiative will highlight a broad spectrum of significant events, those that will feature collective contributions from our players, coaches and staff members all season long."
"Beyond the Diamond" events this year will include "S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day," hospital visits, a playground build, and a Habitat for Humanity project. Each month from May through August, all players, coaches and team personnel will be divided into groups to attend one of the following community outreach events:
- May 8 (Basic Needs) Habitat Build-a-thon: Brewers players, wives, staff, alumni will assist organizers from Habitat for Humanity and residents of the local community to build a home. The event is sponsored by the Brewers wives, Ryan Braun, and Brewers Community Foundation.
- May 21 (Education) S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day: Brewers players and alumni will visit a middle school and deliver the important message of S.C.O.R.E. T-shirts and game tickets will be given to the selected school along with a $5,000 donation, sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation. S.C.O.R.E., an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence, is the Brewers signature character education program.
- June 6 (Health) Children's Hospital Visit: Brewers players and alums will make bedside visits and take Brewers memorabilia to the pediatric patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa.
- July 22 (Recreation) KaBoom Playground Build: Brewers wives, staff and alumni will assist organizers from KaBoom and residents of the local community to build a new playground at the Northside YMCA. Brewers players will also attend the ribbon cutting; thank the volunteers, hand out Brewers Buddies tickets and take group photos with volunteers and supporters. The playground build will be sponsored by Brewers wives, players and Brewers Community Foundation.
- August 20 (Health) VA Hospital Visit: Brewers players and alums will visit and have lunch with patients at the VA Hospital near Miller Park.
More information on each program will be distributed prior to each event.