The Mets hosted the New York Mets Spring Clinic for Champions at their Spring Training home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Around 80 Special Olympic athletes and their families participated in the baseball clinic at First Data Field. The athletes got to hit, field, catch and throw with Mets players and coaches including David Wright, Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, Dan Warthen and Kevin Long.
The athletes enjoyed a beautiful day of baseball at the Mets Spring Training facility followed by a BBQ with their favorite ballpark fare. Each athlete left with great memories of an unforgettable day!
The Mets front office has been volunteering at different organizations around New York this offseason. Mets employees partnered with the Pajama Program in Manhattan to read books to children in need. The Pajama Program is a non-profit that provides new pajamas and new books to at-risk children.
Mets employees also stopped by the New York Common Pantry in East Harlem to serve meals to the food insecure. The New York Common Pantry is a Mets Community Partner that is working towards reducing hunger and food insecurity through an array of programs that function to establish long-term independence for those they serve.
The Commissioner's Community Initiative program allows the Mets to enhance the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youth, the medically dependent or disabled, and senior citizens. This program provides complimentary tickets to 501 (C) (3) charitable organizations that allows members of the community to attend a Mets game that they otherwise would not be able to afford.
Please click here for more information on guidelines and eligibly.
The Mets are teaming up with SNY for SNY's Play Ball Initiative that supports youth baseball and softball in the New York metropolitan area through unique and comprehensive contributions. This baseball season, the Mets are working with SNY to award grants, donate equipment, conduct a clinic at Citi Field, invite youth to a Mets game, and provide employee volunteers for a league project to select applicants of the SNY Play Ball Contest. SNY will also honor and recognize recipients on television and at Citi Field during SNY Play Ball Week from May 29 - June 2.
For more information and to apply, click here. Deadline for applications is March 16, 2017.
The Mets are helping Major League Baseball and Scholastic celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, the educational program designed to teach young students about the obstacles faced by Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. The Breaking Barriers essay contest asks students in grades four through nine to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles using values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson.
For the first time the program will be available in Spanish, with contest entries accepted in Spanish as well.
The program will recognize ten national winners in 2017, which will include two Grand Prize winners, two MVP winners and six All-Star Prize winners split between two separate grade groups (Grades 4-6 & Grades 7-9). Visit mlb.com/breakingbarriers to learn more about the program and contest details.