Happy summer! The first official day of summer was last Wednesday. Temperatures here in New York City reached a scorching 97 degrees and as the heat wave blazed on, BTF thought it may be a good idea to review some key tricks and tips for remaining cool and safe while playing in the heat.
Hopefully everyone knows that playing sports or even simply being active in excessive heat can be very dangerous. In extreme heat, dehydration, heat exhaustion and electrolyte imbalances are more likely to occur. Here are a few tips and guidelines for enjoying the sports you love in the heat that can make it challenging.
- Drink the right amount of fluids – on a hot day be sure to drink more H2O than usual: before, during and after your activity.
- Replace lost electrolytes – these are salts and minerals of your body that sweat often removes. It’s essential to replace them either with salty foods or sports drinks like Gatorade.
- Wear the right kind of clothing – be sure to dress yourself in lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
- Always wear sunscreen – simple as that. Make sure it’s of 30 SPF or higher and sweat proof.
- Listen to your body – if you notice headaches, fatigue or nausea, take a breather, drink some water and cool down.
As the school year comes to an end and sports games and outdoor activities pick up, be sure to play heat and sun smart!
Besides all those baseball and softball games coming your way, so are more BTF/MLB Equipment Days! This past Friday, the Boston Red Sox collection happened at Fenway Park and lasted throughout the weekend. The Miami Marlins will host their collection drive this Saturday 6/30 and the Atlanta Braves will close out the month with their collection on Saturday 6/30 and Sunday 7/1. The BTF Facebook and Twitter pages are chock full of updates, pictures, and further details so be sure to check them out.
The success of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund is due, in large part, to the MLB Clubs’ support and promotion of the Fund and its initiatives. To recognize those Clubs that demonstrate exceptional support of the fund each year, the Board of Directors created the BTF Award of Appreciation.
Wednesday evening in East York, Toronto is one that will not soon be forgotten.
BTF grant recipient East York Baseball Association celebrated the completion of the field renovation and field lighting installation at Stan Wadlow Park. BTF Executive Director, Cathy Bradley, Blue Jays pitchers Ricky Romero and Drew Hutchison, along with Blue Jays alumni and staff were on hand for the official unveiling. Romero noted, “It would mean a lot, (having field lights) especially for me. I never wanted to leave the baseball diamond. I could be there 24/7, and to this day it’s something that I don’t take for granted. Two extra hours means a lot more work.”
East York Baseball Association received a $42,270 grant from BTF and an additional $150,000 investment from the Jays Care Foundation toward the installation of field lights. The facility has served as the primary location for the Blue Jays Academy Rookie League. The program provides a summer baseball camp that operates in 40 neighborhoods and serves more than 900 children. The lights will allow for two additional hours of play each night, increasing the participation of kids throughout the summer. As summarized by Hutchinson, “It’s awesome; you don’t have to go home early. You just stay and keep playing.”
As highlighted in the video, the ceremony included speeches to the enthusiastic crowd, followed by an on-field clinic hosted by Blue Jays instructors, former broadcasters and current Blue Jays players. Our very own, Cathy Bradley, stated “I go to a lot of these events all over the U.S. and throughout the world, and I’ll say this is one of the most enthusiastic crowds. We’re so happy that you all came to support youth baseball in your community.”
It was a night to remember. Once the lights clicked off and signaled the end of the day, anticipation was sure to remain for the many games to be played this summer, and beyond.
I became the official Baseball Tomorrow Fund intern on March 15, 2012. After three months, I thought it may be fun to share all that I’ve been up to and all that is on the way. We’ll consider it a brief rundown of a day in the life of a BTF intern.
Each day I update our social media portals, including Facebook and Twitter with posts regarding BTF grant recipients, media events and Equipment Days. I love uploading photos from the recipient media events, newly renovated or constructed fields, happy past grant recipients or Equipment Day collection sites. By managing the BTF social media outlets I get to directly interact with supporters and share all of the exciting things we are doing here in, and out, of the office. Social media: check.
Administrative tasks, although not the most glamorous aspect of my internship, are crucial to the functionally of BTF. Due to BTF’s extensive application and evaluation process there may be some days I make copies or file an application, but administrative tasks have also included much more. I’ve assisted with orders for check posters larger than the average human to present at MLB games, I’ve run over to the MLB Players Association to drop off memos, shipped neon wristbands and posters to ballparks for Equipment Day, helped prepare for quarterly board meetings, assisted with our upcoming BTF website redesign and printed applicant Letters of Inquiry and grant applications. Administrative duties: check.
Being a member of the BTF team has exposed me to many different facets of the working world, but above all, I’ve learned that you truly can turn a passion into a career. That may be the greatest lesson of all.
Much to look forward to: attending the Phillies Equipment Day check presentation on July 24th, hearing MLB’s top executives speak at intern lunch sessions and continuing to hone my skills for the betterment of our team. Keep checking the blog for weekly thoughts, tips and recaps and, as always, head to the BTF Facebook and Twitter pages for the daily updates I love to share with you all.
This past weekend the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals both hosted their BTF/MLB Equipment Days in beautiful weather. The Giants collection was in conjunction with the Junior Giants glove drive, which in 2011 raised $140,000 and collected more than 2,300 gloves to ensure that every child in the program had a glove of their own. On June 2, 2012, BTF Executive Director, Cathy Bradley, was on the Giants field to present a $5,000 check to the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunter’s Point which will enable the club to purchase new equipment for its Junior Giants program.
The Washington Nationals hosted their collection on Sunday June 3rd at Nationals Park. The equipment will be donated to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DCDPR) which provides baseball and softball programming to DC youths. Nationals’ shortstop and ESPN top 500 player, Ian Desmond, joined on-field to present the $5,000 check to DCDPR.
Equipment Day Tally: The Houston Astros reported incredible Equipment Day results from their drive on May 20, 2012. This year the Astros collected more than 750 items, more than THREE TIMES the amount of equipment they collected in 2011! They also raised close to $150 dollars in cash donations from fans. The collected equipment and cash will benefit the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and their youth baseball and softball programs.
We’re plugging through some amazing 2012 Equipment Days but there are still many more to come including; the Boston Red Sox June 22nd-24th, the Atlanta Braves, June 30th and the Miami Marlins, June 30th. Check our website to see when your favorite team is hosting theirs and our Facebook and Twitter pages to get more ED2012 updates, stats and photos!