May 07, 2003
JPMorgan Chase and New York Mets Give Away 175,000 Tickets to Launch JPMorgan Chase “Baseball Is For Kids” to Mark Program’s 6th Year
"Fifty Children Also Receive Special Invitation to Learn About “The Business of Baseball”
New York Mets President Fred Wilpon joined Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner William C. Bell, JPMorgan Chase Executive Vice President Frederick Hill, and program spokesperson and Mets first baseman Mo Vaughn today to launch the sixth year of the JPMorgan Chase “Baseball is for Kids” program at Shea Stadium. The program distributes 175,000 tickets to future Mets games to thousands of children from low-income communities from the New York tri-state area.
At the kickoff event, Vaughn, joined by pitcher Dave Weathers and coach Matt Galante, treated more than 50 children who will benefit from the program to a post-conference baseball clinic on the diamond at Shea Stadium, giving the kids throwing, running and fielding lessons. Expanding on the program this year, JPMorgan Chase offered those 50 boys and girls the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and play baseball by experiencing a day of interactive sessions with leaders in the business of baseball. The children were taken on behind-the-scene educational tours of ticketing and operations, marketing department, press box and scoreboard control. Finally, the children learned how to prepare the field for game day.
JPMorgan Chase “Baseball is for Kids” made its debut in 1998 and by the end of 2003 will have provided more than 800,000 tickets to New York youngsters. Additionally, JPMorgan Chase expanded the program in 2000 to include the Bridgeport Bluefish, a minor league team located in Bridgeport, Conn.
“Most of us remember going to our first professional baseball game,” said Hill. “We are thrilled to work with the Mets each year on the JPMorgan Chase ‘Baseball is for Kids’ program to help make this experience a reality for thousands of children that hopefully will spark a new interest or even a career goal for many of them.”
All 175,000 tickets have been allocated. JPMorgan Chase distributed a large portion of the tickets to public schools, parochial schools in low-income communities and numerous youth groups recommended by JPMorgan Chase’s Community Development Group in New York City and Connecticut.
In addition, JPMorgan Chase gave 10,000 tickets to the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the City of New York’s child welfare agency, which is devoted solely to protecting children and strengthening families throughout the five boroughs. The tickets are being distributed to children engaged in ACS foster care and preventive service programs.
“’Baseball is for Kids’ is a terrific annual tradition that enables children in our care to enjoy a day at the ballpark,” said ACS Commissioner Bell. “The program is also an example of the public-private partnerships that help ACS to provide children with culturally and socially enriching experiences. On behalf of the City, I thank the New York Mets and JPMorgan Chase for sponsoring ‘Baseball is for Kids.’ “
“By hosting the JPMorgan Chase ‘Baseball is for Kids’ program for the sixth consecutive year and again increasing their commitment of tickets to the youth of New York City, JPMorgan Chase once again has demonstrated its leadership role as a positive influence in the lives of many children,” said Wilpon. “The Mets thank and commend them for their generosity.”
Vaughn also volunteered his time and talent to film a television promotional spot on the JPMorgan Chase “Baseball is for Kids” program, which will air during Mets broadcasts.
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