May 26, 2004
JPMorgan Chase and New York Mets Give Away 175,000 Tickets To Launch JPMorgan Chase “Baseball is For Kids”
JPMorgan Chase To Treat Kids From Greater New York To Mets Games For Seventh Straight Year; Program To Pass 1 Million Mark
New York, May 26, 2004 – New York Mets President Fred Wilpon joined Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner William C. Bell, JPMorgan Chase Senior Vice President David Nolan, Mets pitcher David Weathers, outfielder Shane Spencer, infielder Ty Wigginton and coach Matt Galante today to launch the seventh year of the JPMorgan Chase “Baseball is for Kids” program at Shea Stadium. In 2004, JPMorgan Chase will distribute 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, the players and coaches treated more than 50 fifth thru eighth grade boys and girls from IS-280 in Jackson Heights to a post-conference baseball clinic at Shea Stadium, giving the kids throwing, running and fielding lessons.
JPMorgan Chase “Baseball is for Kids” made its debut in 1998 and by the end of 2004 will have provided more than one million tickets to New York youngsters. JPMorgan Chase expanded the program in 2000 to include the Bridgeport Bluefish, a minor league team located in Bridgeport, Conn., providing kids there with 7,500 Bluefish tickets annually.
“Most of us remember going to our first professional baseball game,” said Nolan. “We are thrilled to work with the Mets to help make this experience a reality for thousands of children with meaningful programs like JPMorgan Chase ‘Baseball is for Kids.’”
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.
Additionally, JPMorgan Chase gave 10,000 tickets to the Mayor’s office. These tickets will be distributed through the Administration for Children’s Services, the City of New York’s child welfare agency, which is devoted solely to serving the children of the city and their families.
"For the past six seasons, the New York Mets and JPMorgan Chase have delighted children in our care by treating them to a day at the ballpark," said Commissioner Bell. "On behalf of the City of New York, thank you for sponsoring 'Baseball is for Kids,' which provides some of our most vulnerable youth with an opportunity they may not otherwise have."
“By hosting the JPMorgan Chase ‘Baseball is for Kids’ program for the seventh 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.”
Weathers 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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