May 20-May 26, 2012
1st Gold Star: Kansas City Royals
As part of an on-going effort to honor active and retired members of the United States Armed Forces, the Kansas City Royals have launched www.royals.com/military. This page, an extension of the Royals official website, offers content dedicated to the club’s extensive military outreach efforts. Visitors to the page can read and view military-specific content, including videos and photo galleries. The page also outlines special offers exclusively for military members, such as the club’s Uniformed Heroes ticket discount program courtesy of the National World War I Museum and information on military group outings and color guard pregame ceremonies. The site also highlights additional military outreach efforts including Armed Forces Day presented by Budweiser and the National WWI Museum, the Royals Troopers program presented by John Deere, and Royals Charities support of military programs. Well done, Royals! We dig it!
2nd Gold Star: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy received the Pop Warner Inspiration to Youth Award during the 52nd annual Pop Warner All-American Scholastic Banquet at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort in Orlando. Each year, Pop Warner honors over 9,000 of its young athletes as All-American Scholars and recognizes notable professional athletes and industry leaders who serve as role models for Pop Warner’s participants. The Inspiration to Youth Award is annually presented to an individual who inspires today’s youth to become the great achievers of tomorrow. McCoy’s efforts to make a difference both on and off the field make him a prime role model for Pop Warner’s young athletes.
3rd Gold Star: Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh native Sean Casey and his wife Mandi’s charity, Casey’s Clubhouse (www.caseysclubhouse.org) and Bob Nutting, Chairman of Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, led Opening Day festivities for the inaugural season of the Miracle League of the South Hills at the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center in Boyce Mayview Park. The Pirates Charities Miracle League Field of the South Hills is providing special needs children with a place they can play baseball regardless of their challenges! Great work, team!