September 30, 2008
ALBANY, NY -- Since 2006, Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires have participated in two separate 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. UmpsCare was created to assist families in need while BLUE for Kids focused on enriching the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness.
Today, leaders of both organization announced that UmpsCare and BLUE for Kids have merged into a single 501(c)3 organization named UMPS CARE Charities. The benefits of the merger include fewer redundancies in services, elimination of duplicate funding requests, and greater administrative efficiencies with reduced operating expenses.
Samuel Dearth serves as the Executive Director of UMPS CARE Charities under the guidance of a newly formed Board of Directors. Twenty-one year veteran MLB umpire Gary Darling serves as the President of the UMPS CARE Charities Board – a position he held for UmpsCare. The 2009 board is comprised of members from the current UmpsCare and BLUE for Kids boards.
While the name and logo change, the youth-based programs remain in place. MLB Umpires are committed to providing memorable sports experiences for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth in mentoring programs. In a few short seasons, more than 2,000 guests of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America have enjoyed the VIP baseball game experience.
Away from the field, the men in blue continue to capture the spirit of the Build-A-Bear Workshop in-store experience and bring it into pediatric patient rooms. More than 2,800 stuffed animals have been distributed by umpires hosting Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences at 29 children’s hospitals since 2006.
MLB Umpires continue to show heart in community outreach efforts of UMPS CARE Charities