BLUE for Kids

BLUE for Kids

In the game of life, it's not just about balls and strikes. That's why baseball's men in blue are giving back to Major League Baseball communities across the country. The BLUE for Kids hospital program brings a crew of Major League umpires to the bedside of children with life-threatening illnesses, and they don't come empty-handed. Each crew brings a Build-A-Bear Workshop experience right to the hospital room!

While a hospital stay can be a frightening time for children and their families, the BLUE for Kids program lifts the spirits of all involved. Children outfit stuffed teddy bears, puppies or monkeys while sharing high-fives and words of encouragement with the BLUE for Kids crew. When available, the home team mascot tags along making it a fun and memorable day.

During the 2019 Season UMPS CARE will Visit:

  • May 13  - Phoenix Children's Hospital (Phoenix, AZ) 
  • May 22 - The Hospital for Sick Kids (Toronto, Canada)   
  • May 29 - Comer Children's Hospital (Chicago, IL) 
  • June 5 - The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
  • June 18 - Seattle Children's Hospital (Seattle, WA)
  • July 17 - John's Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore, MD)
  • July 23 - Children's National Medical Center (Washington, DC)
  • July 24 - Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • July 30 - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Center (Cincinnati, OH)
  • August 13- Children's Hospital at Montefiore (New York, NY)
  • August 15 - The Zone at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
  • August 21 - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • August 27 - UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital (San Francisco, CA) 
  • August 28 - Rady Children's Hospital (San Diego, CA) 
  • September 4 - Boston Children's Hospital (Boston, MA) 
  • September 10 - Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital (Houston, TX) 

Through this program, UMPS CARE delivers 1500-1700 bears annually to critically-ill children in MLB markets across the country and in Canada. To date, UMPS CARE has distributed 15,000+ bears. We are grateful to the following sponsors who help make this program possible: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, Inc. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, US Foods, Peninsula Sports Inc., Melanie Ahern, The Williams Family, Great Neck Public Schools, among others.