• 2012 Hispanic Adult Leadership Award
• Hal O'Leary Awards Dinner
• 2013 Rockies Schedule
• Day of Vigilance
• Stadium Tour
• Colorado Fire Relief Fund
• Player spotlight
October 8 - "Make an Impact" school visits, Bear Canyon Elementary and Fox Hollow Elementary October 10 - Denver Public Schools Career Day, National Western Center October 12 - "Make an Impact" school visit, Mitchell Elementary October 25 - "Make an Impact" school visit, Murphy Creek Elementary October 26 - "Make an Impact" school visits, Vivian Elementary
FINDING A WINNER AMONG WINNERS
2012 Hispanic Adult Leadership Award
In its 10th year, the Colorado Rockies Hispanic Adult Leadership Award once again honored and recognized outstanding leaders who do great work in the local Hispanic community.
After many nominations, a committee of Rockies employees narrowed the group down to five finalists, all of whom are special leaders and make a difference in the community in different ways. The five finalists for 2012 are Maria Castillo, Estevan Flores, Virginia Longoria, Ernesto Marquez and Romaine Pacheco.
Maria Castillo is co-founder of El Grupo Vida, an organization that provides vital services to Hispanic families who have a family member with a disability. Maria has taken the lead role with El Grupo Vida and helped bring this critical organization to new heights and serve families in need.
Estevan Flores has a long, outstanding and diverse track record of using his skills to help the underserved and disenfranchised. Estevan is a well-connected and well-respected community leader who serves on a number of local boards and leadership organizations while volunteering his time in a number of different ways. He recently helped launch Regis University's duel-language campus, providing students a first-rate education in both English and Spanish.
Virginia Longoria, current executive director of ACCESS Housing in Commerce City, Colo., is well-respected for her ability to build organizations. With ACCESS Housing, Virginia provides families in dire need with education and temporary housing as they regroup and try to get back on their feet. Some of Virginia's past work includes the Santa Fe Drive revitalization project, founding the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival and setting the groundwork for Centro San Juan Diego. She is also the current Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Ricardo Flores Magón Academy.
Ernesto Marquez is head baseball coach at Denver's North High School, but the work that he does with the kids at North far surpasses his role as a coach. Outside of his full-time job, Ernesto invests countless hours to change the lives of his players by providing them with a positive role model and father figure, teaching them life lessons building up their with confidence that is critical for them to overcome difficult family situations and develop into productive members of society.
Romaine Pacheco is a "do-er." One of her most impressive qualities is her ability to find the right person for each of her projects and call upon her vast network of community contacts during fundraising opportunities. Romaine is a pillar at Centro San Juan Diego and she is instrumental in Centro's well-known Vino y Chocolate and Las Madrinas brunch events, as well as their other essential fundraisers and educational programs. Romaine also makes sure to include her family-her partner of 40 years, Don Pacheco, adult children, grandchildren and others-in all that she does, helping to develop more community leaders for the future.
While every finalist is a winner in their own way-each person receives their own on-field recognition during the month of September to highlight their community service-the Rockies ultimately choose one individual as overall winner. After evaluations by past winner and several key members of the Rockies organization, ERNESTO MARQUEZ was named winner of the 2012 Hispanic Adult Leadership. Congratulations Ernesto!
2012 Hal O'Leary Awards Dinner
The Hal O'Leary Awards have become one of the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund's most well known and anticipated annual events, and for the past few years, the Western-themed dinner has been hosted at Coors Field on the infield dirt. But what makes the event truly special is the outstanding individuals who are honored, all of whom are disabled or do great work with those who have a disability. Five different awards to five different inspirational people received awards this year.
This year's Inspiration Award was won by Terry Chase, an award that recognizes courageous spirit and inspirational character. Terry sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury in 1988 but has never stopped participating in sports, something that gives her great joy. She completed the 5K Columbine Classic, referees basketball and works in the nursing education department at Craig Hospital.
The Dedication Award, recognizing extreme dedication to serving the needs of others, was won by Tom Southall. Tom was a standout athlete in his youth, despite being born without his lower right arm, and he now does great work with Colorado College and the Colorado High School Coaches Association, helping disabled athletes participate in sports.
Dr. Larry McCleary won this year's Leadership Award, presented to an individual who has shown leadership to create new ideas and assist the needs of others. Dr. McCleary has been medical director for the Shining Stars Foundation for the past 25 years and has also served as a volunteer for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. He has put in countless hours over the years to ensure that disabled children can safely participate in mountain sports-both winter and summer.
The Rockies Award for 2012 was presented to Corey Fairbanks for contributing to the success of programs for the disabled and youth in our community. Corey is the director of the Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation, an organization that "aims to bolster independence, improve self-confidence, elevate social interaction and enhance quality of life for people of all ages throughout Colorado who have physical disabilities."
Finally, the Hal O'Leary Award, which encompasses of all other awards presented at the dinner, was given to Robert Lynn. Robert was paralyzed from the chest down in 1999 as a result of a snowboarding accident, but his physical limitations have never hampered his love for sports and helping others. Robert is general manager/player for the Colorado Rolling Rockies softball team and he's also a member of the Rolling Nuggets basketball team and Rolling Broncos football team. He enjoys handcycling, wakeboarding and mountain biking. He has continued to be a leader in the community, providing an outstanding role model for other disabled athletes and a support system for them.
Congratulations to Robert Lynn and all of the other 2012 award winners!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
2013 Rockies Schedule
The Rockies' 2013 schedule has been released, highlighted by the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox visiting Coors Field next season! There are, as always, many other special games to mark on your calendar, including Opening Day on Friday, April 5 and Fireworks Games on July 3 and 4.
It's never too early to enter your name for Rockies ticket opportunities so you don't miss out on these special games. But, of course, Season Tickets and Mini-Plans are the only way to guarantee a ticket for these premium games. Call (303) ROCKIES for more information on Season Tickets and Mini-Plan packages or visit coloradorockies.com.
On September 11, players and coaches from the Rockies and San Francisco Giants stood shoulder to shoulder on the foul lines at Coors Field in remembrance of the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women and first responders. It was 9/11 Day of Remembrance Day, a day to also remember those lost in the attacks 11 years ago.
At the ballpark, there were a number of first responders who participated in a pregame ceremony, both honored at home plate and out on the field as flag bearers. In the stands, there were local members of the Army, Navy and Marines, as well as police officers, fire fighters and other first responders who were asked to stand for well-deserved recognition. Some of the individuals receiving special recognition included David Perez (former U.S. Marine and current Denver firefighter), Eric Denke (U.S. Army Reserve member and Denver Police officer who was called into duty after 9/11) and a team of Green Berets.
There was a moment of silence as well as fireworks during the national anthem.
In another touching moment, Anabelle and Ascher Bitner threw out the first pitch in honor of their father Jeremy who passed away earlier this year. Jeremy was a member of the Englewood Police Department who passed away on Memorial Day after being struck by a drunk driver during a routine traffic stop.
Finally, during the Seventh Inning Stretch, "God Bless America" was performed by Sergeant Steve Kindermann of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band.
2012 Fans on the Field 5K/10K
The annual Fans on the Field 5K/10K enjoyed another successful race on Sunday, September 16. Presented by the National Sports Center for the Disabled, one of the Rockies great community partners, the Fans on the Field run/walk starts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and provides participants with a tour of Denver's professional sports facilities, through the Pepsi Center and, for the 10K, on the warning track at Coors Field.
The Rookie Run is a kids' fun run that allows youngsters to enjoy an untimed race that fits their ability. And all of the funds go to a great cause!
The Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012
During June and July, Coloradoans came together to help our neighbors in need in the wake of unprecedented damage from wild fires near Boulder, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. For their part, the Rockies accepted donations at Coors Field as well as online donations and offered to match all fan donations, up to $50,000.
After the Rockies fundraiser, the club chose to partner with the Governor's Office and the Denver Foundation to develop the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012. The Rockies are pleased to announce that, together, the $80,795.34 donation will go directly to help efforts to rebuild our state. Thank you for your generosity to rebuild and help those in need!
Entering the 2012 season, Josh Rutledge was one of the hottest names in the Rockies farm system and many fans were wondering when they might see Rutledge in the big leagues. Rutledge received his Major League call-up from Double-A Tulsa on July 13 and he quickly showed his ability to play at the big league level.
Regarded as the second baseman of the future, Rutledge has seen most of his time at shortstop so far this season with Troy Tulowitzki recovering from groin surgery. The Alabama native has been outstanding at the plate, hitting .304 in 53 games played, with seven home runs, 28 RBI and 15 doubles. Rutledge is also five-for-nine in pinch hit situations (.556) and .322 with runners on base, which is impressive for a rookie. Rutledge has also done well in the field, registering a .949 at shortstop before moving over to second base. And he hit his first career grand slam on Sept. 16 in San Diego.
While his sample size maybe limited, Rutledge is building a strong résumé in his rookie season and he's a player to watch in the future.