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Pirates Charities Community Outreach to Dominican Republic
04/30/2009 12:55 PM ET
Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced today that they have partnered with the Madre Laura School that neighbors the team's new Latin American headquarters in the Dominican Republic to improve the school's facilities and to enhance the educational programs and tools available to its students.

Pirates Charities, with the generous support from Jose Mella, who designed and built the club's new Latin American headquarters, is in the process of constructing a new dining hall, finishing the construction a new main classroom and also building a perimeter wall around the school complex. Pirates Charities is also providing the school with needed educational equipment including computers, desks and overhead projectors.

To assist the school in the safe transportation of students, Pirates Charities also organized the donation of a used school bus from the School District of Manatee County, Florida, the Pirates Spring Training home. The School District also generously donated kitchen stoves and cooking equipment to ensure the children receive healthy meals in the new dining hall.

Pirates Charities and Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting announced the partnership during the grand opening celebration of the team's new Latin American headquarters and baseball training complex in the Dominican Republic.

"When I first traveled to the Dominican Republic shortly after assuming control of the club two years ago, I was struck by the need and the opportunity we have to help make a meaningful impact on lives of our new neighbors," said Nutting. "Our partnership with Madre Laura School is an example of the organization's commitment to make a positive impact in the communities in which we work through ongoing community outreach efforts and employment opportunities."

Also, by forging a close partnership with the Madre Laura School the Pirates players can benefit from educational programs and community service opportunities offered by the school. Pirates Charities will be working closely with the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance as it develops educational and community programs with the school.

The Pirates have made it a priority to develop their players in more than just baseball. The Pirates new complex facility will give the Pirates the ability to train its players in language and life in order to reach their full potential as baseball players and productive members of their communities.

"At every level in our organization, we have made the commitment to developing the whole person, not just the baseball player," added Nutting. "Just as we have done in Pittsburgh, we are proud to partner with organizations in the Dominican Republic that share our vision, such as Jose Mella, the Madre Laura School and the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance."

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