The Mets are committed to serving as partners in our community. Players, alumni and staff are dedicated to helping others in our hometown. Each month, we'll provide a glimpse into our community activities.
Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon, General Manager Sandy Alderson, Manager Terry Collins, his coaching staff and the team along with Mr. Met visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
The group visited soldiers at the hospital and those learning to use their prosthetics at the rehabilitation center. Everyone then enjoyed a BBQ lunch.
U.S. Congressmen from New York Eliot Engel (R-2nd) and Peter King (D-16th) also joined the visit.
Mets fans donated more than 12,000 pounds of food during the - Mets Food Drive presented by Hain Celestial on July 11-13. City Harvest collected the food and distributed to community food programs throughout New York City. The amount donated helped feed 1,700 for a month or 133 families for a week. Wives of Mets players and Myriad Restaurant Group's Tracy Nieporent joined Mets staff at collection points around Citi Field. Each fan who donated five non-perishable food items received a voucher good for two tickets to a game in September.
The Mets supported the 31st annual National Night Out at eight NYPD rallies in Queens. Mets volunteers distributed t-shirts and other giveaways while Mr. Met and Mrs. Met greeted families at select locations.
New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney, New York State Councilman Costa Constantinides and New York State Senator Michael Gianaris joined Mr. Met at the 114th precinct event in Astoria Park.
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Marcus Samuelsson, a renowned restaurateur and philanthropist, and Tim Hardaway, Jr., a star guard for the New York Knicks, inspired children from United Neighborhood Houses and the YMCA at the latest Citi Kids events at Citi Field.
Samuelsson and Hardaway, Jr. shared their stories of overcoming obstacles and achieving their dreams. The children received VIP tours of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, goodie bags and enjoyed a Mets game at Citi Field.
Now in its sixth season, Citi Kids is an educational and motivational community-based initiative for New York City middle and high school students developed by Citi, the Mets and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
As the latest "The Wright Thing" honorees, NYPD Sergeant Jonathon Zocchia, Police Officer Joseph Benson and their families met David Wright. The partners responded to a call of a man complaining of chest pain after playing in a softball game. The man turned out to be an off-duty police officer.
By the time Sgt. Zocchia and Officer Benson arrived at the scene, the man had lost consciousness and didn't have a pulse. The partners administered CPR and shocked the man's heart twice while EMS was in route. EMS arrived and successfully revived the man. They credited the efforts of Sgt. Zocchia and Officer Benson with saving's the man's life.
The partners and their families took photos with Wright and received a special bat and miniature third base signed by Wright. Before taking their VIP seats behind third base, Sgt. Zocchia and Officer Benson got to install third base with the grounds crew.
Mets Hall-of-Famer Mookie Wilson met with veterans at VA NY Harbor Healthcare System Brooklyn Campus as part of the team's Military Mondays presented by GovX. Wilson shared stories about the 1986 World Champion Mets, talked to the veterans about their lives and experiences, and helped hand out t-shirts and tickets.
The Mets were joined by the Brooklyn Cyclones at the hospital and both teams will distributed tickets to future military-themed games at their respective ballparks.
Overall, the Mets distributed more than 5,000 tickets for the July 28 Mets-Phillies game at Citi Field to military personnel and their families through Wounded Warrior Project, the USO and other organizations. The Cyclones are hosting Military Appreciation Night on Friday, August 22.