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 and a preview of what's to come.
The Mets hosted the club's first "Latino Leaders" event with pitchers Bartolo Colon, Jenrry Mejia and outfielder Bobby Abreu at Citi Field. The players engaged with teenagers from East Harlem and Corona in team-building activities that elicited stories from the players and teenagers about challenges they face and ways to rise above.
The Mets worked with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Julissa Fererras to invite deserving young adults from the Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation students and the Queens United Youth Baseball Organization in East Harlem and Corona, respectively.
The players shared stories about growing up, their favorite music and obstacles they faced in making it to the big-leagues.
Each teenager left with tickets to that night's game, Mets goodie bags and memories that will last a lifetime.
On July 7, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, Mets Hall-of-Famer Rusty Staub and 710 WOR AM Mets broadcaster Josh Lewin shared hot dogs and stories with more than 150 veterans in the renovated indoor patio and outdoor garden at at the VA St. Albans Community Living Center.
The Mets and Major League Baseball funded the renovation last year as part of the legacy projects associated with the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.
The Mets are saluting U.S. service men and women throughout the 2014 season with Military Mondays presented by GovX.com. The initiative expands on the franchise's ongoing commitment to the military with complimentary tickets, retail discounts and community outreach events. On the field, Mets players wear new camouflage jerseys at every Monday night home game at Citi Field. During each Military Monday, a Mets player presents the "Veteran of the Game" with a team autographed camouflage jersey. Off the field, Mets front-office staff, alumni and players visit a VA Hospital to meet recovering veterans and the dedicated doctors and nurses who care for them.
The Mets kicked off Military Mondays on April 21 when Mets pitcher Dillon Gee, Alderson and Lewin visited the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System in Manhattan.
The Mets teamed up with Citi and City Harvest for the annual Citi Repack on Mets Plaza. More than 100 Citi volunteers repackaged 20,000 pounds of apples that were distributed to food pantries and kitchens around New York City.
Mets Hall-of-Famer Rusty Staub and Mr. Met joined the Citi volunteers in the effort that will feed over 6,000 families across the five boroughs. City Harvest is one of the local organizations Citi is partnering with through its Teammates in the Community program, a multi-program initiative comprised of events, monetary donations, and ticket opportunities that allows Citi to highlight its role as an enabler of progress and showcase the community partners as "stars" of the 2014 season.
Wives of 11 Mets players and coaches visited the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center and decorated cupcakes with patients in playrooms throughout the hospital. Mr. Met was also on hand to spread cheer and give out high-fours to children, their families and the doctors and nurses who care for them.
Children also received goodie bags filled with Mets gear. In the end, the wives helped put smiles on the face of 125 patients at the hospital.
The Mets welcomed 107 New York City high school and recognized as winners who defied the odds and graduated from high school and were recognized as winners of the Fund for Public Schools' Remarkable Achievement Awards.
Carmen Farina, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, congratulated the students and their families during a special VIP reception in the Bullpen Plaza before the Mets game. The group enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, pasta, popcorn and cookies before grabbing a Mets goodie bag and watching the game from Field Level seats.
More than 600 fans donated blood at the Mets annual Summer Blood Drive at Citi Field with the New York Blood Center. Since 2009, blood drives at the ballpark have produced more than 5,000 pints of blood, and the Mets honored the fan who donated the milestone pint.
Virginia from Shirely, New York was the lucky fan. She received V-I-P tickets, passes to watch batting practice from the field, a team signed jersey and the chance to meet her favorite Mets player.
Blood collected from the drive will help over 1,800 people.
In exchange for donating, fans received a voucher for a pair of tickets to a Mets game.
METS FOOD DRIVE PRESENTED BY HAIN CELESTIALThe Mets and The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. are teaming up with City Harvest on the Mets Food Drive this weekend at Citi Field to help alleviate hunger throughout the New York area. Volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food items two hours before each game through the first inning tonight, tomorrow and Sunday July 11, 12 and 13. Fans donating at least five non-perishable will receive a voucher for two tickets to select September Mets home games and coupons for future use on Hain Celestial products.