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 continued their tradition of joining students at P.S. 92 in Corona, Queens for their annual Reading Rally. Pitcher Josh Edgin lead the rally on May 22 in front of fourth and fifth grade students. The players read books to the group and stressed the importance of reading.
The Reading Rally is part of the Mets' Power Lunch program with P.S. 92 through the Everybody Wins! Foundation, a leading non-profit literacy and mentoring organization, pairing caring adult volunteers with children in elementary schools for weekly reading aloud and conversation. For the past 13 years, Mets employees have been matched with a fourth or fifth grade student at P.S. 92 to share lunch and a good book every week from November through May. The Mets also host a Shadow Day at Citi Field for reading partners to see their mentors at work and an annual fourth grade outing to the ballpark.
When David Wright took the field on Memorial Day, he took off his cap and shook the hand of a Navy Ship's Serviceman First Class Ian Chenkin. Lucas Duda greeted Army Sergeant Sean Massimo at first base and Juan Lagares did the same in centerfield with U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Van Huysen.
The special on-field meetings were all a part of Military Appreciation Day at Citi Field. The Mets have teamed up with the USO of Greater New York for the last seven years to help honor of veterans and active duty personnel for their service to our country.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Rear Admiral Dixon Smith led a joint enlistment ceremony for more than 50 current and future members of the Armed Forces. In recognition of the service and sacrifice of those who serve our country, the crowd of almost 30,000 stood and participated in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance led by Gold Star Children, each of whom had a parent who was killed while serving in the military. Veterans, active personnel and their families lined the warning track in the outfield for the the National Anthem.
A representative of each branch of the military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard - simultaneously threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Mets donated more than 3,500 tickets to the USO for military personnel and their families to enjoy the special ceremonies honoring our troops and to watch the game. And as for all Mets games at Citi Field, military personnel with active military identification received a complimentary ticket.
New York Jets Quarterback Geno Smith spoke with children of the YMCA of Greater New York City about his football career and what it takes to achieve your dreams as part of Citi's Citi Kids program.
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 and the New York Mets. The program mission is to support youth development through various programs designed to instill meaningful values and knowledge that will serve as groundwork for these select youth's future.
Citi Kids was launched on April 15, 2009, in conjunction with Major League Baseball's annual Jackie Robinson Day.
As the son of a police officer, David Wright has the utmost respect for law enforcement personnel. That's why he's honoring NYPD heroes through his "The Wright Thing" community program.
Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used gloves, bats and baseballs to Citi Field on Friday, June 13 for the annual Mets and Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive.
The Mets and the New York Blood Center are teaming up for their next blood drive on Monday, June 23 at Citi Field from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. in the Caesars Club.
The Mets and Hain Celestial are teaming up with City Harvest on the 2014 Mets Food Drive 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 11, 12 and 13.
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