Community Outreach Programs

Through the Community and Public Affairs Department, the Pirates seek to expand current and develop new community relationships with members of minority communities and with others that share the same commitment to those communities. Through philanthropic contributions and the personal involvement of our employees, we strive to support our communities and enhance the quality of life of all who live in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas. We embrace the concepts of teamwork and partnership in all we do. As a committed partner with the community in which we reside, we recognize that our success is rooted in its economic, cultural and ethnic diversity.

The Pirates are proud to have organized a number of minority partnership events. The Pirates community service, corporate contributions, and involvement in community-wide programs are based on the recognition that our strength as an organization depends on the well-being of the communities in which we live.

Negro League Baseball

Throughout the long history of baseball in America, the Pirates organization and its employees have formed powerful partnerships for positive change in the black baseball world that stretched from the Pacific to the Caribbean.

Pittsburgh in the past was headquarters for the Negro National League and the only city in the country with two Black Professional Teams, the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords.

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Pittsburgh fielded an array of stars -- Josh Gibson, Leroy "Satchel" Paige, Buck Leonard and others -- unrivaled in the city's rich sporting past, and the Pirates are committed to educating and celebrating the legacy of the Negro Leagues with Pirates fans of all ages and backgrounds.

Long Live Their Legacy - is a Black History Month initiative to educate our surrounding communities on Negro League Baseball, its ties to Pittsburgh, and its significant influence on today's game. During the month of February, Joel Gray, Community Outreach Coordinator, visited twelve different schools and organizations to educate youth on the deeply rooted Negro League history in Pittsburgh and beyond.


For more information, please contact Joel.Gray@pirates.com.

Learn more about Negro League Baseball.

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African-American Heritage Sports Celebration

As a commitment to Pittsburgh's rich sporting past, the Pirates host an annual regular season initiative to celebrate the achievements of MLB's African-American players, coaches and front office executives, and to educate Pirates fans who might not know about the Negro Leagues and what they meant to Pittsburgh.

2017 Recap: The Pirates hosted its Annual African American Heritage Celebration on Friday, June 16, 2017. The celebration kicked-off with our Annual African-American Sports Heritage Luncheon, featuring two-time MLB All-Star, three-time Gold Glove recipient, and award-winning MLB Network Studio Analyst - Harold Reynolds. Over two hundred guests - including youth from The Pittsburgh Project, The Citizen Science Lab, and Josh Gibson Foundation - had a chance to hear stories from Harold's 12 year Major Leaguer career and how it was inspired many by Negro League legends such as Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, and John "Buck" O'Neil. Following the luncheon, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs also joined the celebration by wearing their Negro League affiliated jerseys - Homestead Grays and Leland Giants - as well as incorporated numerous pre-game and in-game features celebrating African-American baseball both past, present, and future.

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For more information, please contact Joel.Gray@pirates.com.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Youth Dental & Vision Screening

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities partnered with TeamSmile, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Concordia Dental, Vision Works, and Tickets for Kids Charities to host free dental and vision screenings for our local youth on Monday, July 24, 2017. More than 250 children were invited to PNC Park's Pittsburgh Baseball Club and World Series Suites for this special one-day clinic. Thanks to these partners, local dental professionals, and volunteers, the children were provided the dental treatment, sealants, and instructions needed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. While promoting the significance of good dental hygiene was one goal, the children also had their vision screened and those who were in need of glasses received vouchers for a free pair.

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For more information on TeamSmile, please visit www.teamsmile.org.

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Annual MLB & Scholastic Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest

The 2017 MLB & Scholastic Breaking Barriers Essay Contest was open to all students in grades 4 through 9. This was a chance for students to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are currently facing in their lives and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson (citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork) to deal with those challenges.

Congratulations to Shaler Area Middle School for submitting the most essay entries in our area. To celebrate their accomplishment, the Pirates hosted a school assembly with their seventh and eighth grade participants.

Learn more about the contest »

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Latino and Hispanic Initiatives

2017 Recap: To celebrate the life and legacy of Roberto Clemente, the Pirates packed five CARE-a-vans with players, coaches, alumni, and the Clemente Family and spent the morning serving five different communities throughout the city of Pittsburgh - Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) Latino Family Center, Light of Life Rescue Mission, VA Hospital, Westinghouse High School, and Dick's Sporting Goods Shopping Event.

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The celebration continued that evening as the Pirates, the Pittsburgh Latin American Cultural Union, and Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted Pirates Fiesta in PNC Park's Picnic Park (for more details, please contact alexandra.layman@pirates.com). Following the Fiesta, the Pirates hosted a special on-field presentation that united Pirates Spanish-speaking players, coaches, and staff with Latino Pittsburgh youth - AIU Latino Family Center, Iglesia Cristiana Hispana, and Perry Hilltop Citizens Council - to celebrate their cultural pride.

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For more information, please contact Joel.Gray@pirates.com.

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Pirates Tales

2017 Recap: Thanks to our partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Library Association, Pirates Tales reached a record high in participation - 54 libraries, 1,148 readers, and 2,426 books read. Congratulations to everyone that submitted an entry! We look forward to celebrating the 2017 Pirates Tales Grand Prize Winners in April 2018.

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For more information, please contact Joel.Gray@pirates.com.

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