Pirates Charities and the Pirates partnered with TeamSmile, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allegheny Health Network, United Concordia Dental and local dentist Dr. Joey Troupe to provide free dental and vision screenings for more than 250 area children at PNC Park on July 24. The children also had their eyes tested, and those who were in need of glasses received vouchers for a free pair.
On June 8, the Pirates dedicated a Chair of Honor at PNC Park that will be a permanent tribute to the sacrifices made by the more than 92,000 American service men and women who have been Prisoners of War or Missing in Action since World War I. The ceremony took place in partnership with Rolling Thunder, a non-profit organization and veterans group that serves to raise awareness of American POW and MIA service members.
PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) is a national public awareness campaign conducted by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society in conjunction with Major League Baseball Charities and the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate youth about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle and disability inclusion. The PLAY campaign held events at all 30 Major-League ballparks this year, including PNC Park on July 18.
The Pirates and the Greater Baldwin-Whitehall Athletic Association held a ribbon-cutting event at Leland Field on June 17. Funding from the Fields for Kids program assisted with the reconditioning of two of Baldwin's primary baseball fields and the league's primary softball field in Whitehall. Those fields serve more than 750 youngsters.
The Pirates rolled out their Team of the Game program during a pre-game, on-field ceremony at PNC Park on April 25. The initiative is an element of the ballclub's expanded PLAY BALL youth baseball and softball efforts. The Pirates have saluted a Team of the Game at each Tuesday home game this season.
The annual African-American Heritage Day celebration at PNC Park took place on June 16 when the Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs. The two teams honored the history of Negro League baseball that night by wearing uniforms of Negro League teams from their respective cities. The day also featured the African-American Heritage Sports Luncheon and a pre-game ceremony honoring students and teachers from the Perry Hilltop Corner of Hope Negro League Murals.
Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole and his wife Amy hosted their Uncork for a Cause charity event at Sienna Mercato on June 11. Many of Gerrit's teammates joined him and other event supporters to raise awareness and more than $17,000 for the work of Pirates Charities and The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.