Sagicor Life Insurance and the Rays created the "Rays Kids Spirits" program in 2010 to show support to the children, families and staff at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fl. This program was very successful and will be a continued feature throughout the next two years.
This year, Rays players Sam Fuld, Elliot Johnson, Joel Peralta and John Jaso along with team mascot, Raymond, have all made visits to All Children's Hopsital to sign autographs, pose for pictures, mingle with patients and families and hand out co-branded Sagicor/Rays baseball pillows.
Sagicor would like to thank the Rays for their support of the Rays Kids Spirits program. To learn more about Sagicor Life Insurance and how they are helping the community, visit SagicorLifeUSA.com.
Rays player Sam Fuld teamed up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for a day at the ballpark. JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder of an advocate for type 1 diabetes research. Sam himself was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of ten and has been outspoken about the cause since he began his career with the Rays in the spring of 2011.
Sam hosted a group of children with type 1 diabetes from JDRF for the game and a postgame question and answer session. The kids were eager to learn how a type 1 diabetic functions in such a demanding role such as a Major League Baseball player.
Sam discussed his game day routine, diet and other health issues with the young fans, even comparing pumps with one Rays fan. Sam shared his tips on how to stay healthy and active while keeping his diabetes in check. After the Q&A session, Sam posed for pictures and signed autographs for the group.
The Rays helped MacDill Air Force Base celebrate its 70th birthday last Saturday. The day started with the landing of a Blackhawk helicopter flown in from the MedVac Unit stationed at St. Pete./Clearwater Airport. The Blackhawk was joined by a fire truck from MacDill as well as an EOD demonstration van that included a robot that goes where the bombs are. There was also a MacDill Police car and plenty of lights and sirens.
The entire pregame featured personnel stationed at MacDill from award winners through singers as well as the honorary bat boy and the play ball kid. Both of those young men had fathers who are deployed.
During the game we saluted a military family from MacDill with a message Ssgt. Martin Storey on the big RaysVision Board. Col. Lenny Richoux, base commander at MacDill was joined by the youngest enlisted airman on the base in cutting a cake in honor of the birthday. There was also a special message on the RaysVision board from General David Patraeus which played right after the 7th inning singing of God Bless America by an Airman.
Through Operation Helping Hands, we hosted about 30 wounded veterans from the James A. Haley Hospital in Tampa. It was a great day and the Rays were proud to honor not only those in the military at MacDill, but all of those who are stationed around the world to insure our freedoms.