Oakland – The season of giving is upon us but for the Oakland A’s they give back throughout the year. The Oakland Post would like to recap their year in review with some of their best community events. The Community Relations team works very hard every year to show the fans how much they appreciate their support.
Back in April the A’s hosted 3,000 kids from elementary to middle school for their STEM Day. It was an opportunity for kids to see real world connections between baseball and school. Labeled “Science of Baseball” a few players were able to learn geometry on how far a baseball can travel. Using math and science in to research the metrics was exciting for all. Especially pitcher Sean Manaea, who participated in the event.
“I’m interested in math and science and seeing the physics of how far a baseball can go through the eyes of the kids,” said Manaea. “I’m here to learn as much as the kids and I’m really having a good time.”
During the month of May, Pitcher Aaron Brooks and “Stomper” the A’s mascot paid a visit to Kaiser Permanente and helped celebrate “Nurses Week”. A wonderful time to acknowledge the selfless acts of people who continuously care for those in need. The nurses were extremely pleased as well as the children’s ward to have Brooks and Stomper onsite. They brought bobbleheads, toys and autographed baseballs.
Brooks and Liam Hendriks also gave back to the Alameda Food Bank an organization that is very popular in the Bay area. Many corporate companies and professional teams assist in preparing food to be delivered to families in need. The food bank serves over 5,000 individuals throughout Alameda county. Up to 200 or more volunteers assist daily in making sure food is properly prepped and stored for delivery.
December 9th Outfielder Stephen Piscotty surprised first responders at our local Fire Department. A sincere “thank you” for all the hard work they continue to do across the Bay Area. Piscotty signed autographs, took photos and brought Round Table Pizza for lunch. Surprised firefighters were very pleased to be recognized by the Oakland A’s.
Piscotty also joined First Baseman Matt Olson and the A’s front office during the “week of Giving”. A time to celebrate the holiday season and continue to give back to the community. A’s players, staff and Stomper visited the Mobile Food Pantry to distribute pre-packed boxes to the Mobile Food Pantry Program’s clients. They also stopped by the emergency shelter of the Salvation Army Garden Street Center.
The A’s couldn’t complete their week of giving without stopping by Kaiser Permanente to spread holiday cheer to patients. Another exciting time included, the entire A’s front office, along with A’s players, helped CityTeam Oakland with two projects. Half of the group helped CityTeam Oakland residents at the main location in downtown Oakland to get ready for the holidays and winter months.
Volunteers helped with painting rooms, building dressers, constructing garden beds, decorating for the holidays, sorting and wrapping donated holiday presents, and more. The second group of volunteers supported CityTeam Oakland’s new Women’s Bridge Housing Program by beautifying the yard space, constructing garden beds, cleaning the kitchen and common areas, and sorting and wrapping donated holiday presents. Materials for the beautification events were donated by Ashby Lumber.