MLB All-Star and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Alumnus, Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), joined Miami Marlin’s power-hitter and outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Kendall club to commemorate MLB’s 88th Annual All-Star Game in Miami. As part of their 2017 All-Star Week youth & community initiatives, Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins have chosen Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Kendall Club as an All-Star Legacy project. The project includes Kendall Club Teen Center Renovation, Scotts Field Refurbishment Dedication, and All-Star Smiles event.
The significant renovation and expansion project is expected to increase the number of children served daily from 20 to as many as 100 teens per day. In attendance were Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade President Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Jim Clark, President of the Miami Marlins David Samson, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, FOX Sports Analyst/14-Time MLB All-Star and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Alumnus Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, and former Marlins Manager Jack McKeon.
As part of the Scotts Field Refurbishment Dedication A-Rod to throw out first pitch. As a child, Alex Rodriguez attended Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade where he participated and flourished in its baseball program. As a part of MLB’s initiative to give back to the community, Rodriguez funded the majority of the project to refurbish this baseball field, located across from the Teen Center, and two other youth fields located near the Teen Center. Scotts, the official lawn care company of Major League Baseball, was also a major contributor to the project’s grass areas (outfield, infield and foul territories).
As a part of All-Star Smiles event approximately 100 children were provided with free preventative care and education, and if necessary, follow-up dental treatment. The All-Star Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded by Marlins All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Dr. Craig Spodak, dedicated to eradicating childhood tooth decay.