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MLB, Boys & Girls Clubs Pitch in for Earth Day

By Bill Ladson

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Earth Day is Sunday, but about 20 employees from Major League Baseball received an early start on Saturday. MLB partnered with its official charity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to enhance the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria, N.Y.

The volunteers worked on revitalizing the club, which included planting flowers and food such as spinach and kiwi. They also enhanced the club’s media room by painting objects on the wall in the basement. Scotts Miracle-Gro, the official lawn and garden company of MLB, donated materials to support the landscaping project.

Alexander Brown, the director of the Boys & Girls Club in Astoria, said it was incredible to get MLB employees to volunteer their services to the organization.

“The volunteers are excited to be doing something different and uplifting because it’s going to be seen,” Brown said. “Once we do our videos and put them on social media, the volunteers will be able to look back and see what they were able to contribute.”

It’s not surprising to Thomas Brasuell, vice president of community affairs for MLB, to see MLB employees volunteer their services at the Boys & Girls Club.

“We have a number of employees from our central office, our office in Secaucus, [N.J.], the MLB offices downtown,” Brasuell said. “Every time we volunteer — whether it’s setting up supplies for hurricane victims, stuffing food packages for people who are in need of food across the world, fixing the [Boys & Girls] club, fixing a park — our employees always step up and [are] always giving back.”

MLB was the first professional sports league to have all of its clubs as members of the Green Sports Alliance, which promotes healthy, sustainable communities in sports. MLB clubs diverted more than 20,000 tons of recycled or composted waste during the 2017 season. Each year, MLB awards the eco-friendliest club with its “Green Glove Award,” with the Mariners winning for the first time last year.

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D-backs to celebrate Earth Day

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The D-backs will celebrate Earth Day tomorrow starting with a harvest of the D-backs Greens Urban Garden, presented by UnitedHealthcare. The D-backs will also incorporate messaging for fans throughout the game on how they can help live a more sustainable lifestyle at the ballpark and at home. In addition, ASU School of Sustainability Dean Chris Boone will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

D-backs Greens, presented by UnitedHealthCare is a vertical garden visible to both fans and commuters on the exterior of the ballpark. In collaboration with Flower Street Urban Gardens, the D-backs added D-backs Greens at the end of last year making it the first vertical garden in Major League Baseball. When harvesting the plants in the garden, the D-backs and UnitedHealthcare work with local schools to involve children in the process to help teach kids about how they can grow their own fruits and vegetables at home. This Sunday, the vegetables and herbs harvested from the D-backs Greens garden will be donated to Kitchen on the Street. In addition, Flower Street Urban Gardens will provide a free garden to one school and one business.

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With Eco-Friendly Jerseys, Major League Soccer Kicks Off Earth Day in Style

By Olivia Rosane

Major League Soccer (MLS) is scoring a goal against plastic pollution this Earth Day, with help from a unique, eco-friendly product.

All 23 MLS teams playing Earth Day weekend, from Friday, April 20 to Sunday April 22, will wear special Adidas jerseys made from Parley Ocean Plastic™, an Adidas press release announced April 10.

Parley Ocean Plastic™ is an upcycled material made by Parley for the Oceans, and organization dedicated to raising awareness about environmental threats to the oceans and designing products that help protect these precious ecosystems. Their products are made from plastic washed up on beaches or in coastal communities and then converted into technical fibers that can be used to make shoes or clothing, like the jerseys MLS players will wear this weekend.

“Creating change and playing soccer feels very similar. You strategize, you dive into the game and give everything you have. That’s why you never truly lose. You just get better and better. And suddenly victory is yours, as if it is the most normal thing in life,” Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch said in the Adidas release.

Parley has designed other innovative products in addition to the Earth Day jerseys, which fans of either soccer or the oceans can purchase from Adidas or the MLS store. On March 31, it released a special version of the Adidas Originals NMD_CS1 design. Parley also partnered with Soma to design a reusable water bottle with a sleeve made of the equivalent of two plastic bottles washed up on remote islands or coastal towns. A limited run of the bottles will be available from more than 5,000 Starbucks in the U.S. and Canada.

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