This summer, we expanded our partnership with Minor League Baseball to raise awareness about domestic violence. In a campaign called MiLB Ends DV, we partnered with more than 100 teams across the country. These teams included our educational messaging in their gameday programming to educate fans about the lifelong, traumatizing impact that domestic violence has on youth victims. Teams also used public address announcements and in-game videos, conducted a social media campaign, and provided information on resources available for those who may be victims of domestic violence.
Each guest attending one of the awareness nights received a set of Topps cards – including a special Safe At Home Joe Torre card. We also provided baseballs autographed by Joe for the participating teams to raffle.
“It is extremely important that we raise awareness about domestic violence and the impact that it has on millions of people, specifically children,” said Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball President & CEO. “Supporting this cause which is so close to Joe is significant for me and for Minor League Baseball. We take great pride in knowing our ballparks are safe, family-friendly environments for all, making them a comfortable setting to educate fans on this topic so that every child can live a healthy life free from violence.”
This year, we expanded the partnership to include Guardian Protection, a leading security solutions provider. The multi-year partnership with Guardian includes 13 of the participating teams, with Guardian committing to making a donation to Safe At Home and other domestic violence organizations when an opposing runner is thrown out stealing.
“It has never been more vital to educate people about domestic violence,” said Joe Torre, legendary Baseball Hall of Famer and chairman and founder of Safe At Home. “We are proud to partner with Guardian and Minor League Baseball to raise awareness about domestic violence, end its cycle and help more people feel safe at home.”
Thank you to all of our participating teams, and to Minor League Baseball and Topps for their partnership and commitment to ending violence.
If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, help is available. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or visit www.thehotline.org.