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 90 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. More than $5000 was raised for local domestic violence organizations nationwide.
“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.”
“The effects of trauma on children, families and communities can be devastating and long-lasting,” said Joe Torre, co-founder and Chairman of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. “I am thrilled to have Minor League Baseball join us as a partner to raise awareness and provide greater resources to those who need support on their journey to healing.”
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.