Community Newsletter
June 30, 2020
Black Lives Matter
In response to the unrest in our community and across the nation following the killing of George Floyd, the Pirates organization has come together to support black and brown individuals in our workplace and our greater Pittsburgh community. The Pirates pledge to do our part to fight against racism and injustice is highlighted below.

The killing of George Floyd is yet another in a long, sad line of senseless acts of racial injustice in our country that we must all speak out against. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Floyd family and all of those affected.

We stand with the black and brown communities and the thousands of peaceful protesters who are calling for much needed systematic change throughout our nation. We all must work together to eliminate racism in any and all forms, no matter where it may exist. It has no place in our society.

We believe that words are meaningless without action. We commit to actively and purposefully utilize our unique public position as a sports franchise to help drive awareness, build unity and push for an end to these tragedies. We have already begun to reach out to our community leaders to listen, learn and identify ways that we can provide needed support. We know there is no immediate solution, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are committed to investing the time, energy and resources necessary to help effect positive change.

Now is the time for us to come together as a community and be a part of the solution that we all seek.


With MLB Network's Harold Reynolds as moderator and Sharon Robinson as a special guest, Pirates All-Star Josh Bell, Marlins pitcher Sterling Sharp and D-backs pitcher Jon Duplantier recently had an honest and powerful discussion on what it's like to be Black in America and in Baseball. You can watch by clicking below.
Social Reform Sunday
To ensure the continued impact of social media's recent #BlackoutTuesday campaign - a day promoted by activists to observe, mourn and bring about policy change in the wake of the death of George Floyd - on Sunday, June 7, 2020, Pirates first baseman Josh Bell launched #SocialReformSunday. This social media campaign is a call-to-action for Black athletes and influencers to dedicate their platforms every Sunday to a message that encourages reform in their communities regarding racial injustices, criminal justice system, voting, education, financial literacy and family. Stay tuned as the Pirates highlight players, coaches, front office staff and more in the coming weeks on #SocialReformSunday.
Pirates Safety Jolly Roger T-shirt
The exclusive #RAISEIT T-shirt promotes healthy practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All net proceeds will support Pirates Charities local COVID-19 relief efforts. TODAY, June 30, is the deadline to purchase and show your support.

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Food Bank Donation
On March 21, 2020, Pirates Charities and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank teamed up to help local families by hosting a drive-up food distribution event in the parking lots on the North Shore. The event, as well as similar future events, was funded in part by the Pirates $50,000 donation to the Food Bank. Additionally, Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams and Pirates Charities announced a $30,000 donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as part of MLB's Home Plate Project. The contribution was put to use funding a drive-up food distribution with the Food Bank at their Duquesne headquarters. Their donation alone provided meals for 1,000 families in the Pittsburgh region who are in need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Food Bank Donation
Wanting to help Pittsburgh businesses and frontline workers amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Pirates players joined together to purchase over 400 pizzas from two local businesses that were then delivered to the staff at Allegheny General Hospital on March 23, 2020. Pirates players Josh Bell and Jameson Taillon teamed up with Scott Walton, the chef and owner of Acorn in the Shadyside neighborhood, to have 300 bagels delivered to healthcare workers at West Penn Hospital. It was a gesture by Pirates players to simultaneously help local businesses and hospital staff who have been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Pirates and Dunkin' also provided breakfast to workers at seven area Allegheny Health Network hospitals as part of an initiative to celebrate local healthcare workers during National Hospital Week as a part of the Pirates' mission to support front-line workers during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vaccine Research
The Pirates announced a $100,000 donation to the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Vaccine Research, which is working on a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. The team joined with two other area professional organizations, the Penguins and Steelers, to support the University's research. This donation was made as part of the Pirates ongoing support of area frontline workers and local non-profit groups that are helping those most in need during the pandemic.
All Star Teachers
The Pirates and Pirates Charities teamed up with Chevron and The Grable Foundation to recognize outstanding teachers in our region and give them the thanks and acknowledgement that they deserve for their contributions to our community. This award is dedicated to honoring teachers who are making a significant difference in the lives of students across the region by providing engaging instruction and curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning, and inspiring a passion for education beyond the classroom and into the future. The Pirates surprised winning teachers on Zoom calls in April and presented them with their grant of $1,000 to be used in their classroom.

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