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UMPS CARE was founded in 2006 through the compassion of Major League Baseball Umpires. UMPS CARE provides financial, in-kind and emotional support for America's youth and families in need.
The UMPS CARE mission embodies our established creed, "Helping People is an Easy Call." Through our youth-based programs, professional baseball umpires enrich the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable baseball experiences. Our scholarship programs offer much needed financial support to children adopted later in life as well as current and former members of the military.
It's one thing to read about what we do, but another thing entirely to see it in action. The smiles on the faces of both the kids and the umps might make you wonder who gets more out of the events. Take a look at footage from UMPS CARE Charities hospital visits and ballpark experiences and see just why we say, "Helping people is an easy call."
Major League Baseball umpires and lovable team mascots host Build-A-Bear Workshop experiences for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Each event includes a supply of pre-stuffed Build-A-Bears, bear-sized outfits, cub condos, birth certificates, and baseball themed stress balls. Team photographers capture memories for the children at each event. Since the program started in 2006, MLB umpires have hosted over 100 children's hospital events across the country giving out more than 100,000 bears.
BLUE Crew Tickets offers memorable baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth in mentoring programs. Major League Baseball umpires and caring corporate partners provide kids a VIP experience including great seats to the game, a goody bag of all things baseball, and the unique opportunity to step onto the field for a souvenir baseball and photo. Since the program started in 2006, MLB umpires have welcomed over 7,000 guests to Major League Baseball games.
Education is an important part of life. In baseball terms, it gives you a healthy lead as you round the bases. Not everyone gets the same opportunity for higher education. The UMPS CARE Charities All-Star Scholarship was created for children adopted later in life in order to help provide a college education for promising students with a financial need. Since the program's inception in 2006 UMPS CARE has given in excess of $120,000 to deserving young students.