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During the hot summer months in AZ, the Reds minor league players volunteer to serve ice cream to patients, guests and hospital staff at West Valley Hospital. Players who participated in 2013 were Manuel Aybar, Narciso Crook, Jarrett Freeland, Alex Greer, Chad Jones, Oswaldo Mieres, Dakota Mitchell, Evan Mitchell and Jesus Parra.
On July 8th, twenty-eight YMCA kids toured the Reds Player Development Complex and had a Q & A session with 3 Cincinnati Reds minor league players, Jakub Izold, Jeremy Kivel and Fabian Roman. The players shared about their background and the importance of surrounding yourself with trustworthy people. After the Q & A, the players signed autographs and took pictures with the kids.
On May 28, 2013, Nick Travieso and Jackson Stephens paid a visit to Goddard School in Goodyear to read to students and talked about life lessons. They also handed out stickers and bookmarkers to the students.
Manuel Aybar, Luke Moran, Werleen Taveras and Amir Garrett served ice cream and signed autographs to EMT's and hospital staff at West Valley Hospital during EMT Appreciation Week.
Four Cincinnati Reds minor league players, Robert Lewis-Walker, Bernardo Moreta, Jose Rosario and Joe Housey, participated in the YMCA Healthy Kids Day in Goodyear, AZ on April 27, 2013. The players signed autographs and spoke to kids on the importance of eating healthy and exercising. They also participated in Zumba and other classes that the YMCA offers.
Arizona in ACTION, which promotes, educates and motivates people of all ages in Arizona toward living healthier lifestyles, also teaches kids about the importance of wearing helmets when riding their bikes, skateboards and rollerblades. On April 17th, six Cincinnati Reds minor league players, Nick Travieso, Jackson Stephens, Werleen Taveras, Amir Garrett, Jose Guzman and Jeremy Kivel handed out bike charms to students wearing helmets at Estrella Mountain Elementary and Westar Elementary in Goodyear, AZ.
The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians participated in the 3rd Annual Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians Charity Golf Classic at Golf Club of Estrella on February 21, 2013 to raise money for the H.O.P.E. Team. Founded in 2009, the H.O.P.E. Team is a non-profit organization which exists to support the patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Western Regional Medical Center. This year's golf tournament raised over $21,500. This will provide patients and their families with fun experiences such as trail rides or trips to the Phoenix Zoo. Some of this year's Reds participants were Mat Latos, Corky Miller, Chris Speier, George Foster, Miguel Cairo, Nick Travieso and Tom Browning.
The Reds enjoyed participating in GAIN for the second time on October 16th, 2010 at the Goodyear Ballpark. GAIN stands for Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods and was a wonderful opportunity for the team to educate the community about the upcoming 2011 Spring Training Season and share in the excitement of the 2010 post-season. Two minor league players, Stalin Gerson and Jose Amezcua, were on hand to sign autographs and fans were encouraged to play beanbag toss to win various prizes.
On October 14, 2010, four Cincinnati Reds minor league players visited St. John Vianney Catholic School in Goodyear to visit and inspire students in the 4th-8th grade. Players Alex Buchholz, Miguel Chacoa, Evan HIldenbrandt, and Brian Pearl shared their backgrounds with students and talked about the importance of education in their baseball careers and life outside of baseball. The visit ended with the players answering the students' questions and then signing autographs and taking pictures.
On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, the Reds made sure to highlight the club's new Spring Training home with a large area at Redsfest, the team's annual fan festival in downtown Cincinnati. More than 17,000 fans attended Redsfest and most of them stopped by the Goodyear Zone, which was packed with fun games for kids, a putting challenge, informational videos on Goodyear Ballpark and the Reds Development Complex and much more. City of Goodyear officials were also on hand to answer questions and sign up fans for 2010 Spring Training tickets.
On Sunday, Nov. 8, the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted "Picnic in the Park" at the Reds Player Development Complex. Chamber members and their families were joined by families from nearby Luke Air Force Base for the afternoon. Mr. Redlegs was on hand to bring fun for the kids, and he was joined by Slider from the Indians and Howler from the Phoenix Coyotes.