Community service

Blue Wahoos named Best Community Service Team in Double-A South

PENSACOLA – The Pensacola Blue Wahoos were chosen as the Double-A South nominees for the Minor League Baseball Community Champion Award, given to the team that has shown the greatest commitment to community service during baseball season 2021.

“Our mission as an organization is to improve the quality of life in our community, and we are proud to have been chosen by our league as a nominee for the CommUNITY Champion award,” said team president Jonathan Griffith. “Our staff and players strive to have a positive impact on our community and to help make Pensacola the best place to live.”

The CommUNITY Champion Award is a new honor in 2021, replacing previous league-specific awards. Previously, the Blue Wahoos were four-time Southern League Community Service Award winners before moving to Double-A South in 2021.

Across the country, each league in minor league baseball has selected a team to represent their league at the Major Fun Awards at Baseball Winter Meetings, which were held December 6-8 in Orlando. The Blue Wahoos were selected as the best community service team in South Double-A and were represented by Griffith and other staff at the Winter Meetings awards ceremony.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos were chosen as nominees by the Double-A South for the Minor League Baseball Community Champion Award.

In 2021, Blue Wahoos staff and players participated in hundreds of hours of community service through Pensacola and the organization has made more than $ 600,000 in charitable and in-kind donations. The team’s annual reading program has reached over 6,000 children in local primary schools, encouraging them to read more than 24,000 books. Staff partnered with Waste Management locally to renovate several baseball and softball fields in the community, and players on the team set up an online baseball clinic, allowing them to give instruction to local young athletes. safely during the current pandemic.

The Worcester Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, were chosen from the league nominees to win the 2021 Minor League Baseball Community Champion Award.