In The Community
The Nashville Sounds' involvement in the community is anything but minor league. The Sounds' dedication to the community is evident in all of our efforts with a specific focus on supporting the community that has supported us for more than 30 years.
Being a part of the Volunteer State presents numerous opportunities to assist non-profit organizations in raising funds for the betterment of our population's future. With the entertainment value that Minor League Baseball provides, ticket packages are in high demand by organizations that are hoping to raise funds through their annual auctions.
Whether it is assisting charities achieve their goals or providing a direct impact, the Nashville Sounds are clearly one of Middle Tennessee's most valuable assets.
The Ambassadors Club was formed in 2009 and recognizes individuals who have shown a long-standing commitment to the Sounds organization over the years.
The ambassadors are an integral part of the Sounds organization in creating a community-connected organization at all levels in Nashville.
Sounds players hosted several baseball clinics for area youth throughout the season. Children participated in batting, fielding, and hitting drills and were treated to a picnic-style lunch. In 2011, the Sounds hosted a clinic with the Nashville Sertoma Club and Chevy Youth Baseball.
Check out past events:
- Video: 2011 Sertoma Fantasy Baseball Clinic »
- Photo Gallery: 2011 Sertoma Fantasy Baseball Clinic »
- Video: 2011 Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic »
During the 2012 Nashville Sounds season, each home game with at least one broken bat will result in the opportunity for obtaining trees to be planted in the fall. Groups eligible to participate include schools, churches, scouts, little league teams, soccer teams, conservation organizations, watershed groups, and civic organizations.
From the pool of participants who sign up through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, one group will be drawn at random for each Sounds home game where a bat is broken. At the end of the Sounds season, nine final winners will be drawn. Each of the nine winning organizations will receive trees for fall planting from the Department of Agriculture-Division of Forestry. The groups will be eligible to receive up to 200 trees for planting.
The Nashville Sounds assist the community by donating items such as tickets or merchandise to disadvantaged youth, development and educational programs, youth baseball programs, and medical research organizations.
Preference is given to organizations and requests that address one or more of these areas of focus. More »
In celebration of Father's Day, the Nashville Sounds held an essay contest throughout the Greater Nashville area. Children were encouraged to submit essays entitled "What My Father Means to Me". The grand-prize author threw out the first pitch as a father-daughter combination and received four tickets to a future Sounds game.
- 2011 Winner: Alex Edwards, White Bluff Elementary
Our friends at Twice Daily are making sure the Sounds aren't the only ones benefitting from home runs this season. For every home run the Sounds hit this season - home and away - Twice Daily is making a generous donation to the Nashville Sounds Foundation to help the community.
Ozzie made many visits throughout the Nashville area with stops at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville's 20th birthday celebration and the JDRF Dell Golf Tournament. Ozzie starred in the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee commercial and tossed several first pitches at area youth Little League opening ceremonies. In total, Ozzie made over 200 appearances in 2011. More »
The Nashville Sounds have been actively involved in the Nashville RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program for many years. In 2011, the Sounds hosted a weekend tournament in July featuring high school-level RBI teams from throughout the Mid-State. The Sounds hosted a pair of RBI Nights at the ballpark, to which players from the RBI leagues used Sounds game tickets as a fundraiser for the program.
The Nashville Sounds Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that primarily directs support to disadvantaged youth, development and educational programs, youth baseball programs, and medical research organizations. Preference is given to organizations and requests that address one or more of these areas of focus. The Foundation is funded through monetary donations from Sounds operations, private donations, grant organizations, memorabilia auctions, and in-game custom public address announcements. More »
Ozzie's Kid's Club is a fun program for children 12 and under, offering unique opportunities at the ballpark. All kids club members received a membership card, a welcome letter from Ozzie, monthly newsletters with invitations to kids club events and activities that were held on every Sunday game during the season with five tickets.
The program is based on achieving reading goals and advancing along the bases path on a baseball diamond, with home plate being the final goal. Students earned incentives for each base reached, including a free ticket to a Sounds game. More »
The inaugural season-long program highlighted one area non-profit organization during each of the five months of the season. Each month, a specific promotional ticket fundraiser, nightly memorabilia auction, personalized public address announcements, and specialized charity jersey auction helped benefit each monthly charity of the CARE program. More »
Throughout the 2011 season, the Nashville Sounds partnered with the KHESED Foundation and pledged a $10 donation for every strikeout recorded at Greer Stadium to help the Nashville Children's Alliance "Strike Out Child Abuse".
The Sounds offer local non-profits the opportunity to raise funds by participating in a ticket fundraiser. Each participating organization must commit to sell a minimum of 50 tickets to a specific game to be eligible in the program. To help in their fundraiser, the Sounds provide promotional materials, schedules, and a promotional ticket code for online ticket orders.
The Sounds recognize area charitable organizations at Nashville Sounds home games. Each night, one organization has the opportunity to have a presence at the ballpark for purposes of educating Sounds fans about their organization.