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Yard Goats Foundation

The Yard Goats Foundation is a Connecticut based non-profit organization dedicated to providing social, educational and scholarship opportunities for the youth in our surrounding communities in connection with the activities of the Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club. The Yard Goats Foundation makes social, educational, and scholarship opportunities more accessible to the youth of our area enabling young people to participate, learn and to contribute to their community while experiencing lifelong memories. 

 

The Foundation is also very dedicated to benefiting charities in the Connecticut community by supporting many great causes and helping raise funds.

 

 

Yard Goats Foundation Programs:
  • Annual Hot Stove Luncheon to benefit the Yard Goats Foundation in helping to reach it's community goals. The Yard Goats choose and honor a Triple Crown Recipient, a widely respected non-profit organization, at the event each year. Some previous winners include: The Hospital for Special Care, Salvation Army of New Britain, American Red Cross, Foodshare and the New Britain Herald.

  • Thanksgiving Deliveries Program, Yard Goats mascot and front office staff members deliver ten full Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

  • The Yard Goats Foundation hosts numerous "Charity Nights" at the Yard Goats to benefit local non-profit organizations through fundraising and awareness.

  • Sponsoring of over forty local Little League teams and other youth baseball teams throughout the State of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

  • Citizen's Bank and the Yard Goats Foundation join together to host the Reading Books in Summer Program. Those libraries who choose to participate in the program receive ticket vouchers to provide as an incentive to children for completing their summer reading program.

  • The Yard Goats Foundation hosts various collection drives. Some of the items collected include: non-perishable food donations, cosmetics/prom dress donations, clothing donations, and toiletries donations.

  • Educational Programs such as: Baseball in Education Days, Reading Books in Summer, Kids Health and Wellness Campaign in conjunction with Big Y World Class Markets and more!

  • Partnered with Minor League Baseball to fund and send selected children to the 2011 Minor League Baseball™ Youth Leadership Academy held in Vero Beach, Florida.

  • The Yard Goats Foundation teams up with Barnum Financial Group each year to host the annual "Bikes For Kids" event. 50 bikes and helmets are donated to underprivileged children in the Greater Hartford area.

  • The Yard Goats Foundation donates tickets to underprivileged children, group homes, and local charities that may not have had the chance to experience attending a professional baseball game.

  • The Yard Goats Foundation hosts various events, such as Beer Tastings, Wine Tastings and Ice Cream Socials to benefit local causes.

  • The Yard Goats Foundation hosts a "Tip-A-Player Fundraiser", held at Outback Steakhouse in Newington. This fundraiser benefits the Yard Goats Foundation and   The Hospital of Central Connecticut. Yard Goats players and Yard Goats mascot wait on customers and a portion of each check processed throughout the day is donated back to these two causes.

  • The Yard Goats Foundation has teamed up with the American Lung Association in an effort to prevent kids from ever starting to smoke! Each day in the US, 3500 youth under the age of 18 try their first cigarette and 1/3 of all youth will eventually die prematurely from smoking-caused diseases. Help us Strike Out Smoking by creating an original poster to help teach other children not to smoke.