Albuquerque Isotopes in the Community
This year marked the Isotopes seventeenth season in Albuquerque. The 2019 season was one filled with many amazing theme nights, player appearances, community events and smiling fans.
The highlights from the 2019 season included the second year of the fun filled nights for the Copa de la Diversión event series in which the Albuquerque Isotopes became the Mariachis de Nuevo México to celebrate and embrace the culture and values of the Hispanic/Latino communities. The Isotopes also continued the Family Fridays theme nights that focused on the family unit by providing opportunities for ticket packages, costumes, and themed food specials. The Isotopes won the COPA Cup for the second consecutive year at the 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego.
The Isotopes administrative staff, event staff, players, and mascot have contributed numerous hours to the community. This past season, the Isotopes administrative staff dedicated over 450 hours to the community in volunteer efforts. The administrative staff collected items for Reginald Chavez Elementary School, hygiene items for Locker #505, and shoes for the annual KRQE Cares Shoes for Kids drive. The players volunteered to speak at Bernalillo High School, built airplanes with kids in an autism inclusive classroom, joined in a baseball game with the Lobo Challenger Little League and spoke in a video regarding mental health, amongst many other community appearances. Orbit attended community events all year long to bring awareness and excitement to local organizations.
This year was the second one for Orbit's Food Drive Initiative. At each community appearance, Orbit asked for organizations to donate non-perishable food items in leu of paying for the appearance. Orbit collected over 2,000 pounds of food which was then donated to schools and community organizations in need.
The Isotopes assist in bringing over $630,000 into the community each year, through in kind donations, concession stand fundraising, charity banner fundraising, community walks, little league fundraising and jersey auctions among many other community efforts. The Isotopes are committed to being a part of the community and bringing the game of baseball back into the lives of the youth of the community. They host two youth skills clinics for boys and girls ages 5-15 years old each season in which the players and coaching staff assist in instructing. Over 200 kids attended the 2019 clinics. The Isotopes have various youth programs throughout the season such as Club Read and Orbit's Kids Crew to make sure that the kids of the community enjoy baseball, as well as education. The Isotopes hosted an event at Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park with Grassroots Baseball and Hall of Famer Goose Gossage to help increase the participation and interest in baseball among the youth.
The Isotopes look forward to the 18th season to bring in more awareness, more entertainment, and more fun into the community. The Isotopes are invested in their community. The Isotopes are INVOLVED!