The Erie SeaWolves annually contribute more than $250,000 in goods, services and contributions to support charitable efforts in the greater Erie region. In 2015, the SeaWolves received the Times Publishing Company's Commitment to Erie Award for Community Service. During that same year, the SeaWolves announced an expansion of its community outreach efforts through the creation of the SeaWolves Community Fund.
The SeaWolves Community Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and adults in the greater Erie region. The SeaWolves Community Fund places a special emphasis on supporting youth programs focused on baseball, education, and wellness by developing partnerships with those who share in our mission.
Youth Baseball Sponsorships: The SeaWolves sponsor multiple youth baseball and softball teams in the greater Erie region. Youth leagues may submit sponsorship and in-kind donation requests online.
Chace Numata Scholarship: The SeaWolves provide a minimum of $4,000 in scholarships annually to Erie-area high school baseball and softball players. Click here to learn more or apply.
Youth Baseball Activities: The SeaWolves work with partners such as Major League Baseball, Chevrolet, Erie Sports Center, the Miracle League of Erie County, and the Boys & Girls Club of Erie to host various programs each summer. Major League Baseball annually sponsors Play Ball Weekend in early June featuring a free skills event in all 30 MLB cities and all 120 MiLB communities.
UPMC Health Plan Strike Out Cancer Weekend: The SeaWolves and UPMC Health Plan team up annually to wear special cancer awareness jerseys, and generate funds for the Hillman Cancer Fund of Hamot Health Foundation. The weekend includes a silent auction and a nightly raffle to benefit the cause.
C. Wolf's Healthy Challenge: C. Wolf's Healthy Challenge is a community wellness initiative conducted by the Erie SeaWolves with support from UPMC Health Plan. This interactive program is designed to educate students in grades K-5 on the importance of balancing diet and an active lifestyle to achieve wellness. The front office staff and mascot of the SeaWolves visits schools in Northwest Pennsylvania to discuss healthy choices that the students (and C. Wolf) can make. At the conclusion of each presentation, students can complete a checklist of healthy action to earn a pair of tickets to a SeaWolves baseball game compliments of UPMC Health Plan.
C. Wolf's Reading Club: C. Wolf’s Reading Club, presented by the Erie County Community College of PA, is a free and fun program open to all elementary and middle schools in the Erie region. The program challenges students to read eight books (or hours for students in grades 4-8) from February through the end of March. If students are able to complete the challenge by reading eight books or hours, they receive a free ticket to a SeaWolves game.
Education Days: The SeaWolves partner with UPMC Health Plan to host students from area schools for a cost-effective and educational field trip to UPMC Park. Events are held annually in May or early June based on the team's home schedule.
Sensory Friendly Day at the Ballpark: Many individuals with autism have sensory processing issues. To accommodate this special need, the SeaWolves lower the master audio level of the public address system and reduce the frequency of sound effects and crowd prompts. The team also provides a complimentary suite to serve as a sensory break area for families who need an environment without the audio and visual stimuli of the ballpark.
Strike Out Poverty: The SeaWolves used a sponsorship with Hagan Business Machines to raise money for each strikeout by a SeaWolves pitcher. Hagan makes a donation to United Way of Erie County for each strikeout by the SeaWolves.
Fabin's Fill the Trailer: In partnership with Fabin's Truck & Trailer, the SeaWolves collect needed items during the baseball season to be donated to local nonprofit organizations.
Tickets for Veterans: Each season, the SeaWolves collect donations to bring local veterans to the ballpark on Military Appreciation Night. The team also donates tickets to veterans via VetTix for select home games.
FUNdraising Program: The SeaWolves FUNdraising program helps non-profit groups in the Erie area raise money through the sale of SeaWolves tickets.