The Hartford Yard Goats Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing social and educational opportunities for youth in our surrounding communities. The Yard Goats Foundation aims to enable our young people to participate, learn and contribute to their community through experiential opportunities and programming. These various experiences support the mission of the foundation, and often take place at Dunkin' Park in our Charter Oak Community Center, in conjunction with the Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club. The Yard Goats Foundation is also dedicated to benefiting charities in the community by supporting great causes, and building partnerships with other non-profit organizations, in effort to assist them in being successful in their individual missions.
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.
Eversource/Yard Goats Reading Challenge encourages students to read 5 books outside the normal curriculum during the school year. Those who choose to participate in the program will receive ticket vouchers to a 2023 Yard Goats Game.
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.
Hip Hop Dance - Designed to introduce Middle School aged students to wellness, fun, and creativity through culture and dance. Participants work with a choreographer/ professional dancer over the course of 8 weeks.
Young Ambassadors - The Hartford Yard Goats Young Ambassador Program is a youth development program for high school aged youth. This program is designed to build character, provide access, and explore possibilities through unique workshops, independent activities, community service, college tours and more. The objective is to empower all participants to become positive role models and leaders within their communities. Young Ambassadors
HYGYAP Alumni - Young Ambassador graduates from former years, meet virtually twice a month to discuss college life, mental health, resources, community service projects, and more. This program is designed to keep Young Ambassadors engaged and provide additional resources upon graduation from the program. HYGYAP Alumni
Theater Arts - In partnership with the Hartford Stage, industry professionals work with participants to create a stage play while gaining team building, public speaking, and creative skills. Theater Arts
YG Dance Team - Youth ages 9-14 from around the state of Connecticut audition for the team. Team members perform during the baseball season at Friday home games. YG Dance Team
Culinary Arts Program - Middle and high school students from Greater Hartford work in the state-of-art commercial kitchen at Dunkin’ Park alongside local restaurant owners and celebrity chefs. Students learn about, prepare, and experience cultural, exotic, and gourmet meals. Culinary Arts Program
Financial Literacy - Designed to help high school students make sense out of their dollars. Experts in the field identify ways to create generational wealth, invest, and save.
Fitness - Using cross fit, boxing, strength training, and life coaching, industry professionals challenge high school participants physically and emotionally to push beyond their self-imposed limits. Register Here!
Attendance - Designed specifically for grades K-8. Hartford Yard Goats supports, encourages, and awards students for attendance with mascot visits, YG merchandise, game day tickets, player visits (when available) and more. To get your school involved email [email protected]