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Community Outreach Programs

Through the Community and Public Affairs Department, the Pirates seek to expand current and develop new community relationships with members of minority communities and with others that share the same commitment to those communities. Through philanthropic contributions and the personal involvement of our employees, we strive to support our communities and enhance the quality of life of all who live in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas. We embrace the concepts of teamwork and partnership in all we do. As a committed partner with the community in which we reside, we recognize that our success is rooted in its economic, cultural and ethnic diversity.

The Pirates are proud to have organized a number of minority partnership events. The Pirates community service, corporate contributions, and involvement in community-wide programs are based on the recognition that our strength as an organization depends on the well-being of the communities in which we live.

Negro League Baseball

Throughout the long history of baseball in America, the Pirates organization and its employees have formed powerful partnerships for positive change in the black baseball world that stretched from the Pacific to the Caribbean.

Pittsburgh in the past was headquarters for the Negro National League and the only city in the country with two Black Professional Teams, the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords.


Pittsburgh fielded an array of stars -- Josh Gibson, Leroy "Satchel" Paige, Buck Leonard and others -- unrivaled in the city's rich sporting past, and the Pirates are committed to educating and celebrating the legacy of the Negro Leagues with Pirates fans of all ages and backgrounds.

Long Live Their Legacy - is a Black History Month initiative to educate our surrounding communities on Negro League Baseball, its ties to Pittsburgh, and its significant influence on today's game. Please contact Joel Gray ( for more information.

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African-American Heritage Sports Celebration

As a commitment to Pittsburgh's rich sporting past, the Pirates host an annual regular season initiative to celebrate the achievements of MLB's African-American players, coaches and front office executives, and to educate Pirates fans who might not know about the Negro Leagues and what they meant to Pittsburgh.

2016 Recap: The Pirates hosted its Annual African-American Heritage Sports Luncheon on Friday, September 9, 2016, featuring Tyrone Brooks, MLB's Director of the Front Office & Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program and former Pittsburgh Pirates Director of Player Personnel. Over a hundred guests - including youth from American Youth Journalism Corporation, Neighborhood Academy, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, M-Powerhouse of Greater Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University - had the chance to hear Tyrone's story and how his new role with MLB will allow him to proactively identify, develop and grow the pool of qualified minority candidates for on-field and baseball operations positions throughout the industry.

Details to come for the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates Annual African-American Heritage Sports Celebration.

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Pirates & TeamSmile Dental and Vision Screening

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities partnered with TeamSmile, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Concordia Dental, Vision Works, and Tickets for Kids to host free dental and vision screenings for our local youth. More than 300 children were invited to PNC Park's Pittsburgh Baseball Club and World Series Suites for this special one-day clinic.


Thanks to local dental professionals and volunteers, children were provided the dental treatment, sealants, and instruction they needed in a fun environment. While promoting the significance of good dental hygiene was one goal, the children also had their vision screened and those who were in need of glasses received vouchers for a free pair.

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Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest

The 2016 MLB Breaking Barriers Essay Contest was open to all students in grades 4 through 9. This was a chance for students to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are currently facing in their lives and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson (citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork) to deal with those challenges.

Congratulations to our local MLB & Scholastic National Essay Contest Winners Renah Kozemchak (Grade 4 - 6 MVP Prize Winner) and Calyn Jones (Grade 4 - 6 All-Star Prize Winner)!

Learn more about the contest »

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Latino Celebration

The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted their Annual Latino Celebration on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 in conjunction of also celebrating Roberto Clemente Day. A pre-game reception with food and live music featuring Gavas Beats took place in PNC Park's Smorgasburgh. Fans - including Pittsburgh Latin American Cultural Union, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Latin Family Center - got to mix-and-mingle with Pirates personnel as well as the Clemente Family.

Details to come for the 2017 Pittsburgh Latin-American Heritage Sports Celebration.

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Pirates Tales

This summer, read your way into PNC Park. The more books you read the more chances you'll have to win tickets to a Pirates game at PNC Park during the 2017 season. All entries are due no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2016. For more information, please visit

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