In August of 2015, in honour of Lou Gehrig's memory, and Major League Baseball's continuing commitment to raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), MLB and its Clubs participated in the return of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Throughout the month of August, each Major League Club hosted its own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and then passed the bucket along to another team to participate in the charitable effort.
Blue Jays players, Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, David Price, Ryan Goins and Aaron Sanchez, as well as local celebrities Lauren Holly and Gerry Dee, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday, August 6.
Fans are encouraged to join MLB by donating at ALSIceBucketChallenge.org, which is a dedicated website to inform people about ALS and to assist in donating to an ALS organization of their choice.View Video
Beginning in 2013, Autism Awareness Night was held at Rogers Centre as part of a league wide initiative. The Toronto Blue Jays are partnered with Autism Speaks Canada to raise awareness of autism across the country. Select families are invited to the Jays Care Community Clubhouse to watch the game, and members of Autism Speaks Canada are honoured during pregame ceremonies.Learn More
Each year, players across Major League Baseball team up in support of prostate cancer research. At each home game on Father's Day, players, managers, coaches, and field staff promote awareness by wearing blue wristbands and blue ribbons on their uniforms. MLB helps "keep dad in the game" with this campaign that champions fathers, raises awareness of prostate cancer, and further demonstrates baseball's leadership in the fight against cancer. The Toronto Blue Jays partner with Prostate Cancer Canada to honour fathers across the country.Learn More
Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's colour barrier with his historic debut on April 15, 1947. In doing so, Robinson helped pave the way for equal rights, and changed baseball forever. The Toronto Blue Jays players and coaches commemorate Jackie Robinson Day on April 15 each year by wearing #42 to honour Robinson's inspiring life, values, and accomplishments.Learn More
The Toronto Blue Jays are proud to support Major League Baseball's Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative, to generate awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to help fight the disease. Each year, Major League Baseball conducts an Honourary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize inspirational MLB fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause. One winner is selected for each of the 30 MLB Clubs. Clubs at home on Mother's Day will host their Honourary Bat Girl during on-field celebrations. Hundreds of MLB players, including members of the Toronto Blue Jays, will use pink bats produced by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer logo on Mother's Day. Many players will also wear pink wristbands and the symbolic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness will be displayed on player uniforms, as well as on on-field personnel.Learn More
MLB Pitch, Hit & Run is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages 7-14, the opportunity to showcase their baseball abilities. Winners can advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championship events at the 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.
In 2015, after the Blue Jays Team Championships, 11 year old Elijha Hammill qualified as a National Finalist and made the trip to the MLB All-Star Game.Learn More
The Toronto Blue Jays team up with Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) each year to host the Promoting a Life of Activity for Youth (PLAY) Clinic at Rogers Centre. More than 100 children with Type 1 Diabetes, selected by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF), learn a variety of baseball skills and are taught valuable lessons regarding the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyle. The children learn strength and agility drills from the Blue Jays training staff and participate in a question-and-answer session with them about the importance of living healthy and staying active.
As part of a joint effort between the Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball, Play Sun Smart creates awareness about proper skin care and protection against harmful UV rays, as well as offering detection and prevention tips to players, team staff and fans.Learn More
Not long after recording his 3,000th career hit, Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash while delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Clemente exemplified baseball's unique responsibility as a social institution and its ability to improve people's lives. Major League Baseball celebrates Clemente's dedication to public service while by recognizing players' efforts to give back to their communities. Each year, every MLB team recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams.Learn More
Each season the Toronto Blue Jays welcome children through the BLUE Crew Tickets program with Major League Baseball umpires. This program allows children within youth mentoring organizations to experience a Major League Baseball game in a very unique way. The children are invited to meet with the umpire crew on-field before the game.Learn More