Save The Bay Teams Up With DHL And The San Francisco Giants
Community Volunteers Paddle Kayaks in McCovey Cove During Select Games -
DHL will Donate $1,000 to Save The Bay for every Splash Hit
During select San Francisco Giants games this summer, Save The Bay and DHL will raise awareness about pollution threats to San Francisco Bay as part of the DHL’s Splash for Cash program. Along with many others hoping to catch Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run, Save The Bay volunteers will paddle in McCovey Cove in DHL-branded yellow kayaks to wait for the famous “splash hits.” DHL will donate $1,000 to Save The Bay for every “splash hit” that sails into the cove, with a minimum donation of $10,000 at the end of the season. Save The Bay will use the money raised to support its work to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.
Save The Bay is taking the opportunity to educate baseball fans and Bay Area residents about one of today’s greatest threats to the Bay, dangerous pollution from homes, cars, and neighborhoods. Trash dropped in streets and parking lots ends up in the Bay, killing wildlife like seals, pelicans, and leopard sharks. At each game - through announcements and scoreboard messages - Save The Bay will remind Giants fans to “stash their trash” before, during, and after the game, noting its harmful effects to Giants’ mascot, Lou Seal, and his friends in the Bay.
“We are proud to partner with DHL and the Giants in the ”Splash for Cash“ program, which provides Save The Bay a great opportunity to educate baseball fans and Bay Area residents about Bay pollution, specifically trash, and its threats to Bay wildlife. Plus, community volunteers get the chance to kayak on the Bay and be part of the exciting baseball season,” says David Lewis, Executive Director of Save The Bay.
“The Splash for Cash Program provides us the unique opportunity to align with two outstanding organizations, Save The Bay and the San Francisco Giants, on advancing an important community concern,” said Karen Jones, Senior Vice President, Corporate & Marketing Communications for DHL. “We are extremely pleased to be a part of this creative initiative, where building awareness makes everyone - the players, fans, volunteers and local community - a winner.”
Trash Poses Great Risk to Bay Wildlife
Trash is currently one of the most severe, yet unregulated pollutants in San Francisco Bay. Any trash that isn’t “stashed” will most likely blow into a storm drain or creek, where it will flow into the Bay. In fact, 200,000 pieces of trash were pulled from the Bay on one day in September 2006, indicating a serious threat to wildlife. This amount can increase after large scale events where thousands of people fail to properly dispose of their waste. Trash harms Bay fish and wildlife through entanglement and ingestion and often the 500 species of Bay wildlife cannot distinguish between their natural diet and plastic junk. Save The Bay hopes to reduce the amount of trash flowing to the Bay through cleanups, advocacy, and outreach and education efforts like the current partnership with DHL and the Giants.
Save The Bay Volunteers in McCovey Cove
Save The Bay volunteers will be participating in DHL’s Splash for Cash program on the following dates:
Saturday, June 9 - 12:55P
Wednesday, June 13 - 12:35P
Saturday, June 23 - 12:55P
Wednesday, June 27 - 12:35P
Saturday, June 30 - 6:05P
Saturday, August 11 - 6:05P
Thursday, August 23 - 12:35P
Saturday, August 25 - 6:05P
Wednesday, August 29 - 12:35P
Saturday, September 8 - 12:55P
For information about volunteering on these dates, call 510-452-9261 or email bayevents@saveSFbay.org.
About Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the oldest and largest membership organization working exclusively to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion, Save The Bay makes the Bay cleaner and healthier and connects residents to it. Save The Bay wages and wins effective advocacy campaigns to establish 100,000 acres of healthy Bay wetlands, increase public access to the shoreline, and protect the Bay from today’s greatest threats-urban sprawl and pollution. In 2007, Save The Bay will engage thousands of volunteers to improve habitat for fish and wildlife, and provide Bay recreation and education opportunities for more than 10,000 youth and adults. www.saveSFbay.org
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About the San Francisco Giants and AT&T Park
The San Francisco Giants of the National League is one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Boasting a 123-year history, the team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958 playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park before moving into their current home at AT&T Park in 2000.
Since opening its gates in 2000, AT&T Park has become internationally renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment. On the diamond, the National League-high of 19.2 million spectators have witnessed a trio of playoff appearances, the 2002 World Series and a bevy of magical moments. Barry Bonds has established his own historical stage on the shores of McCovey Cove, from his record-setting 71st home run in 2001 to career clouts number 500, 600, 660 and 700. Likewise, the euphoria that surrounded the Giants’ pennant clinching win in 2002 is forever etched upon the San Francisco sports landscape. AT&T Park has also played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Green Day. AT&T Park will be the center of the baseball universe when it hosts the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 10.
Off the field, the Giants boast one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports becoming the first team to implement a 100 percent participation program, involving every player, coach and uniformed staff member in at least one community project throughout the season. Through its community outreach programs, the Giants work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community.
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