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Florida Marlins Youth FoundationUnlike the NBA and WNBA, Major League Baseball does not mandate specific community programs to their teams to promote and implement. Teams through their own Community Relations and Foundation departments build community relationships through implementing philanthropy projects.

The Florida Marlins former owner, John Henry, created the The Florida Marlins Community Foundation in 1999. Through FMCF, players and coaches help make a difference in the South Florida community. The Marlins participate in:

Cornerstones for Kids:

Through contributions from players, corporations, and various events that allow Marlins fans a chance to support community programs and have fun at the same time, Cornerstones for Kids can continue to better South Florida's youth.

Adapt-A-Classroom: Adapt-A-Classroom

The Marlins work with individuals and business in the South Florida area that wish to "adapt" an inner-city school classroom. Each $4500 donation provides the teacher of the selected classroom the opportunity to purchase school supplies that make learning fun and exciting. The Marlins have adopted 66 classrooms in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.

World of Baseball:

Developed by local educators, this curriculum-enhanced program uses baseball to make learning a fun and exciting experience for children. For one week in May, the Marlins designate as World of Baseball Week. This is when Marlins players, coaches, and broadcasters visit approximately 35 schools. In addition, each participating school receives 1,000 tickets to an upcoming Marlins game.

Marlins Youth Baseball Clinics:

On Saturdays, Marlins players and coaches pass on their baseball knowledge and expertise to youth in two-hour clinics.

Youth Baseball Clinics:

In June 2000, the Marlins hosted a Florida Marlins-Josh Beckett Baseball Tournament. Named after Marlins pitcher Josh Beckett, this tournament attracted sixteen teams of 11 and 12 year-old kids. Due to the success, in 2001, the Marlins hosted two youth baseball tournaments, and one youth softball tournament. The winner of each tournament received their awards prior to a Marlins game.

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI):

This is youth program for ages 13-18 who live in disadvantages areas. This program is designed to promote interest in baseball, academic achievement, and social responsibility. RBI gives children the opportunity to play baseball and softball.

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