The Giants, Giants Community Fund and Futures Without Violence, annually hold a day that honors individuals who are leading the way and committed to stopping violence in our communities. The Giants will hold a pre-game homeplate ceremony recognizing the work and efforts of local community leaders and organizations. Strike Out Violence Day was on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Strike Out Violence Day also includes the annual Jerseys Off Our Giants raffle to benefit La Casa de las Madres. More than 100 volunteers sell $2 raffle tickets throughout the ballpark for the chance to win an autographed Giants jersey. Since 2002, over $300,000 has been raised to benefit La Casa de las Madres, which offers support services for battered women and their children.
The Giants Community Fund created the following programs to address violence prevention needs in the Junior Giants communities. These programs provide a forum for participants to discuss methods of preventing violence in their neighborhoods.
In an effort to address the rising violence in our communities, the Giants Community Fund established the Junior Giants Violence Prevention Speaker's Program. Youth advocate and comedian, Michael Pritchard, annually visits Junior Giants leagues to speak with kids, coaches and parents about respect, gang prevention and anti-bullying messages.
Junior Giants Strike Out Bullying Contest is an opportunity for kids to artistically express what their community would look like if it was violence free. Kids can submit a poem, song, or piece of art that communicates this message. The contest winners are recognized during the Strike Out Violence day pre game ceremony.