Yesterday the Padres kicked off their weekend tour of community service and volunteer work, dubbed "Padres Caravan." Their first stop was Mission Beach, where they launched a brand new initiative led by a group of volunteers from Toyota. The Padres Volunteer Team calls on San Diegans to join the Padres and donate their time to volunteer throughout the community.
Padres players kicked off the Padres Volunteer team presented by Toyota in Mission Beach this morning! pic.twitter.com/u0ZIHaHxgA— San Diego Padres (@Padres) February 6, 2015
Members of the front office, staff, and Padres players and alumni will be giving their time to community-serving events throughout the year, and they invite anyone to everyone to join them by signing up on padres.com/volunteer for various volunteer opportunities from now until August. Aside from the satisfaction and pride of giving back to the community, the Padres have added extra incentives for their volunteers:
Volunteers receive a t-shirt at their first event and one "Hit" for each hour they give back with Padres Volunteer Team. Hits may be redeemed for Padres tickets and exclusive experiences.
The first order of business for the Padres Volunteer Team after their launch yesterday morning was a beach clean-up with San Diego CoastKeeper.
Next, several Padres players, front office members, and staff headed over to Naval Base San Diego to visit the sailors aboard the USS William P Lawrence, proving once more that the Padres are truly a "team of the military."
Meanwhile, Trevor Hoffman enjoyed himself at the Poway Kiwanis luncheon...
Had a great time at Poway Kiwanis luncheon! Thanks for having me pic.twitter.com/2muGJ7AHpr— Trevor Hoffman (@THoffman51) February 6, 2015
... and the Padres Volunteer Team lent their hands at Father Joe's Village, serving lunch to those in need.
As the afternoon began, some Padres caravan-ers paid a visit to the San Diego Police Headquarters and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station.
More of the Padres Caravan crew headed out to National City for the kickoff of the Boys & Girls Club's Little Jumps Campaign, which aims to raise money and awareness for the organization's healthy lifestyle initiative.
Every February, Clubhouses, staff and Board members collect change and donations to support our Club members leading healthy lifestyles. The month is dedicated to healthy cooking classes, physical activities and health education.
The first day of the Padres Caravan ended with some fun at Ballast Point Brewing's Little Italy location, which was open to the public.
The caravan goes on today, beginning with a pep rally at the UTC mall in La Jolla. The Padres will continue on to visit both Rady Children's Hospital and Balboa Naval Medical Center, as well as attend a "social event" with the San Diego Madres. Finally they'll end up at the Monster Energy Supercross at Petco Park.
Had an awesome day today at #PadresCaravan! Hope so see a lot of fans tomorrow!— Wil Myers (@wilmyers) February 7, 2015
Had a great day running around San Diego getting fans even more excited for Padres baseball as if they weren't already ecstatic 4 season— Nick Vincent (@NickVincent50) February 7, 2015
Anyone planning on making it out to any events this weekend? Let us know what you think!