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Minority Partnerships

Through the Community Development Department, the Pirates seek to expand current and develop new community relationships with members of minority communities and with others that share the same commitment to those communities. Through philanthropic contributions and the personal involvement of our employees, we strive to support our communities and enhance the quality of life of all who live in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas. We embrace the concepts of teamwork and partnership in all we do. As a committed partner with the community in which we reside, we recognize that our success is rooted in its economic, cultural and ethnic diversity.

Pirates Diversity Advisory Committee:
  • Bernie Annor - ALCOA
  • Ondera Burton - Allegheny County
  • Dina Clark - YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
  • Stephan Davis - YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Victor H. Diaz - Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Evan Frazier - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Sean Gibson - Josh Gibson Foundation
  • Rick Graca - Life's Work of Western PA
  • Brad Henderson - Pittsburgh Kids Foundation
  • Debbie Manich - Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Aaron Mickens - Three Rivers Youth
  • Alexander Nichols - Pittsburgh Regional Minority Purchasing Council
  • Sabrina Saunders - Urban League of Pittsburgh
  • Ken Service - Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education
  • James W. Wallace, Esq. - Abay Ethiopian Cuisine
  • Gene Walker - Pittsburgh Promise
  • Oscar Worthy - Oscar's LTD

Jackie Robinson Poetry and Essay Contest

One of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball (MLB) history was when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. In celebration of the anniversary of this momentous event, the Pittsburgh Pirates invite your school/organization to participate in the Jackie Robinson Essay and Poetry Contest. The contest is a fantastic opportunity for youth to express their thoughts creatively.

The contest, which is open to students in grades three through eight in the Pirates market area, challenges students to write about Robinson's nine values for success in either a poem or an essay. The contest is free to enter, simple for teachers, and can be tailored to meet educational requirements.

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African American Heritage Celebration

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates African American Heritage Celebration at PNC Park was held May 31 and June 1.

This annual event captures the essence of the Pirates' community efforts and highlights the contributions of African Americans in Pittsburgh.

The celebration included a weekend of promotions and special events that focused on honoring and recognizing African Americans in baseball while celebrating the African American culture in our community.

The Friday, May 31 game included a Celebration Tailgate on Federal Street. Fans met and mingled with Pirates legends Manny Sanguillen, Grant Jackson and Dave Parker.

The Saturday, June 1 game featured a special post-game FanJam concert by Kool & The Gang. During the game, the Pirates wore the uniforms of the Negro League Homestead Grays and the Reds wore the Cincinnati Tigers Negro League team uniforms.

For more information about the Pirates' African American Heritage Celebration, please contact Chaz Kellem at (412) 325-4731.

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Community Champion Awards

Throughout the Pittsburgh Pirates history, there have been many champions - on and off the field. Players like Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente thrilled Pirates fans with their baseball achievements. They also supported their communities in many ways by showing character and integrity in all aspects of their lives.

As part of our Heritage Weekend Celebration, the Pirates accepted nominations for the "Pittsburgh Pirates Community Champion Award," which was presented to area individuals who are "champions" of their communities and have positively contributed to the betterment of the diverse community in our region.

Learn more and see the Community Champion Award winners »

Diversity Networking Reception

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Coonelly and Guests PhotoThe Pittsburgh Pirates Diversity Networking Reception is a multicultural invitational only event used as a vehicle to share thanks to the community for their support throughout the year.

We look forward to exciting new partnerships and continuing the strong relationships with each organization in attendance. The evening's highlight included a meet-and-greet with Pirates players and coaches.

The Pirates are committed to diversity in the workforce, in our purchasing, and in our many community activities and events. We are committed to continuing the theme to provide a central platform for diverse and minority business professional's to converge to exchange ideas. Diversity is part of our everyday lives and we hope to help make Pittsburgh a successful and better place to not only work in but to live in as well.

Latino Reception

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The Pirates and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host an annual Latino Reception at PNC Park. Attendees have the opportunity to meet Pirates Latino players and front office personnel in a friendly atmosphere with Latin music and food. Baseball and softball equipment has also been collected for the Latino Family Center for Youth and Pittsburgh's sister city in Mexico via the P-squared Project.

Negro League Baseball

Pittsburgh Crawfords photoThroughout the long history of baseball in America, the Pirates organization and its employees have formed powerful partnerships for positive change in the black baseball world that stretched from the Pacific to the Caribbean.

Pittsburgh in the past was headquarters for the Negro National League and the only city in the country with two Black Professional Teams, the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords.

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Minority Outreach Events

Event photoThe Pirates are proud to have organized a number of minority partnership events including the College Classic and the Latin American Reception.

The Pirates community service, corporate contributions, and involvement in community-wide programs are based on the recognition that our strength as an organization depends on the well being of the communities in which we live.

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Legacy Square

Legacy Square logo Legacy Square is a permanent interactive exhibit to honor and preserve the history of the Negro Leagues, the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. Located inside the Left Field Gate Entrance at PNC Park, the exhibit is unlike anything found in baseball. The multiple elements share the inspiring story of the remarkable people that helped revolutionize the sports and business worlds.

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MWBE Support

Oscar A. WorthyThe Pittsburgh Pirates recognize the good business sense and added value gained by doing business with minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).

The directors of the Community Development and Purchasing Departments are dedicated to identifying qualified MWBEs who offer high-quality, cost-competitive goods and services, and matching them with the needs of the company. The Community Development Director actively seeks MWBEs through trade shows, advertising in local and national media, and working with business and advocacy groups.

The Pirates are an active corporate member of several organizations that are dedicated to fostering minority business development, including the Pittsburgh Regional Minority Purchasing Council, the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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