- Signature Programs
The 2014 Caravan Tour kicked off the #100GiftsofService efforts by visiting three hospitals, three schools, and the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine base. Cubs players, coaches, and front office personnel came together to support the community by greeting patients, uplifting schools, and lending their service to the military.
Current players such as Anthony Rizzo, and Edwin Jackson, Coaches Rick Renteria, and Brandon Hyde, alumni Dave Otto and Steve Trout, broadcasters Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies and Judd Sirott visited Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, and Blaine Elementary schools. The team lent their painting skills to the Casals School of Excellence located in Humbolt Park. The Chicago Cubs and Casals students worked together to bring a facelift to their this AUSL turnaround school, as the day represented the dimensions of teamwork and community.
Patients were visited by their favorite Cubs players and coaches at Advocate Children's Hospital in both Park Ridge and Oak Lawn, and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, and Rick Renteria were amongst the few, as the Children were able to escape from the routine of their day with a special visit from some of their heroes.
The military personnel of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine base were able to enjoy a lunch with some of the pros, as Anthony Rizzo, Edwin Jackson, Brandon Hyde, Dave Otto, Steve Trout, Randy Bush, Laura Ricketts, Rick Renteria, Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, Judd Sirott and some front office associates volunteered to serve lunch to those that serve us every day.