In the Community
At Pro Athlete, Inc. we make a conscious effort to help in the community. Every employee receives an allotment each year to give to any charitable organization(s) they choose. Employees are also given eight hours of their time, paid to donate to the charity of their choice.
In addition to helping out charitable organizations, Pro Athlete strives to help out local, up-and-coming businesses by hosting them at Pro Athlete and bringing attention to their business. We also strive to make the game of baseball better through our philanthropic efforts.
Why I Donated to this Charity: by Pro Athlete, Inc. Employees
-Myasthenia Gravis Association
- Bacchus Foundation
Polar Bear Plunge
On a Saturday morning in late January, a group of Pro Athlete employees gathered at Long View Lake to participate in the annual Polar Bear plunge. Pro Athlete's Team raised over $1,000 for Special Olympics Missouri.
Valentine's Day Card Drive
Employees and their children spent a few of their evening hours making Valentine's Day cards for the American Stroke Foundations 13th Annual Valentine Card Drive. The kids created over 50 cards to send to stroke survivors in the Kansas City area.
Toys for Tots
Pro Athlete employees have the opportunity to use their charity money allotment to go on a shopping spree at Toys "R" Us for Toys for Tots. This shopping event is held every year before the Holidays. Year after year Pro Athlete donates the largest amount of toys of any organization in the Kansas City area.
On May 16th, we welcomed members of the local police departments into our office. It was a small token of our appreciation for all that they do to keep us and our communities safe and secure.
Hero of the Heart Award - YMCA
Pro Athlete, Inc has had a long standing relationship with the YMCA and in particular with the YMCA Challenger Program. This year the YMCA recognized our love and passion for this organizations by honoring us with the Hero of the Heart award. Typically this award goes to an individual volunteer but due to Pro Athlete's continued support we are the first company to receive this award.
We welcomed several local Veterans from local organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Heroes Among Us, and friends/family members of Pro Athlete employees for a lunch compliments of Pro Athlete to show appreciation for their service.
Gloves for Kids with the Kansas City Royals
Gloves for kids is a charity supported by Pro Athlete, Inc. and the Kansas City Royals that helps raise money to provide Kansas City youth baseball players with equipment. For the past four years Pro Athlete, Inc. has been lucky enough to participate in the on field presentation for the kids.
Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House
Pro Athlete Employees went to visit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Kansas City on a Saturday afternoon. They helped do various chores around the houses. It was a great experience to help out this organization that does so much for the families of sick children.
The Community Blood Center of Kansas City came to Pro Athlete and hosted a blood drive. Employees and their families were given the opportunity to donate blood. Over 28 people participated in the blood drive which means we will help save almost 50 lives through our drive.
Helping out Harvesters
Pro Athlete Employees volunteered their time at Harvesters, the local community food network. Employees boxed up meals to distribute to food pantries and shelters.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Pro Athlete Employees participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to support the ALS Association. As a company, we raised $2,385 for the cause.
Cleaning Up Our Community
Pro Athlete Employees spent a Saturday morning walking around our local business park to pick up trash and spruce up our business community.
Farm to Table
Every Thursday during the summer Pro Athlete brings local farmers to Pro Athlete to host a farmer's market. All employees and neighboring companies are invited to attend.
June Jam is an event hosted by JustBats.com. It is an annual youth baseball tournament in Kansas City. Youth teams travel from all over the area to showcase their talents using the bats they get from JustBats.com. Employees volunteer to work the event and pass out giveaways to the participants.
American Heart Association 5K
Many employees use their charity allotment to participate in charity races. A large group of employees got together to run the 2014 American Heart Association 5K.
Crawl for Cancer
Crawl for Cancer is an organization that plans events to support the research of cancer and helps people that are affected by it. The event this fall was held in Westport. Pro Athlete employees put together a team to do the crawl.
YMCA Challenger is a program for children and young adults with special needs. Pro Athlete employees help the program by donating money and time. Employees volunteered on a Saturday to help the program build a handicap accessible playground for children.
Charities that employees donated to in 2016:
- A Purposeful Rescue
- Alzheimer's Association
- American Association for Cancer Research
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association
- American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc.
- American Red Cross
- Antioch Bible Baptist Church
- Bacchus Foundation
- Benedictine College
- Breaking Free Organization
- Camp Maranatha
- Central Methodist University
- Challenger Fashion Show
- Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation
- Cheers for Challenger
- Children's Mercy Hospital
- City Union Mission
- Clay County Clothes Closet
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Damon's Rally Cap
- Dr. Bob Run
- Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
- ES First
- Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation
- Friendship Inn
- Gateway Church
- Gateway To Learning
- Graden Elementary
- Grand River Technical School
- Habitat For Humanity
- Heartland Honor Flight
- Heroes Among Us
- Iowa State University
- Jana's Campaign
- Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children
- Just Giving
- Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation
- Kansas City Zoo
- KC Pet Project
- Kunsan Air Force Base
- Lee's Summit Bible Mission
- Missouri USA Wrestling
- Muasthenia Gravis Association
- NewBeginnings Community Center
- No-Shave November
- North Central Missouri YMCA
- Northland Early Education Center
- Northwest Missouri State University
- Operation BBQ Relief
- Operation Blessing
- Park Hill High School
- PKD Foundation
- Polar Bear Plunge
- Relay For Life
- Royals Charities
- Saint Like's Midwest Ear Institute
- Samaritan's Purse
- Special Olympics
- Spina Bifida Association
- St. Gabriel Church Charities
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
- THCF MJ Bubalo
- The Charge Foundation
- The Dream Factory
- The University of Kansas Hospital
- Toys 4 Tots
- Truman Parent Project
- Union Station
- Vance T. Bailey Memorial Fund
- Veterans & Shelter Dogs Fund
- Weezer's Fastpitch
- Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust
- World Vision
- YMCA Challenger
- Young Life