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Braves Player Programs

15 Hudson, Tim

In recognition of his outstanding community efforts, Tim was honored as the Atlanta Braves recipient of the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award, marking the fourth consecutive year the Braves have nominated him for the award and the eighth time overall that he has received the honor. Tim was one of 30 players nominated for the national award presented annually by Major League Baseball in recognition of the player that best exemplifies the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their team.

Since joining the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2005 season, Tim Hudson has become a staple in the team's starting pitching rotation and in the community, utilizing his celebrity to positively impact the lives of youth and support numerous charitable organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia & Alabama, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Camp Erin Atlanta.

Tim's most recent community endeavor, the Hudson Family Foundation, was launched in 2009 by Tim and his wife Kim and seeks to make a positive and long lasting impact in the lives of children who have a genuine need for assistance with regard to a specific physical, emotional or financial circumstance.

During his tenure with the Oakland Athletics from 1999-2004, the Hudsons developed a strong relationship with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. When Tim joined the Atlanta Braves, the Hudsons continued their partnership with the organization and became ambassadors for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Georgia and Alabama. Throughout the season, the Hudsons help fulfill the wishes of numerous youth by hosting 8-10 critically-ill children on Make-A-Wish® visits to Turner Field during the season.

In addition to making personal donations to support the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, the Hudsons have also been very active in helping the organization raise money for granting wishes. Kim presently serves as a board member for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Georgia & Alabama, and each year the Hudsons serve as honorary co-chairs for the annual Celebration of Wishes black-tie gala, taking an active role in every phase of planning for the event. In 2008, $300,000 was raised at the gala for granting wishes. With Tim's support, in the spring of 2009 Kim served as the chair of the annual Make a Wish Walk for Wishes, helping raise $140,000.

Each holiday season, the Hudsons invite 75 children from the Make-A-Wish® Foundation to participate in a shopping spree and holiday party at Toys R Us in Atlanta. Each Make-A-Wish® child and their siblings receive a $50 Toys R Us gift card courtesy of the Hudson family. The children enjoy snacks, face painters, and story time during a festive holiday party and shop for their favorite toys with Tim, Kim, and Geoffrey the Giraffe.

The Hudsons also support the organization's holiday fundraising campaign, the Stories of Light Wish-A-Thon. Tim conducts on-air interviews to encourage people to participate in the Wish-A-Thon, and the Hudsons donate packages such as a dinner for four hosted by the couple at Capital Grille in Buckhead in support of an online holiday auction held to benefit the organization.

Tim also works tirelessly to support Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Each spring training, Tim hosts the Tim Hudson Birdies & Baseball Celebrity Amateur golf tournament to raise funds for the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta AFLAC Cancer Center; more than $80,000 was raised during the 2009 event. On August 23-24, Tim will join forces with Braves teammate Brian McCann to host the Hudson/McCann Celebrity-AM to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The Hudsons have also teamed with the Moyer Foundation and its "Campaign for Kids", an initiative aimed at expanding the reach of the Foundation's Camp Erin, a bereavement camp designed for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, friend or loved one. The campaign seeks to bring Camp Erin to every MLB city, and the Hudsons have had an instrumental role in helping to raise awareness about the program and spearheading the effort to establish Camp Erin Atlanta. Thanks largely in part to the Hudsons' efforts, the first Camp Erin Atlanta was held in April 2009.

Tim participates in various Braves community programs and fundraisers such as Shop with the Braves, Jerseys Off Our Backs and the Christmas in July hospital visits to youth. Each year, Tim purchases season tickets for the Braves' "Reach Out, Be Our Guest" program for underprivileged youth and has purchased 10 season tickets to be distributed throughout the 2009 season.

10 Jones, Chipper

Since its inception in 2001, the Chipper Jones Celebrity Golf Invitational has raised more than $1 million to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA, Stetson University, and the Chipper Jones Family Foundation. The fourth annual Chipper Jones Celebrity Golf Invitational at Bears Best Golf Course in Atlanta was held November 5-6, 2006 and raised $250,000.

Touched by the tragically short life of a sick young boy with cystic fibrosis whom he once took on a hunting trip early in his career, Chipper has long been a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Georgia Chapter). He serves as co-chair of their 65 Roses Sports Committee, honorary chair of their "Bridges to a Cure" Campaign, hosts kids with cystic fibrosis at Turner Field, and visits children with cystic fibrosis in local area hospitals. Chipper has also contributed $250,000 of his own money to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in an effort to find a cure.

Annually, the Chipper Jones Family Foundation supports children's charities and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Florida and Georgia Sheriff's Youth Ranches and Homes, and local Little League programs. Over the past four years, the foundation's "Around the Horn" program has donated more than $300,000 to repair and refurbish youth ballparks in his home state of Florida and in Georgia. Additionally, Chipper was one of four Atlanta Braves players to contribute $75,000 to help fund the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy, an eight-acre signature sports complex in the heart of the redeveloped Carver community near Turner Field.

Chipper's "Take 'Em Deep" Program donates $100 for every home run he hits to benefit various charities and organizations in Florida and Georgia. Corporate and individual partners match the foundation's donation. Through this program, organizations such as Special Olympics Georgia, Special Olympics of Florida, The Miracle League, Florida Sheriffs' Youth Ranches, Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes, Operation Caring Through Sharing, and Georgia Avenue Community Ministries have all been the benefactors of more than $25,000 in committed funds.

In 2004, the "Helping for the Holidays" Program was established by Chipper and the Foundation. Each year, $10,000 is donated to buy holiday presents and necessities for needy families. In its inaugural year, 10 families in Florida benefited; in 2006, 10 families in Atlanta were assisted.

The "Hawkeye Scholarship Program" was created in honor of Chipper's father, a 25-year educator of the Florida school system. Since 2002, $6,000 in scholarships have been awarded to high school students from Taylor High School in Chipper's hometown of Pierson, FL who best exemplify the standards and ethics of Larry "Hawkeye" Jones, Sr.

Chipper also actively participates in Atlanta Braves Community Affairs programs, willingly providing funds and his celebrity to help with their success. He returns to meet and sign autographs for fans at the Braves Foundation's FanFest, serves as the team spokesperson for MLB's league-wide Father's Day initiative to fight prostate cancer, and provides 25 season tickets and t-shirts ("The Chipper Gang") for the Braves' "Reach Out, Be Our Guest" program for underprivileged kids.