Rockies visit schools to promote random acts of kindness

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DENVER -- Students at 11 metro Denver high schools get awesome messages from a dozen players on the Colorado Rockies, as part of their Foundation for a Better Life and Home Run for Kindness Program.

“We hope our visits and messages will empower young people to perform at least 90 random acts of kindness between now and May 17,” said outfielder Mike Cuddyer.

“For us to be able to give back to young people is a pleasure. If we can be a positive influence against bullying and for kindness, then we have done an awesome thing!”

Justin Morneau was giving his message to students at South … at Bruce Randolph Matt Belisle and Brandon Barnes spoke … while at the Contemporary Learning Academy, Tyler Chatwood and Drew Stubbs stepped up to the plate.

Charlie Blackmon and Franklin Morales spoke at MLK … Rex Brothers finished up the tour Monday at Summit Academy.

The program is thought to be the first for MLB which may be trying to improve its image which is sometimes clouded with steroids and on-field brawls.

No matter, the hope is random acts of kindness will improve the mood in schools and in neighborhoods where kids live.

Geoff Wilson says he plans to open doors and smile more, while Katie Morgan wants to be nicer in the lunchroom and Essence Reece says bringing a sweet treat to a neighbor will get her started.

Teachers won’t be left out. Erin Thompson says she plans to give out ‘Smarties’ candies to kids who might now think they are smart themselves.

All-in-all kids who take part are invited to the home game on the 17th of May, where they will get a chance to be on the field with the Rox during the pregame activities.

Each school got 150 tickets to hand out for those taking part in the random act project.

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