San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres Manager, Bud Black, with a Celebration of Champions family.

Despite playing at least 162 games a year, the San Diego Padres always find time in their busy schedule to care for kids. Since 1987, players have been making special visits to the Hospital, gifting tickets to patients and their families and investing in important patient programs through the Padres Foundation. Time and again, they show their devotion and prove they are a longstanding pillar of our community that cares for the wellbeing of San Diego’s sick and injured children.

Celebration of Champions

The Celebration of Champions, presented by the La Playa Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, benefits Rady Children’s Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. Since the event’s inception, Padres players, coaches and front office staff have participated in the annual celebration of the heroic efforts of children with cancer, and that of their families and health care professionals. Funds raised at Celebration of Champions provide social, psychological and emotional support and other assistance to the children and their families throughout the course of illness, treatment and recovery. Padres Manager and longtime Celebration of Champions participant, Bud Black and his wife Nan, generously donate game tickets to patients and their families for the evening game on the day of the event.

“Celebration of Champions is one of the most treasured events that the San Diego Padres are a part of. The players and I look forward to this event with compassion and emotion. It is truly one of our favorite days of the year.” 

Bud Black
Manager, San Diego Padres

Padres Create Blood Draw Room for Kids Battling Cancer

In 2010, the Padres provided the funding to create the San Diego Padres Blood Draw Room in the Virterbi Family Outpatient Clinic, located in the Acute Care Pavilion. Colorful floor-to-ceiling artwork inspired by a day at Petco Park surrounds patients during the sometimes scary process of having blood drawn. The special room is used for both inpatients and outpatients.

The Campaign for Rady Children’s

Padres Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman and his wife, Tracy, stepped up to the plate in September 2011 to serve as the honorary chairs of “The Campaign for Rady Children’s.” This ambitious effort set out to raise $220 million to care for the sick and injured children of San Diego. Just 15 months after the campaign kicked off, the Hoffmans proudly announced that the campaign not only exceeded the original goal, but surpassed a second goal to raise an additional $5 million, resulting in a grand total of $229,034,143.