Marlins Foundation announces charitable donations

Miracle League gets most of money

Published On: Apr 14 2012 08:23:19 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 15 2012 07:16:15 AM EDT
MIAMI -

The Marlins Foundation is donating a total of $155,000 to three non-profit organizations in South Florida.

The foundation announced $100,000 will be given to the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County. This donation will help build South Florida's first Miracle field, a safe place where children can play and learn about baseball.

The Marlins Foundation has designated $4,200 for the Jackie Robinson Foundation and $50,000 for Shake-A-Leg Miami.

The sizable donations come as the Marlins organization tries to repair its ties to the local community. Team manager Ozzie Guillen caused widespread outrage when he told Time Magazine that he respects Fidel Castro. Even though Guillen apologized and was suspended for five games, many Cuban Americans wanted him to be fired.

“As Marlins Park rose from the ground, so too, has the Marlins commitment to our community,” said Alfredo Mesa, Executive Director of Marlins Foundation.

That $100,000 donation will be presented Saturday ahead of the Marlins game against the Astros.