Save The Bay teams up with DHL and the San Francisco Giants to raise awareness about Bay pollution

June 1, 2008

This summer Save The Bay is teaming up with the San Francisco Giants and DHL to raise awareness about pollution threats to San Francisco Bay as part of the DHL’s Splash for Cash program. During select games Save The Bay volunteers will paddle in McCovey Cove in DHL-branded yellow kayaks to wait for the famous “splash hits.” DHL will donate $1,000 to Save The Bay for every “splash hit” that sails into the cove, up to $10,000 for the season. Save The Bay will use the donation to support its work to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.

As part of this opportunity, Save The Bay is educating baseball fans and Bay Area residents about one of today’s greatest threats to the Bay. Trash and plastic bags that are dropped in streets and parking lots end up in the Bay, killing wildlife like seals, pelicans, and leopard sharks. At each game – through announcements and scoreboard messages – Save The Bay will remind Giants fans to “stash their trash” and “switch to reusable bags,” noting the harmful effects to Giants’ mascot, Lou Seal, and his friends in the Bay.

“We are proud to partner for the second year with DHL and the Giants in the “Splash for Cash” program, which provides Save The Bay a great opportunity to educate baseball fans and Bay Area residents about Bay pollution, and its threats to Bay wildlife. Plus, community volunteers get the chance to kayak on the Bay and be part of the exciting baseball season,” says David Lewis, Executive Director of Save The Bay.

“Last year’s Splash for Cash Program was successful in raising awareness about pollution, while creatively showcasing DHL’s continued commitment to the local community” said Karen Jones, Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications for DHL Express. “We look forward to teaming up with Save the Bay and the San Francisco Giants once again on advancing the goals of this worthwhile cause.”

Trash Poses Great Risk to Bay Wildlife
Trash – including plastic bags – is currently one of the most severe, yet unregulated pollutants in San Francisco Bay. Any trash that isn’t “stashed” will most likely blow into a storm drain or creek, where it will flow into the Bay. In fact, 15,000 plastic bags were pulled from the Bay on one day in September 2007, indicating a serious threat to wildlife. This amount can increase after large scale events where thousands of people fail to properly dispose of their waste. Trash and plastic bags harm Bay fish and wildlife through entanglement and ingestion. Save The Bay hopes to reduce the amount of trash flowing to the Bay through cleanups, advocacy, and outreach and education efforts like the current partnership with DHL and the Giants.

Save The Bay Volunteers in McCovey Cove
Save The Bay volunteers will be participating in DHL’s Splash for Cash program on the following dates:

• Wednesday, June 4 – 12:45P v. New York Mets
• Wednesday, June 18 – 12:45P v. Detroit Tigers
• Friday, July 4 – 1:05P v. LA Dodgers
• Saturday, July 19 – 1:05P v. Milwaukee Brewers
• Saturday, July 26 – 6:05P v. Arizona Diamondbacks
• Sunday, August 10 – 1:05P v. LA Dodgers
• Thursday, August 21 – 12:45P v. Florida Marlins
• Saturday, August 23 – 12:55P v. San Diego Padres
• Sunday, September 7 – 1:05P v. Pittsburgh Pirates
• Wednesday, September 10 – 12:45P v. Arizona Diamondbacks

About Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the oldest and largest organization working exclusively to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As the Bay’s leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay is committed to making the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. Save The Bay wages and wins effective advocacy campaigns to increase public access to the Bay, establish 100,000 acres of healthy wetlands around the Bay, and protect the Bay from today’s greatest threats: pollution and urban sprawl. Save The Bay educates nearly 10,000 students and adults on the Bay each year and engages volunteers to improve vital wetlands and subtidal habitats.

About DHL
DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.

DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees, including more than 40,000 employees in the U.S., are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations.

Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros (more than $93 billion) in 2007.

About the San Francisco Giants and AT&T Park
The San Francisco Giants is one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Boasting a 125-year history, the team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958 playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park before moving into their current home at AT&T Park in 2000.

Since opening its gates in 2000, AT&T Park has become internationally renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment. On the diamond, more than 25.4 million spectators have witnessed a trio of playoff appearances, the 2002 World Series and a bevy of magical moments. Barry Bonds established his own historical stage on the shores of McCovey Cove, from his record-setting 71st home run in 2001 to career clouts number 500, 600, 660, 700 and 715, to his most recent record of earning the title of MLB’s home-run king on August 7, 2007. Likewise, the euphoria that surrounded the Giants’ pennant clinching win in 2002 is forever etched upon the San Francisco sports landscape. AT&T Park has also played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Green Day. AT&T Park was the center of the baseball universe in 2007 when it hosted the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In 2008, the Giants and AT&T Park will celebrate the Giants 50th year in San Francisco.

Off the field, the Giants boast one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports becoming the first team to implement a 100 percent participation program, involving every player, coach and uniformed staff member in at least one community project throughout the season. Through its community outreach programs, the Giants work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community.

 

Participating organizations:
Save The Bay – www.saveSFbay.org
DHL – www.dhl.com
San Francisco Giants – www.sfgiants.com