07/20/2010 11:30 AM ET
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates and City of Pittsburgh asking Pittsburghers to vote for McCutchen's Pepsi Refresh Project
Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they have partnered with Pittsburgh
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the City of Pittsburgh and the Student Conservation Association to compete for the
opportunity to receive a $200,000 grant from Pepsi that will move the community forward as part of the
Pepsi Refresh Project.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are competing against 14 other Major League Baseball teams to receive the grant
money, as part of the Pepsi Refresh Program for a project the teams are passionate about.
Fans will have until Tuesday, August 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, to cast their votes for the program at
www.mlb.com/PepsiRefresh or by texting "Pirates" to 76462.
McCutchen and the Pirates have partnered with the City and the Student Conservation Association on the
proposed initiative that will give youths the education, tools and support to cultivate an urban garden in
Homewood. Fruits and vegetables would be grown and then donated to various non-profit organizations
to feed the hungry, including the youths participating in various programs at the Homewood-Brushton
"Your vote for the Urban Garden idea could make a huge difference for the many hungry children and
families in the City of Pittsburgh," said McCutchen. "Let's rally for this Refresh grant. We are asking all of
Pittsburgh to vote early and often to show your support for this idea that will help make a real difference
in our community."
The urban garden idea is an extension of the Green Up Pittsburgh Program. In 2007, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
introduced the program to combat the increasing problem of overgrown vacant and abandoned lots
in City neighborhoods. The program aims to stabilize City-owned vacant lots with the goals of reducing
blight and public safety hazards, inspiring community pride and promoting environmental values.
"Through collaborative partnerships and a focus toward connecting our youths with the greening of our
City, we've created dozens of urban gardens that serve as places of great community pride," Ravenstahl said.
"The City is thrilled to be working with the Pirates on this project. If we generate enough votes to win the
grant, the project will teach our youths the importance of hard work, the environment and giving back to
their community. The amount of community-building and life-lessons we can teach our young people with
a shovel, dirt and fresh produce cannot be calculated."
The Pepsi Refresh Project is a groundbreaking effort to foster innovation in social good that will award more
than $20 million this year to fund great ideas that help impact the world. Throughout 2010, Pepsi will fund
ideas that will move the world forward in six categories: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, the Planet,
Neighborhoods and Education. The Pepsi Refresh Project, which launched January 13, features significant
social engagement around people and the power of ideas. People are encouraged to submit their ideas and
to cast a vote for their favorite ideas at www.refresheverything.com.