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cubs caravanThe Cubs Caravan is an annual two-day event in which Chicago Cubs players, coaches, and executives head out to visit folks in the community (usually schools). It usually occurs in the lead up to the Cubs Convention, and is a cool way for kids to experience the Cubs up close and personal.

This year’s iteration will focus on fitness, and will engage participants in physical activities and health-related exercises. Expected to be in attendance: David Bell, Joe Bohringer, Mike Borzello, Michael Bowden, Randy Bush, Shawn Camp, Tony Campana, Steve Clevenger, Rob Deer, David DeJesus, Jim Deshaies, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Len Kasper, Andy Lane, Dave McKay, Jason McLeod, Keith Moreland, Jamie Quirk, Shiraz Rehman, Anthony Rizzo, James Rowson, James Russell, Dave Sappelt, Lester Strode and Dale Sveum.

More details, including the schedule, from the press release:

The tour will visit six schools, four hospitals and the Chicago Public Library January 16 and 17. New stops this year include the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine base where Cubs players, coaches and front office staff will serve lunch to active duty military and veterans in partnership with the USO. The Caravan will also stop at the new Cubs Single-A affiliate Kane County Cougars’ ballpark and at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Two lucky schools were selected as winners of the Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest this year. Montini Catholic High School and DeWitt Clinton Elementary School will be part of this year’s Caravan. Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) was selected as a contest winner because of their passion and enthusiasm for the Chicago Cubs in proudly displaying team memorabilia throughout the school. DeWitt Clinton Elementary School was selected for integrating Cubs baseball into their teaching curriculum and their commitment to fitness initiatives; a key component of the Chicago Cubs Charities mission.

CUBS ON THE MOVE 2013 CARAVAN ITINERARIES

TOUR ONE

DATE SITE
January 16 9 a.m. – Montini Catholic High School – Lombard, IL
11 a.m. – 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, 3034 W. Foster Ave. – Chicago (Cubs Caravan Luncheon)
12:15 p.m. – Advocate Christ Medical Center – Oak Lawn, IL (Two players)
1 p.m. – DeWitt Clinton Elementary School – Chicago
2:15 p.m. – Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago
January 17 10 a.m. – Fox Chase Elementary School – Oswego, IL
11:15 a.m. – Kane County Cougars – Geneva, IL
2 p.m. – Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, IL
4 p.m. – Urban Initiatives at Jahn World Language Elementary School – Chicago

 

 

 

 

TOUR TWO

DATE SITE
January 16 9:15 a.m. – Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago – Chicago
  11 a.m. – 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, 3034 W. Foster Ave. – Chicago (Cubs Caravan Luncheon)
  2 p.m. – Battalion 9 Fire House – Chicago
  3:45 p.m. – Chicago Public Library: Merlo Branch – Chicago
   
January 17 9:30 a.m. – Lake View High School – Chicago
  11 a.m. – D’Agostino’s Pizza with Blaine Elementary School – Chicago
  3 p.m. – John Spry Elementary School – Chicago
  3:30 p.m. – Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago/Ronald McDonald House – Chicago
  • TWC

    What? No Northern California caravan stops? Bastards.

    • King Jeff

      I am highly disappointed that the caravan won’t make it’s way to South Florida either.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        It’s January. Why would they want to leave sunny Chicago?

        • King Jeff

          Hmmm, it’ 85 and sunny here?

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            That’d be the joke.

          • DarthHater

            Too humid. :-P

    • http://www.justinjabs.com/blog/ justinjabs

      Milwaukee??

      I’ll miss the Convention this year (was looking forward to my first time, but things came up) … but mark my words, I’ll be there next year. See y’all there.

  • Chad

    There is no mention in the press release about the stop in Peoria, IL on Jan 16th. Tickets have been on sale for that stop since mid-December. Do you have any information
    on that?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’m sorry to say I don’t – I only have the press release. Was that part of the official Cubs Caravan, or was that maybe a separate event taking place at the same time?

    • Jimmy James

      i was wondering about a peoria stop since they moved the affiliate

  • itzscott

    Not complaining, but just wondering why the Cubs would decide to go to schools that already embrace Cub principles as opposed to schools where it would be more beneficial to try to inspire those same principles?

    • TWC

      What on earth are “Cub principles”?

      • DarthHater

        1. Crush your enemies.
        2. See them driven before you.
        3. Hear the lamentation of their women.

        Oops. Sorry, those are Conan principles.

        • Featherstone

          Hahahaha, I must admit I laughed pretty hard at that one.

          But anyways why cant it be both?

          • DarthHater

            It will be both. But not until 2016. ;-)

      • itzscott

        Read the article.
        Understand the article.
        Comprehend the article.
        Digest the article.

        …. and THEN attempt to comment intelligently.

        The article indicates the PRINCIPLES the Cubs used to choose the schools to go to:

        “Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) was selected as a contest winner because of their passion and enthusiasm for the Chicago Cubs in proudly displaying team memorabilia throughout the school. DeWitt Clinton Elementary School was selected for integrating Cubs baseball into their teaching curriculum and their commitment to fitness initiatives; a key component of the Chicago Cubs Charities mission.”

        • TWC

          Ooh. Burn. Or not.

          See, because I understand the word “principle”, and I noted that it wasn’t used in the article (or the original press release), I was curious about what you could be referring to. I’m pretty sure that “Cub principles” don’t involve *winning contests* due to “displaying team memorabilia” or “integrating Cubs baseball into their teaching curriculum”.

          But, yeah, Scotty, feel free to grandstand all you want. No one’s really listening.

  • Spriggs

    I really miss the Cubs Caravans! Still have photos of some I attended in the 1960′s when I lived up there.

  • MightyBear

    A little disappointing they didn’t go down state. Lot of support down there.

  • AD

    According to Ken Rosenthal, Justin Upton just blocked a trade to the Mariners.

    • North Side Irish

      Jason A. Churchill (@ProspectInsider) tweeted at 6:50 PM on Thu, Jan 10, 2013:
      From what I’m told, the M’s made a substantial offer to AZ, which they apparently accepted. A deal I would not have made from M’s standpoint

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I really hope we get to find out what the deal was.

  • UAFoo

    Why wouldn’t you? Better chance of winning in Chicago then Seattle.

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