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1000 Words: From the Cubs Convention and Caravan

The Sheraton Hotel & Towers hosted thousands of Cubs fans this weekend for the 29th annual Cubs Convention. Players were introduced, autographs were signed, panels were held and fun was had by all in attendance. Along with the Cubs Convention, players, coaches and other members of the organization participated in the Cubs Caravan earlier in the week, where they visited hospitals, schools and the USO of Illinois. Below is a gallery of some of the best images from the exciting week and weekend.

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Cubs announce 100 Gifts of Service Caravan Tour

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs announced the schedule for their 100 Gifts of Service 2014 Caravan Tour Friday. The annual event features players, coaches and front office personnel traveling through the Chicagoland area to give back to the community.

The 2014 Caravan, themed 100 Gifts of Service, will kick off a yearlong program wherein Cubs staff and players will engage in community service projects to help celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday. This year, members of the Cubs organization will visit three schools, three hospitals and a military base.

Here is the schedule for the two tours of the Cubs Caravan:

Tour One

Jan. 16

Team 1
10 a.m. – Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy – 250 E. 111th St., Chicago
11:30 a.m. – 2nd Battalion 24th Marines – 3034 W. Foster Ave., Chicago
2 p.m. – Casals School of Excellence – 3501 W. Potomac Ave., Humbolt Park

Team 2
10:30 a.m. – Blaine Elementary – 1420 W. Grace St., Chicago
11:30 a.m. – 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines – 3034 W. Foster Ave., Chicago
2 p.m. – Casals School of Excellence – 3501 W. Potomac Ave., Humbolt Park

Tour Two

Jan. 17

Team 1
11 a.m. – Advocate Children’s Hospital – 4420 S. Sacramento Ave., Oak Lawn

Team 2
11:15 a.m. – Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital – 225 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago

Team 3
11:30 a.m. – Advocate Children’s Hospital – 1175 Dempster St., Park Ridge

1000 Words: Sveum drafts a new player

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Cubs manager Dale Sveum and the Cubs Caravan at the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine base, where Cubs players, coaches and front office staff served lunch to active duty military and veterans in partnership with the USO.

Now Playing: Cubs Caravan On the Move

On Jan. 16 and 17, the Chicago Cubs On the Move 2013 Caravan Tour delivered Cubs baseball to deserving individuals and organizations throughout the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. The annual tour featured two busloads of players, coaches and front office personnel visiting more than 15 locations.

The Cubs Caravan highlights the importance of reading, education and fitness to students at schools and libraries; drops in on patients in hospitals to brighten their days; and visits military personnel to show appreciation to those serving our country. This year’s theme, Cubs on the Move, reflects the Cubs’ and Chicago Cubs Charities’ focus on health, fitness and education for at risk individuals.

The 2013 tour visited six schools, four hospitals and the Chicago Public Library (Merlo branch). New stops included the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine base, where Cubs players, coaches and front office staff served lunch to active duty military and veterans in partnership with the USO.

1000 Words: Cubs Caravan Day 2

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

Students at Lakeview High School in Chicago gather to see the Cubs in person. For two days, the Chicago Cubs On the Move 2013 Caravan Tour has been delivering Cubs baseball to deserving individuals and organizations throughout the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. The annual tour features two busloads of players, coaches and front office personnel visiting more than 15 locations.

1000 Words: Cubs on the Move

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

On Wednesday, two buses filled with Cubs players and personnel visited local schools, hospitals, a fire house and a military base as part of the 2013 Cubs Caravan. During one of the stops, Steve Clevenger, Tony Campana and Mike Borzello (from left) read books to children at the Merlo branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The tour continues tomorrow with stops at several schools and hospitals around the area.

Cubs Caravan is on the move

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs have announced the Cubs On The Move 2013 Caravan Tour, which includes the winners of the 2013 Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest. The annual tour will feature two buses of players, coaches and front office personnel.

This year’s Caravan theme, Cubs On The Move, reflects the Cubs’ and Chicago Cubs Charities’ focus on health and fitness.

The tour will visit six schools, four hospitals and the Chicago Public Library on 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 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. Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) was selected as a contest winner for proudly displaying team memorabilia throughout the school. DeWitt Clinton Elementary School (Chicago) was selected for integrating Cubs baseball into their teaching curriculum and for their commitment to fitness initiatives.

Attendees (subject to change) include: 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.

CUBS ON THE MOVE 2013 CARAVAN ITINERARIES
TOUR ONE
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
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

Bring the Chicago Cubs to your school

For the third straight year, Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana schools can enter an essay contest for a chance to bring the annual Chicago Cubs Caravan to their community. The Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest will reward one enthusiastic school with a visit from Chicago Cubs players, coaches and front office leadership on the morning of Jan. 16, 2013.

The annual Cubs Caravan is a two-day excursion to schools, neighborhoods and communities throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The 2012 caravan visited seven schools, two hospitals, a police station, a library, the USO of Illinois at the Great Lakes Naval Academy and a luncheon benefiting Chicago Cubs Charities.

Teachers or principals are encouraged to team up with their students to submit an essay of 400 words or fewer in support of their school as a Cubs Caravan destination. Consideration will be given to schools that show knowledge and passion for the Chicago Cubs and promote health and fitness throughout the school year. Visit www.cubs.com for official rules and an entry form. The entry period is open now and ends Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 8 p.m. CST. Schools must be located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake or McHenry counties in Illinois, or Lake or Porter counties in Indiana.

The winner of the 2012 Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest was Ernst Prussing Elementary School at 4650 N. Menard Ave. in Chicago. The school was selected because of its inclusion of Chicago Cubs baseball into its curriculum. The faculty integrated the team’s schedule and statistics into classroom assignments, including geography lessons based on the team’s away games, math problems using earned run averages and writing assignments that include drafting player biographies. The school also participated in a walk-a-thon to support Juvenile Diabetes research—a cause beloved by Cubs Hall of Famer Ron Santo.

To enter the 2013 Cubs Caravan Visits My School Contest and to review official rules, visit the contest page on Cubs.com

DJ LeMahieu’s big-league introduction

While DJ LeMahieu wasn’t truly called up to Chicago until Monday, he got his first taste of the big leagues back in January, as a part of the Cubs Caravan and Cubs Convention. Vine Line trailed the 2009 second-round pick through a chilly week and published his first-hand experience this past March. The following are a few tidbits from that Cubs Crossover story.

DJ LeMahieu at Cubs Caravan 2011

“Obviously it’s fun when people recognize you, but being around some of the big-league guys in Arizona and in Chicago, you kind of get a taste of how they live and what they go through. That comes with being a ballplayer, and it’s something I look forward to.”

DJ LeMahieu at Cubs Caravan 2

“We did a Q&A session at a music and arts school. They did a presentation for us and sang some songs. You were once in their shoes as a kid, and now I’m in the Cubs organization playing professional baseball. It was great to see how excited they were when Cubs players come see them.”

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