The Amazin’ Mets Foundation is committed to supporting programs both with the Mets and within the community that have a lasting impact on the educational trajectory of New Yorkers. From workforce development to college scholarships, funding from the Foundation ensures new doors are open for all our community.
Since June 2021…
More than $1,600,000 in funds have been disbursed to organizations that support youth and education initiatives.
Mets Community Programs
Ya Gotta Read!
The Mets launched “Ya Gotta Read!” in 2017 to foster a love of reading in students. The more children read, the more they succeed in school. It’s also linked to expanded knowledge and vocabulary, improved attention span and memory and increased curiosity and imagination.
Thanks to a partnership with the Amazin’ Mets Foundation and Delta Air Lines, the program has expanded to impact a total of approx. 50,000 students at 34 elementary schools in Queens and Brooklyn.
For the 2024 edition of Ya Gotta Read!, the Mets and Delta are challenging students to read for 20 minutes every school night for six weeks, coinciding with Mets Spring Training. The more minutes students read, the more Mets prizes they earn.
Students who read for 60 minutes hit a single, and win a Mets eraser set. Reading for 180 minutes is a double and gets students a color-in notebook. Reading for 300 minutes counts as a triple and earns students a jersey drawstring backpack. Finally, reading for 600 minutes means students hit a home run and win a pair of Mets tickets.
In addition, the student at each school who reads the most will win four Field Level tickets to a Mets game, be honored on the Jumbotron at Citi Field and receive a $100 Citi Field Gift Card!
The class at each school that reads the most will win special Mets bucket hats!
In 2024, the Mets and Delta are proud to work with 20,000 students at 31 elementary schools.
For more information, or if you would like to learn how your school can participate in 2025, please email [email protected] or call 718-565-4321.
The Amazin’ Mets Foundation and Learn Fresh have teamed up to present Math Hits, a program designed to build on students’ love of baseball and broaden their math and STEM-related skills.
Students from New York City public schools and afterschool programs take part in a variety of activities that teach children preparation tips for success in school and in their future careers, as well as an interactive Math Hits tournament which incorporates math principles and baseball.
Math Hits encourages and rewards sportsmanship – promoting fairness, respecting opponents, and staying positive win or lose – resulting in a comprehensive experience for all.
The Science Series program was created to enhance the Mets STEM platform and provide a science curriculum to schools that is related to the everyday operations of Citi Field.
The Amazin’ Mets Foundation partnered with Learn Fresh, an education nonprofit who worked directly with Mets Ballpark Operations staff to create the curriculum for the Science Series.
Lessons include meteorology/weather patterns, photosynthesis/plant growth, water safety/conservation, recycling, composting, electricity/energy use and television connectivity.
The Amazin’ Mets Foundation Scholarship Fund
The Amazin’ Mets Foundation Scholarship Fund aims to support students at LaGuardia Community College and Queensborough Community College.
To date, 70% of students at LaGuardia Community College live at or below the poverty line, and 60% of Queensborough Community College students live at or below the poverty line. The Amazin’ Mets Foundation Scholarship Fund seeks to help students gain access to a life changing education.
The Amazin’ Mets Foundation Scholarship Fund was made possible thanks to the support of New York Mets fans through an online fundraising campaign and a generous donation from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.
The Amazin’ Scholars program provides scholarships to junior and senior high school students in Queens, NY who are currently enrolled in college level courses. Through this program, low-income students receive college credit for the courses they are taking through Long Island University and St. John’s University.
New York Cares
Since 2021, The Amazin’ Mets Foundation has partnered with New York Cares to fund and distribute 10,000 backpacks annually to low-income students throughout NYC. To date, the Foundation has provided New York Cares with $275,000 in funds to support our back-to-school initiative.
New York Hall of Science
In 2021, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation supported New York Hall of Science with two grants totaling $150,000. One grant supported the Recovery Fund, an initiative to restore NYSCI after severe flood damage as a result of Hurricane Ida. The second grant supported the Science Career Ladder and Maker Space programs, these programs are designed to empower people of all ages as STEM learners.
Building Skills NY
In 2022, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation provided a grant of $65,000 to Building Skills to support their Construction Career Accelerator Program. The program provides skills training and job placement services to low to moderate income individuals in the construction industry.