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Marlins unveil 2012 Caravan schedule

Marlins unveil 2012 Caravan schedule

Marlins unveil 2012 Caravan schedule
MIAMI -- For months, the Marlins have been getting plenty of attention, with their move to Miami and a number of high-profile acquisitions.

The new-look Marlins will be heading to Spring Training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 22, but before taking the field, the team will be branching out into the community.

Next week, the Marlins Caravan for the Community will get rolling, featuring stops throughout South Florida.

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The annual caravan is a popular event that sends players, coaches and team representatives to interact with the public. A number of events will be private, but several are either open to the general public or offer fans the opportunity to purchase tickets to venues where the Marlins will be present.

The caravan will be presented in cooperation with Marlins Ayudan. The volunteer program features front-office and team employees who will take part in a variety of events, including a school beautification project with City Year, a fishing tournament with local veterans from the Red Cross at Shake-A-Leg in Miami, and a visit to Miami Children's Hospital.

In addition, Marlins players will host a field day for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

A highlight of the week will be the Jiffy Lube and Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club. This popular fund-raiser features current and former players, as well as coaches and front-office officials.

The events that are either open to the public or available through ticket purchases include:

Feb. 15: Sports Talk 790 The Ticket Listener and Client Party at Chophouse Miami, 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost of $20 per person includes two drink tickets, hors d'oeuvres and an autograph session. For more information, visit 790theticket.com.

Feb. 16: Jiffy Lube and Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, 6401 Kendale Lakes Dr., Miami. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Foursomes and sponsorships are available. For more information, visit www.marlins.com/golf.

Feb. 17: Duffy's Sports Grill, 811 S. University Dr., Plantation, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This stop is open to the public.

Florida Panthers vs. Washington Capitals at BankAtlantic Center. Start time is 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: Humane Society of Greater Miami Walk for the Animals at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is a ticketed event. For registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.humanesocietymiami.org.

Coconut Grove Arts Festival, 3390 Mary St., Miami, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Players will be there from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For details about this ticketed event, visit www.cgaf.com.

Feb. 19: Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This ticketed event will feature players from noon to 2 p.m. For tickets, visit www.miamiboatshow.com.

Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena.

Duffy's Sports Grill, 11588 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The visit is open to the public.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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