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Atlanta Braves Foundation awards grant for anti-bullying campaign

Atlanta Braves stadium Turner Field

The Atlanta Braves Foundation announced today $150,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. The Braves Foundation, the charitable arm of the Major League Baseball team, will present the grants to representatives from each of the organizations at tonight's game, the penultimate of the 2011 season, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Among the recipients is the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region, which will use the funds in an ongoing anti-bullying campaign called “No Place for Hate,” according to a representative of the Braves.

The "No Place for Hate" campaign connects the Anti-Defamation League with local schools and provides tools and training necessary to combat youth bullying.

Several Braves players are also featured in an anti-bullying video currently being shown at Turner Field on game days.

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Atlanta Braves debut anti-bullying video during ‘Out in the Stands’

Out in the Stands with the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Equality

The Atlanta Braves won in a dominant fashion on Tuesday night, and for the approximately 200 supporters of LGBT equality who bought special tickets benefiting the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization, Georgia Equality, last night was a chance to watch their hometown team beat up on a division rival in the company of other like-minded baseball fans.

For many of the gay and lesbian fans in attendance, the highlight of the night was not Brian McCann's homerun in the sixth inning that secured a win for the Braves, but instead a short public service announcement focusing on raising awareness for anti-bullying efforts in schools.

The video was displayed on the massive outfield Jumbotron during the pre-game warmups and featured several of the team's big names, including game-winner McCann, speaking about combating youth bullying.

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[Video] Streaker in wedding dress gay marries Braves security

Atlanta Braves streaker

Saturday night, the Atlanta Braves were in the midst of a heated divisional game against the Washington Nationals when a man wearing a white wedding dress, a baseball glove and a Braves hat stormed the field. He was quickly, and violently, tackled by several security personnel and escorted off the field.

The man — who has not been identified publicly — was all smiles as he was escorted off the field by an Atlanta police officer.

Professional sporting leagues understandably discourage dissemination of such antics. Though it's not uncommon for ballpark attendees to run onto the field, television viewers rarely see them. The cameras generally pan away, instead focusing on crowd reactions and the players on the field rather than the intruders.

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Chicago Cubs join ‘It Gets Better’ effort for LGBT youth

Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade

The Chicago Cubs became the latest Major League Baseball team to launch a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign. The video, released today, features the team's manager Mike Quade, first base coach Bob Drenier, pitcher Ryan Dempster, outfielder Marlon Byrd and others.

The Cubs join the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants in releasing a video for the national anti-bullying campaign, which began in the wake of several suicides of gay young people. The Seattle Mariners have also confirmed it will release its own video.

See the video below: