The Rams and St Louis United Way team up to put you on the field

St Louis United WayEvery now and again I get to post a legitimately “nice” item. You know, something other than injury carts and two-fisted practices and the new hope of the franchise having to spatula himself off the turf. So when Carrie at the United Way of Greater St Louis emailed me with this item, I was all too happy to pass it on.

Give. Bid. Win.

Football, baseball, hockey and golf have teamed up together, giving Rams fans and Saint Louis sports fans in general a chance to bid on some pretty cool items. United Way is hosting a sports-themed Warm-up Online Auction at, starting Friday August 20th, and running until August 31st. Bid on memorabilia, tickets, autographs and more. This auction is a warm-up to United Way’s big online auction, which runs from August 30 to September 9. Check out the site now to see sports items that are currently in the line-up, and preview more that are waiting on the sidelines. Some of the preliminary auction items are:

  • Rams on-field experience for St. Louis Rams plus club seats: Winners get an on-field visit to the Rams playing on the field prior to the Rams v. Seattle home game on October 3. Afterward, the guests will watch the game sitting in four club seats.
  • Ride the Olympia (Zamboni) at a Blues Game: Come on. You know you’ve always wanted to ride the Zamboni as you’ve watched it glide seamlessly across the ice. Now’s your chance. Between the first and second periods of a Blues game, you’ll have the chance to hop on and ride the Blues Olympia as it resurfaces the ice.
  • Cardinals Tickets: Get the opportunity to sit behind home-plate and watch the Cards take on the Padres this season. There’s also other great seats available for other upcoming Cards games.
  • Albert Pujols Street Banner: For the baseball fan who must have it all, this is an Albert Pujols street pole banner that hung outside Busch Stadium during his 2009 League MVP season.

In the full auction, Rams fans will be able to bid to win items like a VIP away-game package, club seats, even tickets to the granddaddy of them all, Super Bowl XLV. Proceeds will go to United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Where does your money go?

Even for a nice guy like me, this is the first question on my mind. Everybody’s feeling the pinch right now, and the hardest thing to do is let go of some money without knowing where it’s going. The good news is that, as illustrated in this neat little infographic video, it all stays here in the Saint Louis community — the city, the county, the outlying counties, even across the river.

Moreover, their definition of who’s needy is apparently expanding at the same rate as our economy isn’t — they say that one in three people in the Saint Louis area gets help.

About United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way funds nearly 200 health and human service agencies located throughout a 16-county area in Missouri and Illinois. One in three people in our community receive services that strengthen families, help the elderly, keep children healthy and safe, and build stronger neighborhoods. For more information, contact 314-421-0700 or visit