As we enter the MLB All-Star break we highlight some of our top campaigns from the first half of the season. Whether it’s been Stealing Bases to Stop Cancer, or Pitching in for Rescue Animals, players across the league have raised nearly a million dollars in charitable donations toward 17 different causes. Here are a few of our top Major League Baseball Stars— on and off the field!
The team here at Pledge It is guided by the company’s founding principle: Empowering athletes to achieve social good. That can come in many forms and functions— from advocating for social justice and equality, to fighting global hunger, to funding medical treatment or equipment, to protesting a war. For as long as athletes have grabbed headlines, they have used their platforms to impact the issues that are most important to them. In turn, the stands taken by these men and women have enabled them to transcend sports, and cross from the record books to the history books. When you see many of the photos below, you will often think not of athletic achievements, but of achievements in social good.
In honor of #GivingTuesday the team at Pledge It put together a top ten list of some of its best campaigns from 2018.
At the beginning of the season New York Yankees' super fans Steve Melia and Marybeth Longona embarked on an epic journey—attending all 167 Yankees games, including the playoffs. But that's just where the story started. By partnering with Pledge It, the couple raised over $28,000, split amongst four non-profit organizations.
For the second year in a row, Pledge It was an official partner of the Michigan Sports Business Conference. The student-led event was held at the University of Michigan and the Ross School of Business on October 18th & 19th. The conference brought together top industry professionals and students looking to gain insight and entry to the ever-growing sports business world. This year, our partnership took on a new dimension with Pledge It presenting MSBC’s first ever charitable campaign— First Downs for First Step—which can be found at pledgeit.org/msbc.
As the MLB season winds down, we pause to recognize some of our top campaigners from the 2018 season. We present the First Annual Pledge It MLB Campaign Awards.
The NFL Network has featured the amazing story of Tom Pettry and the work of high school football teams across the country in Touchdowns Against Cancer, the nation's largest high school football charity program. Each September, communities unite in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month through this initiative created by Pledge It & MaxPreps, a CBS Sports Digital property.
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The Professional Basketball Combine Announces the Rising to the Challenge Fundraising Campaign on Pledge It
In only its second year, of the Professional Basketball Combine (PBC) has decided that it's time to give back and create change in the community. The PBC has partnered with Pledge It to launch the inaugural Professional Basketball Combine: Rising to the Challenge fundraising campaign to benefit PeacePlayers.