Striking out batters this season has taken on a bigger meaning for Washington Nationals superstar Max Scherzer. The power pitcher is using his spotlight during his season to raise money for Polaris, an organization that works to combat and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking.
Fans can pledge to donate for every strikeout Scherzer records this season by visiting his fundraising site at pledgeit.org/maxscherzer.
Scherzer and his wife, Erica, are supporters of Polaris. Scherzer won the Cy Young Award in 2013 and his wife is an Ambassador for Polaris.
By supporting the campaign, fans can win the following prizes: an autographed baseball and Washington Nationals tickets. Proceeds from the campaign will benefit Polaris and the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which Polaris operates.
“The Strike Out Modern Slavery campaign exemplifies the commitment Erica and Max continue to make to fight on behalf of vulnerable populations across America. Polaris is a global organization combating modern slavery, but we share our home with the Washington Nationals. We are thrilled Nats fans and baseball fans everywhere have an opportunity to get involved with Polaris through Erica and Max,” said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris.
Polaris will use this money to help fund the National Human Trafficking Hotline, a lifeline for victims and survivors that they can call around the clock to be connected to a network of services and resources across the United States. The hotline offers a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help. Since December 2007, Polaris has responded to more than 25,000 cases of human trafficking in the United States and reported over 6,500 leads to law enforcement.
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