Proceeds benefit Big League Impact Foundation
Based on 121 strikeouts, each worth $94.21
In January, I visited the communities of Camarón and Hoyo Oscuro in the Dominican Republic with my teammate Adam Wainwright. We played a game of pickup baseball on a beat-up field with a group of kids — ranging from 10 to 18 years old — and it left me with a sense of urgency. The poor conditions weighed on me: knowing that these communities thrive on the sport of baseball, and that the field is often the center of activity in the more rural areas. In playing together, the kids learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and hope for their futures. To think if there were a real field built with quality equipment: putting up some fences so they aren’t constantly losing the rare baseballs they have or leveling out the field so they aren’t playing in hazardous conditions…
The trip I made in January was with Striking Out Poverty, an initiative of Food for the Hungry and its partnership with Adam’s charity, Big League Impact. Food for the Hungry serves some of the poorest and most vulnerable places in the Dominican Republic, and they work with community leaders and coaches to make baseball a part of the sustainable transformation happening there. I’m dedicating my 2018 season to building baseball fields in the 2 communities that I visited, Camarón and Hoyo Oscuro. I hope you’ll join me in my campaign by pledging a donation for every strikeout that I throw to help me towards my goal.
I’m excited about my opportunity on the field this year, and I’m even more excited about what we can accomplish off it! I’m kicking off the campaign by personally pledging $50 for every strikeout I throw. Adam has agreed to match up to $75,000 that we collectively raise, so anything you give will have triple the impact. Throughout the season, those who pledge towards my campaign will be invited to participate in some really cool events I’ll be hosting and will be entered to win special prizes.
I hope you’ll join me this year!!
When I saw how many kids were going up to the storefront and asking for candy, I thought it’d be cool to buy a bag to share. They loved these lollipops!
Future big leaguer? We’ll bring him a new ballcap next time!
Striking Out Poverty is a campaign by Food for the Hungry and Big League Impact to meet the most urgent needs in some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. Using solutions that are innovative and community-specific to the complex view of poverty, Food for the Hungry contributes to community-owned transformations that empower children, families and, communities to invest in their own development.
For more information visit www.strikingoutpoverty.com.
This campaign benefits
Helping meet basic human needs in an effort to restore dignity and hope to people in the local community and around the globe.
Contributions made to this campaign are tax-deductible.View Website