Kyle Gibson had an idea. What if we were overly generous and added bonus gifts during our current home-stand? What if everybody who donated $1 per team win this year or $100 got an autographed item from one of us? Then what if anyone who pledged $10 or $1000 received an autographed game used item and two tickets to a game?
That seemed incredibly generous, but, he went a step further. “What if we also let them have the existing awards? A t-shirt at $1 and an additional autographed item at $10?” he asked. “Well that would be uncommonly generous.” we replied. So he did it.
$7,000 is almost enough for one classroom and is enough for 35 children to attend school for a year. That is incredible impact for one night. Great job Twins! And special props to Patrick Elmore for starting his own win campaign and helping us build the school!
Nine Dominican communities. Syrian Refugees. Nine ballplayers. Nine Innings.
With the goal of providing a baseball field, water irrigation and filtration, and a farm to nine communities in the Dominican, while also providing relief for the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Big League Impact players and Food for the Hungry advocates have raised over $107,000. That is already more than the 103k that we raised for our Haiti project last year.
Thus far; Dee Gordon, Luke Weaver, Nick Ahmed, Michael Wacha, Tyler Lyons, Liam Hendriks, Chase Anderson and Mike Mayers have all made pledge commitments, and Adam Wainwright has matched $57,000 of their donations.
Seeing the devastation that still exists in Puerto Rico, the team at Big League Impact, led by Adam and Trey Wainwright, have decided to host a one day Fantasy Tournament this Thanksgiving. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to relief in Puerto Rico and the overall winner will receive a game used bat from the 2017 Silver Slugger, Adam Wainwright, as well as a shoutout on social media from @UncleCharlie50. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.
This Big League Impact season we were laser focused on making immediate impact when a crisis arose in the US or around the globe. Such was the case in San Francisco this year.
Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston, TX from the 25th-29th of August. Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of water on the Houston and Beaumont areas, displacing tens of thousands of people. People were in dire need and on August 30th, at our fantasy football event at AT&T Park, we raised $10,600 and donated it to the JJ Watt Foundation.
Although many contributed, there is one story that sticks out to us. It came from an unexpected place and from a model of giving that we could all learn something from.
One of our 2017 rookies, Jason Wheeler, teaches his children to give back from the allowance they receive. His son, Jake, could not make the live draft due to schoolwork, but, wanted to support his friend Tyler Nelson, who was at one time a Wish-Kid and is now the starting catcher on his High School team. So, Jake, gave $500 from the money he had been saving to benefit BLI San Francisco and Make-A-Wish.
Upon hearing that we were raising money for the hurricane victims, Jake’s little sister broke her piggy bank too. She donated $300 of her own money to help Harvey victims.
What an incredible model the Wheeler family is teaching us all. Now, if all of us adults could do the same as these children, we could end poverty in the World hundreds of time over.
Thank you Wheeler family and thank you Big League Impact San Francisco Community. There are families in SF, the Bay Area, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Houston that will benefit from your giving.
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