$240,000 raised for people in need around the world!

For professional athletes, a competitive spirit doesn’t take an off-season! That’s why 50 Major League Baseball players eagerly signed up for Big League Impact’s second annual Players’ Only Fantasy Football League, with all proceeds going to their favorite charities. 

The Players’ Only League was created in 2020, an offshoot of the long-running Fans’ Fantasy Football leagues that launched Big League Impact in 2013. In 2021, $240,000 was raised and will be split among charities hand-selected by participating players.

“With the Big League Impact Players’ Only League, we’re able to continue the annual tradition of fantasy football, but do so in a way that makes a positive impact on thousands of lives,” Big League Impact founder Adam Wainwright says. “This tournament has been a lot of fun, and we’re just getting started. We know that the real winners here are the people these organizations help every day, and we enjoyed competing against each other to benefit those in need.”

So who took home the biggest prizes for their charities? 

Pitcher Andrew Miller won first place and will receive $60,000 for Strike3 Foundation, which increases awareness, mobilizes support and raises funding for childhood cancer research.

“For me, the Strike3 Foundation is important because one of my great friends, Craig Breslow, established and runs it in honor of his sister,” Miller says. “I’ve been fortunate to see him work tirelessly on behalf of the foundation and know they will do great things for childhood cancer research and awareness. I can’t begin to thank Adam and Big League Impact enough for letting me be a part of it all.”

Pitcher Trevor Rosenthal finished second and earned $41,000 for Brace for Impact 46, an organization that aims to positively impact children and families in Haiti and North St. Louis, while pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Ross Stripling finished third and won $34,000 for Kershaw’s Challenge, a Christ-centered organization committed to transforming the lives of children across the globe and empowering others to make a difference.

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