MLB players celebrate Striking Out Poverty achievements, opportunities

Brewers Pitcher Jay Jackson takes a swing at TopGolf in Scottsdale during the March Striking Out Poverty event. (Submitted photo)

On March 10, Major League Baseball players including Nick Ahmed, Chase Anderson, Luke Weaver, Matt Bowman, Zach Duke, Lorenzo Cain, Jay Jackson and Brent Suter gathered at TopGolf in Scottsdale for a fun night of family, golf and charity.

Striking Out Poverty, an initiative created by local nonprofit Food for the Hungry in partnership with Adam Wainwright’s Big League Impact, hosted the private event to celebrate the program’s accomplishments in 2018 and to welcome new players signing up to make an impact that reaches far beyond the scoreboard.

Striking Out Poverty was created to raise money and meet the most urgent needs and support community development projects in some of the poorest communities in the world, according to a press release.

“Gathering all of these professional players together at TopGolf was such a great opportunity for us to not only have a fun time with our families on a Sunday evening, but to brainstorm what we can do moving forward to help raise money for people in need all across the world,” Diamondbacks shortstop and Gold Glove winner, Nick Ahmed said in a prepared statement. “The evening was just a great time, with a bunch of great people, raising money for a great cause.”

Last year, Striking Out Poverty raised over $218,000 for some of the most under-served communities in the world. Multiple projects were completely funded in the Dominican Republic including newly built baseball fields, the implementation of water infrastructure and purification systems, an agricultural training program and the completion of a multi-year cocoa farming project that serves five communities in the DR.

Presentations were shown at TopGolf to celebrate and explore opportunities for Striking Out Poverty. (Submitted photo)

In addition to that, Striking Out Poverty provided Syrian refugee families with enough diapers and milk to last a year, the press release stated.

In addition to the celebratory aspect of the event, the players were introduced to new projects available in the upcoming baseball season.

These new opportunities range from providing medical care to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, to providing school classrooms in Rwanda and building baseball fields and implementing additional water filtration systems in the Dominican Republic.

In an effort to also get the fans involved, Striking Out Poverty and Big League Impact will host various public events throughout the year to raise the necessary funds for these under-served communities.

“The goal of hosting an event at Top Golf event was to enjoy quality time together, celebrate what has been accomplished so far through Striking Out Poverty, but also to celebrate what is yet to be achieved,” Milam Byers, director of sports partnerships at Food for the Hungry, said in a prepared statement. “The energy we experienced in the room was unmatched — these players are just so enthusiastic about what they can do to truly make a difference and we are honored to have them on-board.”

In an effort to restore dignity and hope to people around the globe through Striking Out Poverty, participating MLB stars choose specific lifesaving projects to support with their on-field plays.

Fan support is critical through pledge opportunities and event participation. For more information, visit strikingoutpoverty.com.

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