Baseball star pledges money to veterans
September 03, 2013
Athletes make millions of dollars every year, with contracts for astronomical amounts, while they all rake in money on the side in the form of advertising deals and special appearances, among other things. Each of these individuals differs in terms of how they spend their cash, however, and increasingly, some are choosing to give back.
For example, the Detroit Tigers' All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander recently announced a joint commitment of $1 million with the Detroit Tigers Foundation. The money will support the launch of the Wins for Warriors project, which helps mental health initiatives based in Detroit, Michigan, and Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. Two organizations, The Mission Continues and Give an Hour will partner with Wins for Warriors to get medical professionals involved.
"Justin's support will enable Veterans who have a passion for community service to redeploy on a new mission here at home," explained The Mission Continues Vice President of Programs Meredith Knopp.
Verlander is not the only baseball player to show interest in giving back. Members of the Rutgers University team donated more than $6,000 to New Jersey's Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital. This was part of a fundraising event that garnered more than $13,000 in total.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.