Cameron Maybin‘s 10-year career has taken him through Detroit, Florida, San Diego, Atlanta, Detroit again and now Anaheim, but the speedy outfielder has not lost track of his roots.
Maybin, who recently turned 30, hails from Asheville, N.C., and he spent the 2016 holiday season in his hometown, and instead of just visiting with family and friends, he and his wife, Courtney, had a bigger idea in mind—the creation and launch of The Maybin Mission.
The Maybin Mission is still in its early stages, but the message is clear. According to the official website, Maybin’s foundation “focuses on enriching the lives of inner city youth.” The site also states that “through positive play, education and cultural programming, the Maybin’s are dedicated to impacting the communities in which they live and serve.”
Maybin and his foundation partnered with the local Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Buncombe County, N.C. and its Angel Tree program to help families in need during the holiday season. The Boys & Girls Club is an organization that Maybin holds dear to him; it was his after school hangout as a kid.
The “Maybin Mission Holiday Project” was a month-long effort that sponsored more than 30 children from Boys & Girls Clubs in the area through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-An-Angel program.
“It started with a Facebook post from my wife asking people from my community to write in and tell their stories,” Maybin said. “We got heartfelt letters about families from our city that could use some help.”
Maybin added that after reading through so many letters, Courtney and he picked eight families, and went shopping for them.
In January, Maybin also hosted the inaugural Maybin Mission Youth Camp, which is a free baseball program the Angels outfielder conducts with the support of the University of North Carolina Asheville.
The program, which was attended by 175 kids ages 8-13, featured five interactive stations that taught various baseball skills. You can learn more about the camp, here.
In April, Maybin and his foundation held an essay contest in honor of Jackie Robinson. According to Maybin, the contest’s purpose was to “continue Jackie’s personal professional legacy by engaging students in dialogue about positivity that can emerge from overcoming obstacles and overcoming failures.”
The contest was for students in grades 4-9 in the Los Angeles metro area to share their own personal experience that turned a negative gesture in a positive movement. Maybin chose a winner and finalists to join him as his V.I.P. guest at an Angels game.
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You can learn more about the April essay contest, here.
You can learn more about The Maybin Mission, here.
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