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#GoingToBat: Eric Hosmer goes all out on the field and for Kansas City youth

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World Series champion, All-Star Game MVP, three-time Gold Glove Award winner and 2017 World Baseball Classic champion — first baseman Eric Hosmer has developed an impressive baseball resume since joining the Kansas City Royals in 2011.

But in addition to making a big difference for the Royals in recent years, the 27-year-old has also made a positive and significant impact in the Kansas City community.

Hosmer has been heavily involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBSKC) since 2011. He was originally introduced to the organization — whose goal is to match “children facing adversity in one-to-one, life-changing friendships with adult volunteers,” according to the official website – by fellow Kansas City sports star Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs.

It was the way his older brother, Mike Jr., treated him as a kid, however, that convinced him to become even more involved with BBBSKC.

“I just realized how good I had it growing up,” Hosmer told reporters. “There was always someone there, when Pops was at work, to go outside and play catch or just to guide me around throughout the day. This is an organization I’ve been with a long time and they’ve been great with us.”

“I think I just learned from how he treated me and how he accepted me as a friend: not like I was the annoying little younger guy,” Hosmer said in an interview in June 2016.

Hosmer has worked closely with the organization to find new ways to inspire others to get involved. In 2012, Hosmer spoke at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City to help recruit Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples through a program called “Step Up to the Plate with Eric Hosmer.”

In 2015, Hosmer started “Step Up Big with Eric Hosmer,” where he pledged to donate funds for every double he hit that season. In 2016, after pledging to donate $1,169.08 per double, he raised over $30,000 for BBBSKC.

Hosmer, alongside BBBSKC, released a video detailing his efforts to raise money.

Since becoming active with the foundation, Hosmer’s efforts have helped raise over $45,000, all while creating countless memories along the way.

Another memory Hosmer has created through BBBSKC is the “Steak with Hos” event. Hosmer held the event last year, which gave one lucky fan a chance to enjoy a steak dinner with him. But this year, in collaboration with The Kansas City Steak Company, Hosmer also found a way to incorporate Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and expanded the number of winning contestants to five.

In May, Hosmer, alongside his father, Mike, announced the second annual “Steak with Hos” event.

One of the winners, Janet Audiss of Manhattan, Kansas, said it seemed almost too good to believe. “At first I thought I was being punked, but then just found out (I was) incredibly blessed to have steaks with Hos,” Audiss said at the event. “What? Steaks with Eric Hosmer! I’m totally nervous. So excited, though.” Hosmer’s commitment to BBBSKC also extends to Kauffman Stadium where they partner for ‘Royals Nights with Eric Hosmer, a program that  provides kids an opportunity to meet the Royals slugger and take in a game. Hosmer, as his fans know, is very active on social media and uses his platforms to raise awareness for the charity.

Hosmer’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed by his club, either.

“Part of being the complete player is understanding their role in the community and their professional opportunity and obligation to influence young people in a positive way,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said in June 2016.

You can join Hosmer’s efforts to help make the days brighter for Kansas City youth by making a pledge  here.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, click here.

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