Andrew McCutchen has become the face of the Pirates franchise over the course of his nine big league seasons.
‘Cutch’ took home the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player honors and has been elected to the NL All-Star team five times in his career, however, perhaps the most significant accolade he has received is the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award. The award, which shows a player’s sportsmanship, community involvement and contributions to his respective team, is voted on by the fans and members of the media.
While all winners of this award are certainly deserving of the recognition, McCutchen sets the bar high.
McCutchen started Cutch’s Crew in 2010, with the hopes of mentoring inner city youth baseball players and at-risk children through the Greater Pittsburgh area. Cutch’s Crew also raises money to donate to various community programs throughout Western Pennsylvania. His goal is to encourage the involvement of the Pittsburgh community to work together through volunteerism and fundraising to help better the lives of those around them.
Every year, Cutch’s Crew hosts a 5K race to raise money and awareness for various charities and organizations in the Pittsburgh area. In the past, organizations that have benefitted from McCutchen’s charitable efforts include Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Make-A-Wish and the Children’s Hospital. McCutchen often visits hospitalized children to help spread some cheer and smiles. He is also actively involved with Habitat for Humanity, where McCutchen is an official spokesperson and assists with fundraising and various programs.
In 2015, McCutchen , once known for his long hair, chopped off his infamous dreadlocks for charity, selling his hair to support a number of worthy causes.
You can learn more about Cutch’s Crew on Facebook.
You can follow Andrew and his efforts on Twitter.
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