Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers took the National League by storm back in 2013, hitting .319 with 19 homers and 42 RBIs in 104 games with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs, finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting to late-Marlins pitcher José Fernández.
Puig, who like Fernández, was born in Cuba, followed up his impressive rookie campaign with an All-Star appearance in 2014. Now that he’s been in the majors for a few seasons, Puig has decided to raise his voice for a cause bigger than baseball – helping children and underprivileged families.
Puig is behind “The Wild Horse Foundation” Which he named after the nickname longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully gave him back in 2013. The foundation is a “nonprofit organization that strives to aid economically disadvantaged children and families,” according to the foundation’s website.
“I started the foundation because I want to help the people in Los Angeles and Miami and Dominican Republic,” Puig said in an interview with iHeartRadio.
Through The Wild Horse Foundation, Puig has sought to help families in need through acts of kindness like distributing supplies, particularly in the Dominican Republic. Last year, Puig also took 50 kids to watch a playoff baseball game in Santo Domingo.
Puig is advancing his efforts through a poker tournament next month. With help from the Dodgers, The Wild Horse Foundation Poker Tournament is coming to Dodger Stadium on May 22, 2017.
The night, which is a ticketed event, either to play poker or just enjoy the evening, will include dinner, silent and live auctions as well as the chance to meet Puig and other Dodgers players. Some confirmed guests for the event include host emcee George Lopez, Orel Hershiser, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, Paul Lo Duca and Derrel Thomas.
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) April 18, 2017
All proceeds from the event will help provide food and toys for kids during the holidays, as well as provides supplies for schools in need.
“I want to be a role model for the kids because I have a lot of people follow me,” Puig said. “That was the reason I want to give back to the community.”
You can read more about The Wild Horse Foundation here.
You can read more about Puig’s upcoming poker tournament here.
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