Players provide funds to nonprofit whose mission is to help children of military personnel
New York, NY, Thursday, June 30, 2016 – The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced it has awarded a $100,000 grant to the nonprofit Our Military Kids, to assist with the organization’s efforts to provide the children of military personnel with opportunities to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.
The Players Trust grant is being provided to Our Military Kids in honor of the game between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves at Ft. Bragg (NC), this Sunday, July 3, 2016 – the game marks the first-ever professional sporting event to be played on a military base. A ceremonial check presentation will take place between the MLBPA and Our Military Kids prior to the game’s first pitch.
“All Players hold a special place in their hearts for our country’s service members, veterans and their children,” said Players Trust Director, Melissa Persaud. “The Players are honored to be in the position to help support the efforts of Our Military Kids, and to recognize the organization’s commitment to help the children of military personnel during a week when the baseball world shifts its attention to Ft. Bragg and the historic game between the Marlins and Braves.”
“We are thrilled that the Major League Baseball Players Trust is joining Our Military Kids in supporting our troop’s most precious assets – their children,” said Our Military Kids Executive Director, Linda Davidson. “It is significant that this historic game and the presentation of this gift are taking place over the July 4th weekend. It serves as a reminder that we all have an obligation to support our military families while they selflessly serve to protect our freedoms.”
McLean, VA-based Our Military Kids provides tangible support to the children of deployed National Guard and Military Reserves, and children of all severely injured personnel through grants for sports, fine arts and tutoring that nurture and sustain the children during the time a parent is away in service to our country or recovering from combat related injuries. Since 2005, Our Military Kids has provided more than 54,000 grants to keep military children engaged in activities of their choosing, helping to relieve the stress of separation from a parent by providing a positive distraction, minimizing emotional destabilization, building self-esteem, and enabling academic achievement. To learn more about Our Military Kids and join in this effort, visit http://ourmilitarykids.org/