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#GoingToBat: CC Sabathia pitching in to help inner city youth

Nearing 37 years of age, Carsten Charles Sabathia is still getting the job done for the New York Yankees. Sabathia, who has the second-most wins (230) among active pitchers in the majors, leads the Yankees with seven wins so far in 2017.

The Vallejo, Calif., native has built a superstar résumé over his 16-year career with Cleveland, Milwaukee and New York – twice leading the majors in wins, six times making the All-Star game, even winning a World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and the AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland in 2007.

And while he’s off to his best start in several seasons, C.C.’s year-in, year-out efforts to assist inner-city kids may eventually become his most lasting legacy.

With his PitCCh In Foundation, which he founded back in 2008, Sabathia developed programs with the goal of helping teens “raise their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities.”

On Monday, June 5, Sabathia and the PitCCh In Foundation continued a tradition with the annual All Stars of New York Bowling Tournament in New York City. Joined by numerous Yankee teammates, friends from the Boston Red Sox, who were in town playing the Yankees, as well as former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, Sabathia hosted a night of bowling to raise money for the foundation to assist inner city youth.

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“Our family loves to bowl so we wanted to do something active as an event for the foundation,” Sabathia told the Players Trust Monday night. “I thought this would be great – to get people to come out, get people excited. It’s just a lot of fun to have my vision of what I like to do, kind of put that on people and let them have fun with it.”

Besides the annual bowling event, PitCCh In Foundation has a full plate of ways to help inner city youth. Initiatives like the All-Star Baseball Clinic, which was established in 2011, has grown to serve over 600 kids on the east and west coasts. His backpack program has brought over 25,000 backpacks to elementary school kids in the Bronx and Sabathia’s hometown of Vallejo. Over the years, Sabathia has also made donations to help renovate areas such as playing fields and Boys & Girls Clubs.

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Fund-raising events like the bowling tournament help make all of those efforts possible.

“Proceeds (from the bowling event) go to our foundation, directly to our backpack giveaway, our field renovations,” Sabathia said. “We just did one (field renovation) in the Bronx that cost $700,000. So these events … we need to do these things so we can make a huge difference for the kids.”

You can learn more about the PitCCh In Foundation, here.

You can visit Sabathia’s official website, here.


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