Over the course of his 12-year career, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó has proven to be one of the top players at his position.
The five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, two-time Gold Glover, 2009 World Series Champion and eight-time All-Star has certainly racked up the accolades since breaking into the majors in 2005.
Speaking of All-Star, Canó added one more honor to his trophy case this past week in the 2017 All-Star Game, when his 10th inning home run not only propelled the American League to victory, but earned him MVP honors as well. There is no question Canó is a dominant force on the field, but, what some may not know, Canó is making a significant an impact off of it.
Founder of the RC22 Foundation, which reflects Canó’s initials and jersey number, Canó dedicates himself to giving back to those in his current city of Seattle, as well as his native Dominican Republic.
In partnership with Seattle’s Children Hospital, City Year and the Boys & Girls Club of King County, RC22, which was founded in 2013, hosts programs “that amplify its focus and impact in the areas of education, health, fitness and wellness.” One of those programs, RC22 League of Leaders, rewards students and young leaders that achieve milestones and overcome challenges, all while channeling out negative influences.
To see a complete list of Canó’s Seattle-based programs, click here.
Back home in the D.R., Canó is focused on improving the lives of children. In November 2015, he opened the RC22DREAM School, which serves over 100 youth ages 3-6 in Canó’s hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.
“Every day it’s growing more,” Canó said of RC22. “I come from a poor town and I’ve been there when you grow up and don’t have anything or anybody. For me, to come all the way from the Dominican and be able to make it to the big leagues and play at a high level, I’ve been blessed. It’s important to give back to the community.”
You can learn more about Canó’s charity, RC22, by visiting its official website.
Every year, RC22 donates uniforms and cleats to youth baseball leagues in Canó’s hometown, and the foundation holds an annual Three Kings Day holiday program and distributes toys to local children, a program supported by the Players Trust.
The foundation is also positioned to step up the plate in times of need. For example, in November 2016, Canó and his charity raised over $8,000 and 3,000 needed items benefitting those affected by severe flooding in the Dominican Republic.
Since its founding, RC22 has raised over $2.5 million, and has no plans of slowing down. In fact, the foundation’s goal is to build 22 schools throughout the Dominican Republic.
“We’re working on building a second one soon,” Canó said last November.. “I’m trying to do it in my town, where they don’t have the buildings for schools. A lot of kids that are 10 to 12 years old are trying to help bring food to their family’s table. So if I can expand it, I will do that for sure.”
Canó also knows that teamwork is needed to have an even greater impact, and he appreciates the help he continues to receive that helps the foundation achieve its goals. “Thank God for all the people that support the Foundation,” Canó added. “Our goal is to build schools and help wherever we can. That’s something, as a player, I want to be able to go back home and spend time with the kids and see how we’re changing their lives.”
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