NEW YORK, Dec. 3 — The Major League Baseball Players Trust joined with organizations around the world in recognition of Giving Tuesday by awarding a $100,000 grant to California Strong to provide continued assistance to the thousands of people affected by wildfires and other tragic events that have devastated parts of the state in recent years.
California Strong was founded by big leaguers Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas and Christian Yelich, as well as Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and others, to address the immediate needs people and their families face following tragic events, including securing hotel accommodations, replacement of personal items and deposits towards temporary housing.
“We are excited to join the Giving Tuesday movement with our support for California Strong,” said Leonor Colon, Senior Director of International and Domestic Player Operations for the Major League Baseball Players Association. “It is inspiring when our players unite to assist those in need in their communities.”
Braun, Moustakas and Yelich said in a prepared statement, “We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation from the MLB Players Trust. With their help, we plan to continue to provide support, assistance & financial aid to those in need.”
The Players Trust will also support the nonprofit’s second celebrity softball tournament on Jan. 12 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Last year’s fund-raising softball event helped raise more than $1 million with the support of the actors, musicians and athletes who participated. Tickets are on sale for the fund-raising event at www.californiastrong.org.
The Players Trust is the collective charity of Major League Baseball Players. Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes. Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1.5 million in annual grants and programs. For additional information, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org. Follow the Trust on Twitter (@MLBPlayersTrust) and Instagram (mlbplayerstrust).
California Strong founders include Milwaukee Brewers members and California natives Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas, Mike Attanasio of the Milwaukee Brewers ownership group and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. The organization is committed to providing immediate financial support to victims whenever a disaster strikes anywhere in the state. For more information about California Strong or to donate, visit www.californiastrong.org