Strikeouts For Troops: About

Welcome to Strikeouts For Troops!  This year marks our 7th year  in providing the comforts of home and lifting the spirits and morale of America’s  injured servicemen and women as they return home from their missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and assignments around the globe. The support we have received from my fellow Major League Baseball players, athletes from other sports, corporate sponsors and from you, the fans, has been overwhelming.

Strikeouts For Troops is about Americans helping Americans. I always want  our  American service members to know that his or her sacrifice is recognized and deeply appreciated. That is why it is important to remember that there are men and women throughout our country who are suffering, many with invisible wounds of war, and whose lives are permanently changed because of their injuries or loss of a family member.

Being a part of Strikeouts For Troops has been an indescribably rewarding experience and has introduced us to some of the most incredible brave Americans. We have made some amazing friends on this journey — people like Cpl. Nick Kimmel, a 22 year old triple amputee who is learning how to walk on prosthetic legs, and his dad Rick, who is by his side every day. We have met Cpl. Jordon Maynard, a double amputee who has come to see his injury as a “blessing in disguise,” his wife Jennifer and young son Jay.  Retired SSgt. Christopher Hill, a career Marine who, after four tours of duty, was once so traumatized when we first met, he could barely speak. One year later, he was standing on a stage speaking to nearly 1,500 people and joining us in singing “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” at Jake Peavy’s music event in Arizona.  Today, SSgt. Chris travels the country speaking for Strikeouts For Troops and others on the need to support our troops.

We are seeing the difference that our overall effort is making in the lives of thousands of our service members and their families. We continue to try to assist wherever we can to help ease the mind and heart of our wounded heroes so they can focus on their recovery.

Contributions to the Strikeouts For Troops fund have:

  • kept loved ones near during the most difficult of times;
  • provided individual grants to help with immediate needs;
  • paid for air flights and lodging;
  • purchased adaptive equipment for an easier transition at home;
  • helped fund the Gold Star Family Support Center at Fort Hood;
  • provided backpacks filled with toiletries and other necessities to those who arrive at the hospital with often just the clothes on their back;
  • supported morale building events nationwide;
  • purchased holiday gifts for military children;
  • provided holiday dinners, telephone and gift cards; and
  • paid for baby sitting or a taxi so families can stay close

I have heard many times from those who have gotten to know Strikeouts For Troops, that they feel they have a personal stake in the foundation and in its mission and goals. I love to hear that because it’s a foundation of the people and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Please join me in saying ‘Thank You’ to our troops for their service to our country.