Though heavily subsidized by its major league parents, Minor League Baseball isn't exactly awash in cash to hand out. That's why it's worth pointing out the effort made by the minors to raise $27,500 for the survivors of the tornado devastation happening in the Oklahoma City area this past May. The money is going to the American Red Cross, which is on the vanguard in helping individuals who have lost so much.
Via Ballpark Digest:
“As the mission of Minor League Baseball Charities states, we are dedicated to giving back to and enhancing the communities our teams call home,” said Pat O’Conner, President & CEO of Minor League Baseball. “It became apparent very quickly that the citizens of Oklahoma and our baseball family needed our help, so we identified our resources and determined how we could collectively offer assistance. We hope that this monetary donation will aid individuals in beginning to rebuild their lives.”
The donation is a result of various fundraising efforts conducted by Minor League Baseball, participating MiLB clubs and the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. (PBUC), in partnership with Minor League Baseball Charities. Fifteen percent of all orders placed through participating clubs’ online stores between June 3 and June 17 were donated to MiLB Charities through the ‘15 for 15’ program.
A total of 53 clubs got involved, and it's neat that umpires did too — now there's a group with a thin safety net. At the next game you attend, give the umps a cheer or applause when they're introduced. They're people too.
According to MiLB charities — you can donate here and get ahead of the curve — they've disbursed about $200,000 in disaster relief funds since 2008. Remember, these are minor leaguers who are kind of on their own out there. Regardless, they're looking out for their community.