Scotty McCreery Donates $50K to Youth Baseball Programs
Scotty McCreery has two loves in life: baseball and music. Formerly a pitcher for his high school team in Garner, N.C. and now a successful country music star, he's supporting the game in a big way by donating $50,000 to youth baseball programs. But that's not all.
The 'See You Tonight' singer started out his giving streak on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the stadium home of the Tampa Bay Rays. There, he presented a personal $5,000 check to a Tampa youth baseball organization before the game, threw out the first pitch and sang 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game.'
So, how is he able to do that? McCreery has launched a six-city Major League Baseball ballpark tour to support youth baseball programs much like the one he was a part of.
“I learned some of my greatest lessons playing sports and being a team member,” McCreery, who followed in his father's footsteps, says. “Sports teach you so many life lessons about self-discipline, responsibility, teamwork, setting goals, and being fit. It's awesome that Major League Baseball provides opportunities for kids who might not have a chance to play baseball and softball elsewhere. I'm proud to provide assistance to this program."
At the baseball park tour’s culmination, McCreery will have donated $50,000 to youth baseball programs, which includes Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program, this year.
The 19-year-old country crooner truly is giving back. And, it's being noticed by country music fans and baseball players alike. Referring to McCreery’s donation to the Rays Baseball Foundation, the Tampa Bay Rays tweeted, “Great job by @ScottyMcCreery with today's first pitch (he throws gas)--and thank you to him for his donation to RBF!”
At each game, McCreery will be featured in different ways, ranging from inviting local radio winners to be his guest as he throws out the first pitch, providing giveaway CDs, singing during the seventh-inning stretch, and serving a guest broadcaster and/or participating in other various activities. Sounds tiring -- but completely up McCreery's alley!
Scotty McCreery's MLB Parks Tour:
9/8 – San Diego, Calif. | San Diego Padres v. Colorado Rockies, PETCO Park
9/12 – Philadelphia, Penn. | Philadelphia Phillies v. San Diego Padres, Citizens Bank Park
9/15 – Chicago, Ill. | Chicago White Sox v. Cleveland Indians, Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field
9/22 – Washington, D.C. | Washington Nationals v. Miami Marlins, Nationals Park
9/27 – Atlanta, Ga. | Atlanta Braves v. Philadelphia Phillies, Turner Field/State Mutual Stadium