NEW YORK — Major League Baseball launched a community assistance platform Wednesday called “MLB Together.”
The platform will focus on youth empowerment; diversity, equity and inclusion; domestic and physical safety; health research and resources; military family and veteran resources; disaster relief; and environmental sustainability and green initiatives.
Chicago White Sox reliever Liam Hendriks, a cancer survivor, will be a program ambassador. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and San Diego Padres designated hitter Nelson Cruz, both Roberto Clemente Award recipients which recognizes players for their character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions on and off the field, created an initial promotional video.
“MLB Together represents the very best of what our sport means to our fans and our communities,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Baseball’s ability to bring people together through shared values and addressing common causes has helped secure the game’s status within our culture.”
Areas include disaster relief; disaster relief; mental health, wellness, belonging and bullying prevention; encouraging access to baseball and softball; closing equity gaps for underrepresented communities; voting access; survivor support in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking; and cancer and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis research.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report
Baseball launches ‘MLB Together’ community assistance platform