SAN DIEGO — Walt Whitman once said, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.” The San Diego Padres teamed up with Cox Communications, Halogen TV, and Soles4Souls to do exactly this – be a blessing to communities throughout San Diego and beyond.
Soles4Souls is a Nashville based non-profit who collects new and gently used shoes and distributes them to persons in need in over 127 countries, including the US. Since their origination in 2005, Soles4Souls has given away more than 15 million pairs of shoes – or a pair every seven seconds.
In an interview with Ashley Richard, pitcher Clayton Richard’s wife, Ashley shared that about 8,000 pairs of shoes were collected at the stadium event on July 30. Approximately 1,000 pairs of these shoes will be donated in Sept. to organizations throughout San Diego such as the Monarch School, a school for homeless and at-risk children in San Diego, and homeless children at the downtown Copley Center. Additionally, Padres catcher Nick Hundley, along with his wife Amy will host a back to school shopping event on Sept. 2, where 200 pairs of shoes will be donated.
At the start of each season, the Padres players’ wives sit down with the Community Relations department at PETCO Park and plan charitable events throughout the season. According to Richard, in addition to selling items that benefit the Padres Foundation, many of the wives had causes that they were passionate about and wanted to support throughout the season, such as Operation Smile, Autism awareness and collecting clothes and monetary donations for tornado victims in Alabama.
On Sept. 15, the Padres will host a golf tournament and silent auction at Sycuan Golf and Tennis Resort. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Rady Children’s Hospital (MRSA and Heart Defect Fund), and the Padres Foundation. Additionally, scratchers can be purchased for $1 as a “Shirt Off Their Backs” fundraiser, in which fans can win the jersey right off a player’s back. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to benefit the Padres Foundation for Children.
For this, and all of their continued efforts throughout San Diego and the world, we thank Ashley Richard, the Padres wives, and the San Diego Padres for making a positive impact in the sports industry. We hereby award the team a Gold Star for the community efforts.
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