ST. LOUIS — After a wild Game 6, which many are calling “the greatest game in Major League history,” the 107th World Series advances to Game 7 tonight for the first time since 2002, when the Anaheim Angels defeated the San Francisco Giants.
For the third year, Major League Baseball has dedicated the first four games of the World Series to various initiatives to help improve the lives of people in need. The first game of the Rangers-Cardinals series was dedicated to veterans and military families, with a special focus on Welcome Back Veterans. Game 2 focused on community service and the Roberto Clemente Award, which was awarded to Boston’s David Ortiz for his commitment to helping kids receive pediatric care in the US and Dominican Republic. The focus for Game 3 was youth; Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America were both recognized. Game 4 of the series highlighted cancer research, funding and awareness through Stand Up To Cancer.
MLB announced that they will dedicate tonight’s game to their ongoing Tornado Relief initiative. The dedication of this game hits especially close to home for fans at Busch Stadium, which is only about 250 miles from Joplin, M.O., which was devastated by tornadoes on May 22, 2011. The tornado took 162 lives, injured thousands and destroyed nearly 7,000 homes.
In addition to assisting victims of the devastating tornado that destroyed the Joplin community, the initiative will also serve victims of the “…more than 300 tornadoes [that] spawned a powerful storm system on April 26-27 [which] wiped out entire towns across a wide swath of the South, killing nearly 400 people. Alabama’s state emergency management agency reported the most destruction, followed closely by Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia,” according to MLB.com.
MLB, along with the Major League Baseball Players Trust, made a contribution of $200,000 to Heart to Heart, which helped to treat nearly 6,000 people following the horrific disaster. Heart to Heart was one of the early responders following the Joplin tornado. Additionally, regional affiliates of Habitat for Humanity are working to rebuild homes in the Joplin community so families are able to move in by Thanksgiving. Habitat will continue to help rebuild even after the initial homes are occupied.
MLB will recognize children from the Joplin South Little League that participated in the 2011 Junior RBI Classic during the All-Star Week before the start of Game 7.
We applaud MLB for their efforts in raising awareness and supporting causes which exist for the betterment of society. We proudly award MLB with a Gold Star!
- Fans are encouraged to donate to Heart to Heart International and Habitat for Humanity by visiting MLBCommunity.org.
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