NEW YORK — One of the goals of this site is to establish a working relationship with sports bloggers around the world, giving them a place to share their own positive sports stories and/or nominate players, coaches and teams to TGiS’s Gold Star lists. This one is in collaboration with our buds at Bleeding Yankee Blue:
Lately across the United States, there seems to be more and more destruction and more and more people becoming homeless because of devastating storms rolling through neighborhoods, taking homes, memories and lives away from all of us in just a matter of minutes.
David Robertson, pitcher for the New York Yankees, and his wife Erin were personally touched by the devastation in the most recent storm that ravaged Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27th, because David grew up there. Immediately, they took a crew to the now-leveled area and the look on their faces was eye-opening. They were in shock, much like the families that were torn apart there. After seeing this, they did something that people only talk about doing; making a difference.
High Socks for Hope was started immediately; a Foundation to give aid to the people who lost everything they had in the hopes of rebuilding their lives. I get emotional just thinking about this courageous undertaking. Many celebrities want to attach their names to causes and never show up to really do a thing about it. David Robertson is a New York Yankee and pride is attached to that, but celebrity is also attached to it and he knows the importance of his fans and the power he has to bring it to everyone’s attention; Yankee fan or not. He and Erin are making a difference. – BYB
For David’s work in creating a fund to help those affected by the devastating tornadoes that hit his hometown, we are taking BYB’s nomination of Mr. Robertson and awarding David with a Gold Star! For those that don’t know, David has pledged to donate $100 for every strikeout he records throughout the 2011 Season. Kudos to David and Erin for truly making a difference to a community in dire need.
For the entire story and BYB’s exclusive interview (edited for redistribution, approved by BYB) with Erin and David, click: