Off the field, our players support specific causes close to their hearts!
For the last several years, Elvis has partnered with the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas, joining them for their annual fundraising calendar which features local celebrities and individuals with Down syndrome, serving as the Buddy Walk All-Star for the 2014 Buddy Walk, and also hosting families at Texas Rangers home games in the Elvis' Entourage Section. On top of his various service commitments, Elvis also assists with monetary donations to help provide services to the Down syndrome community.
Elvis is involved in the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation's Miracle League programs in Arlington and Southlake. With donations from the Rangers Foundation, Elvis and other contributors, the Southlake Miracle League was able to build a custom designed baseball diamond that provides children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball safely.
During the RBI World Series at Globe Life Park in 2014, Elvis hosted the Venezuelan RBI team for batting practice and a Rangers game.
In 2014, Elvis hosted the Fall Festival Event at SafeHaven of Tarrant County. SafeHaven mothers and children enjoyed an evening of apple bobbing, pumpkin decorating, and a hayride, with dinner being provided by the Black-eyed Pea of Arlington. In addition, Elvis provided gift cards to the event participants and made a contribution to SafeHaven of Tarrant County.
For the last several years, Elvis has hosted a group of Special Olympics Athletes and Law Enforcement Officers at a Rangers game. As part of the pre-game ceremony, Law Enforcement Officers, Special Olympians and Elvis run the Opening Ceremonies torch around the infield to bring recognition to the Special Olympics Summer Games. The Law Enforcement Torch Run has dedicated its efforts to ensure that all eligible individuals can participate in the movement. Officers carry the torch on intra-state relays, running for a common cause that brings the torch to the Opening Ceremonies of Summer Games. Each year Elvis makes a monetary donation to the Special Olympics Summer Games.
In 2015, Elvis joined the Taylor Hooton Foundation Advisory Board of active players throughout Major League Baseball. The Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the youth of America.
Elvis was awarded the Jim Sundberg Community Award in 2014 for his good works in the community.
Over the last several years, Adrian has supported the I Love Baseball program in the Dominican Republic with monetary donations. The mission of the I Love Baseball program is to connect people and organizations through the game of baseball in order to provide young Dominican men with an education and a greater vision for themselves, their communities, and their relationship with Jesus Christ. They desire to develop young men of character through mentorship and using relationally-based baseball programs. By partnering with various organizations, they seek to foster the personal growth of individuals, ultimately contributing to the greater good of entire communities.
Adrian is a major supporter of the Texas Rangers RBI program. His financial contribution has allowed the Rangers Foundation to expand the RBI program. This season, a Fort Worth RBI program was established, while expanding the Dallas RBI program and assisting the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive. Because of his generosity, the Texas Rangers were able to show their commitment to youth baseball on a grander scale by securing the bid to host the RBI World Series in 2014 and 2015.
Over the last five seasons Adrian has donated over $500,000 to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Adrian is involved in the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation's major fundraiser of the year, The Park Place Dealership Triple Play Game Show Spectacular. Through his leadership and example, his teammates are encouraged to participate in this marquee event.
Adrian is also is very supportive of his former and current teammates charitable endeavors, making donations to David Valle's Ezperanza International, the Robinson Chirinos Foundation to assist with back packs and school supplies for underprivileged children in the DFW Metroplex, The Michael Young Family Foundation in their efforts to assist pediatric cancer patients, the Eddie Guardado Foundation in their efforts to provide funds for Autism Speaks and the Joakim Soria Foundation to provide relief efforts in Mexico. In addition, he has provided private funding for an individual undergoing cancer treatment.
Adrian received the MLB local Roberto Clemente Award in 2013 and 2014 for his community contributions.
In 2014, Robinson held a Thanksgiving event at the Arlington Life Shelter. Chirinos provided dinner from Gabriela's & Sofia's Tex Mex Restaurant and also distributed scarves, hats, and gloves. He was joined by pitcher Tanner Scheppers and his wife Jessica and Rangers Hall of Famer Jim Sundberg.
Through his foundation, Robinson was able to donate 800 backpacks filled to the brim with school supplies as part of the Back 2 School Outreach Bash held at the Refuge Church in Fort Worth, Texas in 2014. In addition to the school supplies, the kids also received free haircuts and manicures, while social security and immigration consulting were provided for the parents. The Robinson Chirinos Foundation mission is to provide food, clothing , equipment, sport facilities and items needed to attend school for the less fortunate.
Robinson and his wife, Heidy, also spread holiday cheer at TSRHC when he visited patients at the hospital last December, autographing pennants for clinical patients and handing out gift bags of caps, crayons and coloring books to inpatients. His teammate, Martin Perez and his wife Viclena joined Robinson for the visit.
Shin-Soo hosted DFW Metroplex families who had adopted a Korean child through Dillon International at Texas Rangers home games in the Choo's Corner.
In 2014, Shin-Soo Choo made a donation of $100,000 to the Korean Cultural Center of Dallas. The creation of the Korean Cultural Center has been a dream of the Dallas Korean community for over 50 years, with Shin-Shoo's donation they will be one step closer to making that dream a tangible reality. It is his hope alone with the Dallas Koran community to create a facility where the Korean traditional holidays, festivals and culture can be shared and experienced by our youth.
This past December Shin-Soo partnered with the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and the Korean Amateur Sports Association of Dallas to host youth from the Korean School Association. The youth participated in the activities at LEGOLAND, including the Factory Show, Kingdom Quest ride, LEGO build hosted by a Master Model Builder and shopping in the LEGOLAND retail shop and be treated to refreshments. Shin-Soo gifted an autographed ball, Choo t-shirt and bobblehead, Texas Rangers backpack, and a $25.00 gift card to shop in the LEGOLAND retail shop to each of the kids in attendance.
During the off-season, Shin-Soo hosted a Baseball Camp for 25 athletes of The Miracle League of Southlake. He was assisted by Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers and bench coach Steve Buechele. Following the camp, Shin-Soo presented participants with a Rangers backpack, an autographed baseball, and a t-shirt and provided Papa John's pizza to all campers.
Prince partnered with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and BKFK for a new educational program, Going to Bat against Bullying. Designed to help students grades 4 through 8 in Texas schools promote an anti-bullying environment, the program, aligns with TEKS standards and features anti-bullying tips and ideas from Fielder along with activities designed to prevent and combat bullying.
Prince and wife Chanel joined the Texas Ranger Baseball Foundation, along with the Matthew and Camila McConaughey's, to support the just keep livin foundation. just keep livin programs is facilitate throughout three high schools in the DFW Metroplex. This after school program is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. Throughout the school year, students meet twice weekly focusing on nutrition, exercise, and giving back. Nearly 90% of students meet health and fitness goals and while donating more than 1000 hours in community service. Prince's personal chef, Rudy Poindexter, will also participate in the program by talking to students about healthy eating and how to cook healthy.
To help raise funds for the Academy started by his childhood friend, Julian Martinez, this past off-season, Yovani participated in a bullpen session at Dynasty Baseball Academy in Saginaw. During the event, Yovani signed autographs for everyone and posed for photos.
Yovani has joined the "Let's Strike Out Cancer" team started by Jason Motte and his foundation, to help people directly affected by the disease. With the purchase of any K Cancer tee, five dollars benefit to the Jason Motte Foundation and five dollars benefit Yovani's charity of choice, Cancer Cares.
Yovani is a big supporter of RBI, making financial contributions to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to help with the Fort Worth RBI program. The Fort Worth RBI program plays at Rockwood Park, a park Yovani grew up playing.
Matt is very supportive of the area schools in his hometown in North Carolina. The last two years he has helped both Granville Central High School and South Granville High School with equipment, field improvements and uniforms for their sports programs. Matt also made contributions to the Falls Lake Academy and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball program in Southlake.
The 60 Feet 6 Foundation is a non-profit organization founded and created by Major League Baseball pitcher Derek Holland in 2014. The mission is to help raise awareness and continue the fight against leukemia, specifically pediatric forms of the disease. Derek's passion and fire on the pitcher's mound is only equaled by his passion and fire in helping to find a cure to this indiscriminate and devastating disease.
Derek is a member of the "Let's Strike Out Cancer" team started by Jason Motte and his foundation, to help people directly affected by the disease. With the purchase of any K Cancer tee, five dollars benefit to the Jason Motte Foundation and five dollars benefit Derek's foundation.
Over the last several years, Derek has been a major supporter of the Rangers Foundation through monetary donations and community service. In 2014, he was appointed to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation's Board. Derek has aligned with Foundation programs Home Runs for the Holidays to help raise funds during the holidays and the MCA All-Star Fitness program by making a special appearance at local schools.
Derek supports his high school, Newark High School, along with his college, Wallace State College.
Derek has always been active in the community. He has made numerous donations to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth and Children's Health in Dallas, Texas. During the 2014 season, Derek hosted families from The Sunshine Kids Foundation for a pre-game meet and greet, dinner in the Jack Daniels Club and introductions in a pre-game ceremony. During this past off-season, Derek presented both Cook Children's Hospital and Children's Health with a Starlight Fun Center.
Derek received the Jim Sundberg Community Award in 2013 for his contribution to the community.
Each season Mike Maddux teams up with bullpen coach Andy Hawkins to host a pitching camp for youth. The proceeds of the camp help provide a fun night out at the ballpark for DFW Metroplex families of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). The clinic not only raises much needed funds for NAAF, but more importantly it helps to raise awareness of the need for more research to find treatments, and ultimately a cure for the disease.
Mike and his wife Lisa team up with Hawaiian Falls, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, and Snowball Express- a non-profit that provides hope and opportunities to create new memories for children of fallen military heroes, who have dies in the line of duty since 9/11. With the help of Snowball Express and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, Maddux and his wife host families who have lost a loved one while serving the military at Hawaiian Falls for a fun-filled day including lunch, water activities, and a meet and greet with Mike.
Last September, Leonys and his wife Yaimira donated sports equipment to Charles Tosch Elementary School in Mesquite. The school used the equipment to teach baseball/softball fundamentals to the youth. The school believes strongly, if they instill in the students a love for baseball or softball, it will help them learn skills to take into their adult life.
Last August, Mitch and his wife Susannah were made aware of two young cancer survivors, Andrew Barksdale and Trevor Moultrie. The two played in the same baseball league in Trussville, Alabama, and met while undergoing cancer treatment at the same facility. Mitch and Susannah teamed up with Southwest Airlines to bring the boys and their families to Arlington. The boys received a special Dallas Love Field welcome, a visit to Six Flags Over Texas and tickets to two Rangers games, all courtesy of the Moreland's, Southwest Airlines and RideCentric. The families said this is a trip of a lifetime for their boys and one they would never forget.
Martin is a big supporter of the Texas Rangers RBI program. His financial contribution helped the Rangers Foundation to expand the RBI program to Fort Worth last season by underwriting the cost for uniforms, equipment and other needs. During the RBI World Series at Globe Life Park in 2014, Martin hosted the Venezuelan RBI team for batting practice and a Rangers game.
Tanner is lending his support to Autism Speaks by serving as the chair of the Autism Awareness Night at Globe Life Park this season. This is a cause dear to his heart, with Tanner's nephew recently being diagnosed with autism. Tanner will also participate in a public service announcement, donate autographed items and attend special events for Autism Speaks.
Last December, Tanner and his wife Jessica served as the Honorary Chairs of the Cowboy Santa's Toy Drive held at Globe Life Park, at which over 6,965 toys and 50 bicycles were collected for deserving families. The Cowboy Santa's Program, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides toys to children from low-income Tarrant County families, during the holiday season. The Scheppers also adopted a family for the holidays, providing each family member Christmas gifts.
Tanner helped the children of SaveHaven with August birthdays celebrate their birthdays at Globe Life Park. The kids were treated to Papa John's pizza before the game and each birthday child received a personalized jersey with their age and goody bag, compliments of Tanner.
Shawn and his wife Lynley have partnered with Arise Africa, an organization committed to assisting those with spiritual, economic, and physical poverty to enable them to become responsible, independent, and self-sustaining individuals, and sharing with them the truth and love of Jesus Christ. They are involved in the Child Sponsorship program and have participated in a mission trip to Zambia to assist in the opening of the Arise Home, a home built for children who had nowhere else to turn.
Shawn is the club spokesman for Team Not for Sale, which is a group of professional athletes from around the world that have joined together to rally against slavery. Not for Sale is a global non-profit that is fighting to end human trafficking and modern slavery. Shawn is also involved with Exodus Road, a non-profit coalition that empowers freedom from sex slavery through covert investigation and rescue.
Shawn supports friend and former teammate Clayton Kershaw's organization, Kershaw's Challenge. Kershaw's Challenge supports Arise Africa, Dream Center in Los Angeles, CURE International and Mercy Street in Dallas.
Each season the Texas Rangers Wives come together and participate in various charitable endeavors. Last season, the Wives partnered with Merrick Pet Care for Dogs Safe at Home, a full color, 26-card set of photos of Rangers players with canine companions. The photos were taken by Rangers team photographer and players posed with either their own dogs or dogs that were available for adoption from the Humane Society of North Texas adoption centers. Proceeds from the sales of the card set benefit the Humane Society of North Texas.
Rangers Wives hosted two Mystery Ball Sales during the 2014 season, with proceeds benefitting the Do It for Durrett Fund, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and Not For Sale. The Mystery Ball Sale gives fans the opportunity to purchase an autograph of their favorite Texas Rangers', while helping a good cause.
Last season, the Texas Rangers Clubhouse staff hosted the Wipe Out Kids Cancer (WOKC) kids for a pre-game picnic and Rangers game. The WOKC ambassadors and their families were able to meet players before the game and be introduced as part of a pre-game ceremony.