Big Vision: Nonprofit, Dodgers, Give Free Glasses to Kids

In April 2012, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney and Austin Beutner, a civic leader and candidate for mayor, showed up at Castelar Elementary School in Chinatown for the launch of Vision To Learn. The program gives free eyeglasses to kids who need but don’t have or can’t afford them, on the idea that…

UConn pitcher, 5-year-old linked by cancer fights

It started as a team effort to help a sick child.Now UConn pitcher Ryan Radue says the boy from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, showed him how to approach battling cancer. The Huskies welcomed 5-year-old leukemia patient Grayson Hand to the team as part of program called Project Impact, which links teams and seriously ill children. Grayson got…

Nationals OF Harper designs cap to raise money for charity

Source: AP Bryce Harper’s many talents now include hat designer. The Washington Nationals outfielder has created a limited edition baseball cap that will go on sale Wednesday. Proceeds will go to Harper’s Heroes — a charity for children battling cancer — as well as theLeukemia & Lymphoma society. “I’m really hoping these hats sell and…

Insight and Diamondbacks provide technology to underprivileged students

Each year Insight and several partners team up with the Arizona Diamondbacks to reward underprivileged children who are academically exceeding. Through the Helios Foundation, these children have received full-ride scholarships to the Arizona university of their choice. And due to the generosity of our partners, we have been able to provide them the technology they…

Cancer survivor Tyler Austin thriving with RailRiders

Source: Times Leader / Paul Sokoloski – Click for more information on Paul The words still weigh on Tyler Austin, as if they were spoken yesterday. He was a high school senior with a bright baseball future ahead of him when he noticed an abnormal lump. He went to get checked. And he was told he…

McPherson community rallies behind child fighting cancer

Kaiden Schroeder loves baseball. He’s number six, and Friday night, so was everyone else in McPherson. You wouldn’t know it by watching him, but this eleven year old has been through a lot in his short life. “He was diagnosed with Leukemia back in 2009, coming up on seven years ago now, and he’s pretty…

Watt warms up for his fourth charity softball classic

JJ Watt, 27, expects his fourth JJ Watt Charity Classic to be great, too. It benefits the Justin J. Watt Foundation. Watt’s first three charity games were sold out at Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters. Watt moved it to Minute Maid Park this year to raise more money for his foundation. Tickets…

Every Child Gets a Chance to Play Baseball at Miracle League Arizona

With the support of many community partners, the Miracle League of Arizona is able to offer a safe and successful baseball experience for children, teens and adults with disabilities or special health care needs. Our players start at the age of four and go up into adulthood. There are different teams for the various ages…