Chris Archer, the Rays, and Good Sports Team Up for PAL

stpete Uncategorized 0 November 2, 2017

On June 30th, Rays’ starting pitcher Chris Archer, President Brian Auld, and mascot Raymond came to St. Petersburg PAL to donate more than $13,000 in baseball and other athletic equipment.

This was the second time in the three years that Chris Archer has been with the Rays for a full season that he has made a generous equipment donation to PAL

In addition to presenting the donation, Chris spoke with a group of PAL youths, who gave their complete attention to the youthful star.

The extraordinary partnership forged between the Tampa Bay Rays, pitcher Chris Archer, and the organization Good Sports One has been one of the best things to happen for underprivileged youth in the Tampa Bay area has been.

Good Sports is a not-for-profit organization that provides athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged youths nationwide.

So far this year, the Rays, Chris Archer, and Good Sports have partnered to give Tampa Bay area youth organizations and schools more than $67,000 in athletic equipment.

So far this year, the Rays, Chris Archer, and Good Sports have partnered to give Tampa Bay area youth organizations and schools more than $67,000 in athletic equipment.

Much More than a Baseball Star

Those who attended our 2015 “Brinner” (breakfast for dinner) fundraiser in February will remember Chris as our keynote speaker.

The 26-year old All Star donates, along with the Rays and WTSP 10 News, $75 for each strikeout he records to the Tampa RBI program and Burg Baseball. With 252 strikeouts in 2015, that’s $18,900 raised for those organizations.

Chris can be found making frequent visits to All Children’s Hospital, area high schools, foster homes, and the Pinellas Juvenile Detention Center. He also visits MLB RBI programs while on the road, this season visiting programs in Philadelphia, Toronto, Cleveland, and Detroit.

In his hometown of Raleigh, NC, Chris has established the Archway Foundation in an effort to empower underserved youth.

Roberto Clemente Award Nominee

For all of the volunteer work he does, the contributions he makes, and the way he conducts himself on the field, Chris Archer is the Rays’ nominee for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. He is one of 30 finalists (one from each major league team) for the award that recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball on and off the field.

We at PAL appreciate everything that Chris Archer has done and continues to do for disadvantaged youth in the Tampa Bay area. In an era in which professional athletes are so often portrayed in a negative light, Chris Archer reminds us all of our better selves.

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