Kyle Gibson joined the Phillies last month after living in one of the wealthiest suburbs in Minnesota during the seven seasons he spent playing for the Twins as their pitcher. He quickly realized that food insecurity can be everywhere after volunteering for a food bank that was sending supplies to a couple of schools in his town. Now he’s doing something different and combining his love for strikeouts.
Kyle Gibson Helps Those in Need
There are more than 11 million children in the United States that deal with food insecurity or a lack of consistent access to enough food to live a healthy and active life. In Minnesota, Kyle Gibson would stuff backpacks with food to give to students, he’s donated to food pantries during the two seasons he spent in Texas, and now he’s aligned with Philabundance and Cradles to Crayons, two foundations located in Philadelphia.
Philabundance is the largest food bank in the region. Last year alone, the food bank distributed 57 million pounds of food to those located in the Delaware Valley, that were in need. Cradles to Crayons also helps out those in need by providing children with essential items for school like books, backpacks, shoes, coats, and even toys.
Combining Giving Back and Baseball
This season, Kyle Gibson and his wife, Elizabeth, are going to donate Philabundance for every strikeout that he throws. For every Phillies win, the couple will also donate to Cradles to Crayons. Gibson is inviting fans to join him, and he even launched a website for the cause.
Gibson has 3 children with his wife Elizabeth, and they all have a passion to help kids both internationally and domestically. Any time they can help people in a tough situation, they do. Together with his wife, he’s gone on mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, raised over $160,000 for the Boys and Girls Club, and more.
Kyle Gibson started his donations during the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phillies game on August 19th. Now, each strikeout and win will be even more significant.
Folks, It’s Time to Accept Fate: NFL Season May Be Starting Late
Just one month ago, most of us wouldn’t have imagined ourselves where we are today. And many of us aren’t anywhere near thinking about what’s to come in five months’ time. Well, five months may seem like a long time from now – but not if you ask a professional football player.
In five months, the NFL is scheduled to start its 2020 season – but by the looks of it, that might not happen. Coaches and others in the league are starting to talk about pushing the schedule back a bit. Now, that doesn’t mean that it’s because things won’t be patched up nice and clean by that time – we’re almost certain and certainly hopeful that they will be! But between now and then, there’s a lot of practice that will need postponing.
In the meantime, the NFL has just recently closed all team facilities until the tentative date of April 8th, and canceled the upcoming Draft-related events scheduled in Las Vegas.
As of now, the scheduled April 23-25 dates for the Draft are set to continue – although many modifications will have to be made to compensate for the canceled time.
Word came in from the Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman of this “growing concern” around the NFL. For now, the best possible solution in talks is to shorten the season to 14 games.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 27, 2020
“I don’t see how there aren’t massive delays up and down the calendar, including delay to start of season,” the coach informed the report in a text.
Even more difficult right is accepting the hard truth that we just can’t know for sure. But whatever it is, the game will go on as soon as it can, and we will all get through this.
Many of us are excited to see several of these household players’ names on the backs of new jerseys this season. But those players deserve a chance to get in their groove with their new teams before going on to play one of America’s greatest sports!