D-Backs’ Nick Ahmed and Luke Weaver join fans to Strike Out Poverty

Arizona Diamondbacks players Nick Ahmed and Luke Weaver have announced campaigns to Strike Out Poverty. (Submitted photo)

For many across the world, access to some of life’s most basic needs, like clean water and a nutritious meal, can be near impossible to come by.

With that in mind, nine Major League Baseball players have teamed up with Food for the Hungry, an organization serving the vulnerable in over 20 countries, to raise money through the Striking Out Poverty campaign, in an effort to meet the most urgent needs in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Working to make a global impact this MLB season, two local Diamondback players, Nick Ahmed and Luke Weaver, have announced pledgeit.org campaigns to Strike Out Poverty.

Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks’ shortstop and Gold Glove Winner, will be campaigning to help restore and develop communities in both Phoenix and the Dominican Republic.

This season Mr. Ahmed and his wife Amanda are committing up to a $75,000 match to double every dollar raised to serve the homeless and hungry in the Phoenix area, according to a press release.

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The match will also go toward building a community center in the DR that will serve as an early education and job training center as well as a medicine hub so the community can grow and thrive for generations to come.

Luke Weaver, Diamondbacks’ newest starting pitcher, will be campaigning to provide resources like medicine, medical supplies, construction materials as well as other necessities for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Mr. Weaver and his wife Olivia have donated $5,000 to kick off the campaign and with the help of matches from various partners, the starting amount has been brought up to $110,000.

In addition to that, throughout the season, Mr. Weaver is going to pledge $46 per strikeout, and with the addition of partner matches, every $1 equals $22, resulting in each strikeout amounting to $1,000, the press release stated.

“The start of the MLB season is always an exciting time, but having these local players that are so committed to the greater good on top of it all makes these games even more fun to watch,” Milam Byers, director of sports partnerships at Food for the Hungry, said in a prepared statement.

“We are excited to embark on our third year of changing lives, providing resources and looking past the scoreboard with the help of these players and their fans.”

Last year, Striking Out Poverty raised over $218,000 for some of the most under-served communities in the world.

Multiple projects were completely funded in the Dominican Republic including newly built baseball fields, the implementation of water infrastructure and purification systems, an agricultural training program and the completion of a multi-year cocoa farming project that serves five communities in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to that, Striking Out Poverty provided Syrian refugee families with enough diapers and milk to last a year, the press release stated.

The following MLB players are participating in Striking Out Poverty this year: Arizona Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed and Luke Weaver; Milwaukee Brewers Chase Anderson and Brent Suter; Seattle Mariners Dee Gordon and Sam Tuivailala; and St. Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha, Michael Mayers, Jack Flaherty.

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