I'm thinking of various ways to change what goes on here in this space. I've been at this for almost six seasons, and it's not that I'm bored, but rather that I'm looking for ways to expand.
Towards the end of last year, Ian Desmond, short stop for the Washington Nationals, announced his "Spread the Glove" campaign. He was going to donate the proceeds of his merchandise sales to charity, and asked, via Twitter, for suggestions for charities. So I wrote a little essay about Right to Play and sent it in.
and I felt pretty happy that something I wrote inspired someone to action. By happy, I mean "drunk with power."
So in the spirit of that interaction, I'm looking to be a bit more philanthropic with this space. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet, but the first, most basic thing is I've put donate links to three charities/non-profits whose mandates match my own values. I strongly believe in the power of art and sports in the way it can improve the lives of youth all over the world. I know how both of these things have affected me in my own life.
Jays Care Foundation creates opportunities for children and youth in need by providing access to programs that promote regular physical activity, encourage the pursuit of higher education and impart fundamental life skills.
Right To Play's mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities.
Art for AIDS International's goal is to educate people about HIV and AIDS and encourage them to play an active and creative role in the global AIDS response through art. I've been working with this organization, doing PR and design work for a few months now and the work they do is really amazing.
I encourage all of you to take a look at all these organizations by clicking on those pictures in the sidebar to learn more and consider making a donation.