Player of the Month
As we strive to achieve our mission, each month Sporting Generosity will identify an individual that has meant more to the sports world than his or her achievements on the field. This individual will have given back to the community by providing hope to a sick child, financial assistance to an underprivileged youth, or by becoming an advocate for a specific cause. These athletes are people who give back not out of obligation, but out of conviction in its necessity. With that said, please congratulate the October 2010 SG Player of the Month.
Billy Butler (October, 2010)
Billy Butler, born April 18, 1986, is the first baseman for the Kansas City Royals. Billy, originally from Orange Park Florida, was selected directly out of high school in the first round of the 2004 draft. Billy made his major league baseball debut on May 1, 2007 at the age of 21. Since that point in time, he's been one of the best players in the organization, both on and off the field. Billy was the Royals' 2010 nomination for the Roberto Clemente award, which is annually awarded to one major league baseball player for his outstanding commitment to the community.
Since his major league debut in 2007, Butler has been extremely active in the Kansas City community. Described as one of the "go-to" guys in the Royals' clubhouse in regards to charitable endeavors, Billy volunteers for all club-sponsored community events. He has auctioned off private instructions for the benefit of charitable organizations throughout the KC area and he regularly leads baseball clinics and other baseball related events designed to raise money and awareness for various charities.
In 2007, shortly after his promotion to the Royals' major league team, Billy's wife Katie began volunteering for a local organization called the Bishop Sullivan Center. The center is one of the largest providers of emergency assistance in the Kansas City area and its mission is to provide basic necessities to people who are unable to provide for themselves and to help them whenever possible become self-sufficient. Shortly after observing the need for the center's services, the Butler's became devoted to its mission and determined to help in any way possible.
In 2008, Billy and his wife Katie unveiled the "Hit-It-A-Ton" program to benefit the Bishop Sullivan Center. The program, designed to raise money by using Billy's on the field performance as a baseline, raised money through individual contributions by the Butlers, corporate contributions, and individual donations.
In 2008, 2009, and 2010 the program raised over $65,000, $75,000, and $100,000 respectively, all of which went to the Bishops Sullivan Center. The center used the majority of the proceeds to purchase food for the homeless and low income individuals in need of help. Collectively, this program has provided over 960 tons of food for those in need.
In general, the Bishops Sullivan Center serves over 50,000 meals per year, while providing other services such as medical needs, air conditioners, employment services, no interest loans, and groceries to families in need. Thanks to Billy and his wife Katie, the Bishop Sullivan Center can continue to prosper.
Finally, please help the Butler's cause and consider a donation to the Bishop Sullivan Center today. No donation is too small. Please click here to Sport Your Cause.
The Babac'Ards Foundation, founded by Boris Diaw of the Charlotte Bobcats, has a mission of improving the lives of Senegalese children. They are currently fundraising to open a women's training facility. Please click here for more information.
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