Mike Trout Hits Big with Big Brothers and Big Sisters
By Grant Avise
Mike Trout knows he’s good at baseball. He doesn’t have to come out and publicly say it like some other people in baseball, but he knows it.
Mike Trout has teamed up with Big Brothers and Big of Orange County and Inland Empire to help raise awareness, along with funds for the nonprofit organization but he needs your help.
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Here is where you come in. When you make a pledge of minimum $5 per home run or make a 1 time donation of $100 you will be entered in a drawing to win a signed Mike Trout bat.
If you really step-up to the plate and make a donation of $10 per home run or a flat rate of $200, you will automatically receive a one of a kind, exclusive, limited edition Mike Trout/ Big Brothers Big Sisters T-shirt, as well as entered in the drawing for the bat.
You can make donation as big or as little as you want to.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the world’s largest mentoring program. Last year alone over 2,400 kids were provided with a Big Brother/Big Sister between Orange County & Inland Empire. That’s huge!
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This cause hits very close to home with me. Never having met my own father, my mom signed me up for a big brother when I was 10 years old. It wasn’t until I was almost 13 that I actually was matched with my big brother, Bernie. Over the years, Bernie and I have done countless events together. From him teaching me to surf and pulling me out of a riptide, to professional and collegiate events, and him helping me stay on track, encouraging me to do the right things and go to college after high school.
It has been more than 17 years since Bernie and I were matched and we still hangout to this day. I don’t know where I would be without his influence on my life. My uncle, also was matched with a big brother when he was 11 years old. Now he 57. That is more than 46 years of friendship and guidance. I can tell you first hand that this organization does good work and it lasts a lifetime.
Trout’s goal is to get $400 per homerun. Currently the total sits at $158.20 per home run between 34 pledges. The amount raised is estimated thus far is $4,472. I know that this community can not only hit that goal but shatter it.
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To learn how you can donate visit: pledgeit.org/miketrout
To find out other ways to get involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters visit ocbigs.org