All proceeds from this event go to the PitCCh In Foundation and the New York Yankees Foundation. Founded in 94, the PitCCh In Foundation hosts events throughout the year in the New York tri-state area and Sabathia’s hometown of Vallejo, CA to enrich the lives of inner-city children through education and sports. The New York Yankees Foundation is committed to dedicating resources to support, develop and implement initiatives that provide positive educational, recreational and social opportunities for area youth.
“It’s been a lot of fun using the stadium for our foundation,” Sabathia said. “It started with basketball at the Barclays Center. I wanted to turn it around and do something that everyone could be a part of. We all thought softball would be good. The Yankees are a great partner. The foundation is amazing.” He has been helping those in need since his days in Cleveland, the team that drafted him. He was inspired to help, thanks to former Major League Baseball player Dave Stewart. When Sabathia was growing up in Vallejo, Stewart showed up at the boys’ club of which Sabathia was a member.
“I had the opportunity to meet Dave Stewart when I was 9 years old and it changed the way I saw athletes,” Sabathia said. “I wanted to be noticed in the community, not just on the field. That’s a big reason we started PitCCh In.”
Following in Sabathia’s footsteps is Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. He owns the ALL RISE Foundation, which “encourages children and youth to realize limitless possibilities and inspire them to be responsible citizens by engaging them in activities that engage them.”
“Seeing this with judges and others who love giving back is rewarding because they see what we do,” Sabathia said. “Dominic Smith has done a lot of things. JP Crawford [does that]. There are a lot of people helping out in their communities.”