Charity comes first
Newly signed Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond has become one of baseball’s most respected players, in part because of his charitable endeavors: Desmond served on the board of directors of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in inner-city Washington. He donated his time, money and celebrity to promote youth baseball. With his wife, Chelsey, he participated in the Baseball Tomorrow Fund’s equipment drive that delivered more than 1,200 pieces of donated equipment for a Washington-area Little League. Desmond regularly visited Walter Reed National Medical Center. He is an active spokesman and advocate in the fight against neurofibromatosis. He helped raise more than $33,000 during an online campaign in May 2014. And in May 2015, he donated $1,000 for every run he scored for a total of $20,000 to the Neurofibromatosis Foundation.