Char­ity comes first

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Saun­ders, The Den­ver Post

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.

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