Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp pledged to donate $1000 to the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes for every home run he hit until the All-Star break following Monday night’s Dodger game.
An Oklahoma City native, Kemp has now scratched that idea and will donate a $250,000 straight up to the victims of the tragedies near his hometown.
He released this statement to the Chris Singleton Foundation:
Dear Families of OKC,
On Monday, out of concern and emotion I committed $1,000.00 for every home run I hit until the All-Star Break. It was a quick and small gesture in advance of what I knew would be my greater contribution through your rebuilding process. I am keeping my pledge and in addition, donating $250,000.00. May God bless you through this and the many generous donations coming to your aid.” -Matt Kemp #PrayforOklahoma
Considering he’s not going to come anywhere close to hitting 250 homers in the next couple of months, this is a huge move by Kemp. Dodger fan or not, you have to recognize Kemp as one of the most stand-up guys in Major League Baseball, in addition to his impressive skills.
H/T to Eye on Baseball.
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