Today marks the 6th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Though the attacks had devastating and wide ranging effects on our nation, many positive actions have been taken since then. Americans and our international friends have united to help heal and rebuild our nation. My thoughts go out to all of those who were affected by these events.
Barry Zito (stats), a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, founded Strikeouts
For Troops in 2005 and contributes $400 for every batter he strikes out. Strikeouts for Troops is a non-partisan program Zito founded to honor U.S. service members and assist our war wounded by helping to provide “comforts of home” while being treated at military hospitals nationwide.
Several other MLB players have joined Strikeouts for Troops and donate a portion of their salary for every strikeout, hit, home run, or RBI they perform in a Major League game. Here is a list of participating players and their stats.
In honor of Patriot Day, September 11, USAA will team with Strikeouts for Troops, and contribute $400 for each strikeout occurring in a Major League game. There are 16 MLB games today, so let’s hope there are quite a few whiffs!
Thanks to these two great organizations for supporting out nation’s military family.
About Strikeouts For Troops:
Strikeouts For Troops was founded in April, 2005 after Barry Zito had the honor visiting with soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Since the foundation was started, Strikeouts For Troops has helped raise over $500,000 for injured military members, with 100% of the funds being distributed to those in need.
About USAA :
USAA is my favorite financial institution. They do just about everything – including banking, auto, home, and life insurance, financial planning, investments, and more. They even have the highest ranked credit card according to Consumer Reports. USAA membership is limited to members of the U.S. military, retirees, and their families, including grown children of USAA members. See if you are eligible to join. (It’s worth it!)