Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gregory Polanco pays his blessings forward through involvement in the Striking Out Poverty campaign in the Dominican Republic

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco spent time in his native Dominican Republic during the offseason ensuring that his time on the planet is well-spent.

Polanco is an enthusiastic supporter of the Striking Out Poverty campaign through Food for the Hungry. The organization works to assist some of the world's most vulnerable communities by providing resources as basic as clean water, medical aid, food, education and vocational training and most importantly, hope. The Striking Out Poverty campaign is a baseball-themed effort focused on nine impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic in need of basic resources.