Earlier this month, the Texas Rangers received Major League Baseball’s 2018 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence from Major League Baseball, following a year when the team stood out for its charitable work in the Dallas and Arlington areas.
Particularly notable was the team’s work with the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program, which provides scholarship funds and mentorship to young students in the Arlington region. Rangers players have been the driving force behind the team’s growing reputation for charity.
Recently retired legend Adrian Beltre was known throughout his career for donating a significant portion of his salary every year to support youth baseball initiatives in each city he played in as well as in his home country, the Dominican Republic. More recently, he has hosted charity wine events with Uncork for a Cause, an organization that partners with professional athletes to raise money for those in need.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus has likewise supported local philanthropic efforts, focusing on education and people with intellectual disabilities. Andrus regularly hosts his favorite charities on game days and also regularly donates to the Special Olympics.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos and pitcher Martin Perez hosted a community event this past August to provide school supplies for over a thousand local children, a tradition the two have led for five straight years. They also receive support for the initiative every season from teammates, including Beltre.
Like Beltre, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo makes sure his home country isn’t forgotten, often donating to Korean charities and bridging the gap between his birthplace and his new home. In 2014, he contributed $100,000 to establish a Korean Cultural Center in Dallas.
Both the Rangers organization and its players are worthy of accolades for supporting their community, and the annual MLB award for charitable work is a fitting achievement.