For his philanthropic efforts, the DANF presented him with a Blue Flame of Achievement Award during its 5th Annual Dominican Heritage Night with the Miami Marlins on August 24th, 2018. His award was presented by the Vice Chairman, Henry E. Marines, Esq. as part of the pre-game ceremonies at Marlins Park. The DANF also donated $250 to his clean water initiative in the remote villages of the Dominican Republic. Thank you Dee for making the world a better place!
Miami Marlins second basemen, Dee Gordon, announced his pledge to support Striking Out Poverty, a baseball-themed campaign to raise funds for life-giving education, healthcare, water and agriculture in the Dominican Republic. Gordon is personally donatED $200 for every stolen base through the end of the 2017 regular season. Fans can join him in changing lives by making a pledge of their own for a chance to win exclusive rewards at pledgeit.org/dee-gordon. Funds raised were used to support Striking Out Poverty’s community development projects in nine of the poorest communities in the Dominican Republic; each community represents an inning. Striking Out Poverty works through Food for the Hungry to improve water infrastructure and purification systems, build community centers, implement sports programs, revitalize baseball fields, and offer training to local leadership and farmers.
“My time in the Dominican inspired me to make a difference. I didn’t know that these communities didn’t have clean water, that was shocking to me,” said Gordon. “It’s not okay for kids not to have clean drinking water, for people to be hungry for no reason.” Gordon’s continued support for Striking Out Poverty comes after his first experience with the organization in January 2017. Gordon joined its mission trip to the Dominican Republic where he met with community members to learn more about what resources are needed, encouraged youth and conducted baseball clinics, as well as help install a new water tower. Gordon’s goal to raise $10,000 through his Pledge It campaign will be made possible by fans who make their own pledge. Fans who join the campaign will be eligible for rewards such as autographed items, game tickets, meet and greets, and on-field experiences.