New York Yankees starting pitcher and six-time all-star CC Sabathia kicked off his annual CC’s Christmas Caravan by hosting 19 at-risk teens for a night of bowling at the Mission Bowling Club.
“It means a lot for me, being from Vallejo, being from the Bay Area, to have the opportunity to go bowling with these kids,” Sabathia said. “It’s my favorite thing to do off the field.”
The teens, from Youth and Family Services of Vallejo, had an opportunity to bowl with Sabathia and his wife, Amber. Afterwards, Sabathia took the teens to Nike Town, where each one was treated to a $250 shopping spree and given a $100 gift card to bring back to their families.
The event was hosted by the PitCCh In Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by CC and Amber Sabathia that is dedicated to enriching the lives of inner-city youth.
“A lot of these teens never have an opportunity to get out of Vallejo and come to San Francisco,” Amber Sabathia said. “The event is about promoting self-esteem. We’re hoping CC can be a role model for them, as someone who grew up in the inner city and came out of that.”
After speaking with the press, Sabathia sat down with the kids and asked them where they were from. Then he picked a ball, walked up to the line, and threw it into the gutter.
Good thing he pitches for a living.