Cardinals Players in the Community

While the players are known for their work on the field, they are also committed to giving back to the community. The impact of their charitable work is both local, national and international in scale. Some players have their own foundations, others support causes close to their hearts and all have supported Cardinals Care in its efforts to enhance the lives of children throughout Cardinals nation.

YADIER MOLINA

Yadier Molina's Foundation4/Fundacion4's mission is to create happier lives and futures for the underprivileged children of Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria devastated the Puerto Rico, the focus expanded to aid the island in its recovery efforts and to date, nearly $1 million has been directed to the recovery.


Through his foundation, Yadier has funded a safe house for battered children in Dorado, purchased an anesthesia machine in Bayamon for Puerto Rico's Children's Hospital's pediatric oncology unit and annually hosts a Home Run Derby & Celebrity Softball Game in San Juan that brings together the community and professional baseball players.


For the past two years, Yadier has hosted his Foundation's Flavors of Puerto Rico charity event in St. Louis.


Yadier was recognized for his charitable giving as the 2018 League-wide Roberto Clemente Award winner.

ADAM WAINWRIGHT

Adam Wainwright founded Big League Impact with the mission to provide basic needs including food, clean water, medical care and shelter in an effort to restore dignity and hope to those in need across the globe. On behalf of his foundation, Big League Impact works with over two dozen MLB players to bring their charitable aspirations to life through Fantasy Football Drafts, game nights, and Swing for Impact events. In 2019, Adam hosted the 7th Annual Waino's World Fantasy Football Draft and the first St. Louis Swing for Impact event. Through Adam's leadership, by the end of 2019, $4.5 million will have been raised by 150 players to benefit 60 charities.


This season, Wainwright introduced the ALL WIN campaign that asked his teammates and fans to pledge a dollar amount for each Cardinals win to benefit those combating hunger in St. Louis.


BLI teamed up with Garth Brooks' foundation Teammates for Kids and MLB on the Home Plate Project league-wide initiative to support childhood hunger prevention and battle food insecurity. More than four dozen players donated $300,000 that will provide more than 3.6 million meals to over 25,000 children across the United States and Canada.


Adam annually hosts the Waino's Winners ticket program to bring children from across the St. Louis region to meet with him during batting practice and enjoy the game four times a season.

PLAYER TICKET PROGRAMS

During the 2019 season, players Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler, Paul Goldschmidt Carlos Martinez, Adam Wainwright and Kolten Wong each hosted a ticket program that brought deserving youth to games over the course of the season.

CARDINALS WIVES

While the Cardinals players compete on the field, their generous wives, fiancés, and girlfriends join together to make a difference throughout the St. Louis community. Each year, the Cardinals Wives give back through a variety of fundraisers for area charities.