Giving back to the Bay Area comes naturally to Brandon Crawford, the Bay Area native who was raised in Pleasanton, Calif. and grew up a Giants fan attending games at both Candlestick Park and Oracle Park. He knows first-hand the impact the players and team can have on the community. Throughout his decade-long career in San Francisco, the humble and soft-spoken shortstop has found ways to give back in meaningful and impactful ways to the people and community who helped to shape his life.
After learning about fellow Pleasanton native and Oakland A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty’s mom succumbing to ALS, Brandon, with the help of his father, Mike, stepped up to support the mission to find a cure for ALS. Each year the Crawfords host the Crawford Family Golf Tournament, which, since 2019, has raised more than $250,000 toward research for a cure. A 2022 Lou Gehrig Award finalist, Brandon joined the Lou Gehrig Award team to present a custom, state-of-the-art, Giants-themed wheelchair to a person living with ALS in honor of Lou Gehrig Day. Brandon has built relationships with dozens of people living with ALS and understands the importance of finding a cure and providing support to those living with this horrible disease.
Brandon is incredibly thankful for his health and the health of his family which makes him acutely sympathetic to those who aren’t as fortunate. Realizing that the children he was meeting through regular Make-A-Wish visits at Oracle Park were the same age as his kids, he developed a new perspective on the struggles those families face on a daily basis. In 2021, Brandon and his wife, Jalynne, collaborated with former Giant Andrew McCutchen and his wife, Maria, for “Catch a Cure,” in which proceeds from a special clothing line benefitted the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. The Crawfords create initiatives each season that support children and their families who are experiencing a fight against cancer.
During the 2021 season, Brandon teamed up with the Giants Community Fund, the Good Tidings Foundation and the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department to renovate Gilman Field, located in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco – just blocks from Candlestick Park where Brandon fell in love with baseball. The field renovation included new dugouts, benches and grass for the infield and outfield. It is used by Junior Giants, the free, non-competitive youth baseball and softball program run by the Giants Community Fund, of which Brandon is a loyal supporter, as well as the neighborhood kids and families.
As the son of a teacher, Brandon has prioritized supporting educational initiatives like the NBC Sports Bay Area All-Star Teacher Awards, the Step Up to the Plate for Education grant program and the Junior Giants education curriculum by lending his name and celebrating those who keep education at the forefront of our society.
The two-time World Series champion and three-time National League All-Star, Silver Slugger and Gold Glover’s skills on the field speak volumes of his ability and athleticism, but the accolades that embody who he is as a person are his five Giants' MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Awards and the Giants' Willie Mac Award, which is bestowed upon a Giants player by his teammates for best exemplifying the spirit and leadership consistently shown by Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.
At his annual youth baseball camps Brandon tells campers that one of the main rules of camp is to perform at least one random act of kindness every day. He explains to the kids that it causes a ripple effect of good, and you’ll never know just how far that good will travel. In the case of Brandon, his kindness has traveled further than he could have ever imagined.