A trade at the deadline brought Kyle Gibson to Philadelphia in 2021. Phillies fans may recall that the veteran pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout during his debut with the team Aug. 1. Within a week of solidifying the starting rotation, local families began to feel the impact of their newest pitcher’s heart.
Kyle first introduced himself to Philadelphia by inviting his new teammates and fans to join him as he organized a giving campaign to aid local families and children struggling amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Through the #ALLWIN initiative, Kyle made a personal donation for each win and strikeout for the remainder of the season. Two local charities benefitted significantly: Cradles to Crayons, which supports low-income and homeless children, and Philabundance, which serves those facing food insecurity in the Philadelphia area.
Kyle also brought his charity fantasy football league to Philadelphia. A fundraiser was held virtually and supported Help One Now, an organization that empowers families in developing countries to end extreme poverty. Kyle was still just getting started in his new community.
Philadelphia maintains the highest deep-poverty rate of large U.S. cities. Compelled to make a difference, Kyle started planning early in the 2022 season. In Spring Training, he donated his time to the Phillies Phantastic Auction to raise money for the Phillies Charities, Inc. grant fund and the ALS Association-Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
In April, he launched a new #ALLWIN Philadelphia Campaign, again supporting Philabundance, the area’s largest hunger relief organization.
In May, he initiated a charitable program to provide game tickets, food and special outings for groups of Phillies fans that otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend a game. He began welcoming guests of all ages, meeting at length with South Philadelphia youth groups, youth baseball teams and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
Kyle also kicked off a 2022 Philly Fantasy Football League and an indoor golf event, Swinging for Impact, partnering with teammate Zach Eflin on Aug. 21 in Mt. Laurel, N.J. Funds raised benefited Help One Now as well as Kisses for Kyle, a charity which supports families whose children are battling cancer.
Kyle is the kind of person that is willing to pour his heart, soul and resources into helping others. Long before his arrival to the Phillies, Kyle and his wife, Elizabeth, embarked on mission trips with the nonprofit Big League Impact to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Big League Impact was started in 2013 by Roberto Clemente Award winner Adam Wainwright (2020). The charity helps people meet basic human needs, including food, clean water, medical care, shelter and education. Inspired by this work, Kyle and Elizabeth committed their time to further support charities including Help One Now and Food for the Hungry to fight human trafficking and poverty. Incredibly, Kyle also became a leading player in the building of a Secondary School in Haiti’s Ferrier Village. The school is a refuge for orphaned children who have been rescued from traffickers or who are at a high risk of being trafficked. Kyle’s work includes ongoing funding of school supplies and hot meals for the students. His generosity of time led him to assume the role of vice president of Big League Impact. Kyle has helped Big League Impact’s expansion among players across the league with other teams and cities.
Kyle’s commitment has strengthened each year. Fundraisers he personally hosted last year include #ALLWIN, Fantasy Football and Big League Blast Clays Shooting tournament, raising more than $108,000 for charity.
As a husband, father, teammate, competitor and humble volunteer, serving and caring for others has become part of Kyle’s character during his nearly decade-long baseball career. Philadelphia now knows that before he takes the mound for his next start and before he records his next strikeout, Kyle Gibson has already earned the win for so many in the community.