Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brandon Lowe is dedicated to improving the lives of those in need in the Tampa Bay community, with a special focus on mental health and youth baseball and softball. Currently in his fifth season with the Rays, Brandon’s impact extends far beyond the field and the clubhouse. He has made a significant impact in the Tampa Bay area with his leadership and dedication to the community.
In 2019, Brandon established his “Home Runs for Hope” campaign, in support of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. After tragically losing a family member to suicide, Brandon wanted to use his platform to destigmatize and bring awareness to mental health. Since 2019, for every home run that he hits, Brandon and the Rays Baseball Foundation donate to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. The Crisis Center provides a range of services to ensure that no one in the community has to face a crisis alone. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as the community gateway to help. People who are struggling with a variety of crisis situations, including sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts and other emotional or situational problems can connect to hope and heal. To date, the Home Runs for Hope campaign has raised more than $15,000 for the Crisis Center, while the amount of awareness around the Crisis Center’s services and the importance of mental health is immeasurable.
Brandon, along with his wife, Madison, a former collegiate softball player, is also very passionate about inspiring youth to play baseball and softball. Since the creation of the Lowe’s Legends program in 2019, Brandon and Madison have provided special experiences and financial support to Tampa Bay-area youth baseball and softball teams each season. The special experiences provide children with opportunities that they otherwise would not have, including attending Rays games and meeting and interacting with Brandon to learn more about his journey to the Majors. He also hosted a Lowe’s Legends clinic at Tropicana Field. His grants provide support for registration fees and equipment, allowing children whose families were hit especially hard during the COVID-19 pandemic the opportunity to play ball.
Brandon participated in this year’s Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL Weekend, attending the Rays event at West Tampa Little League. To launch the event, Brandon joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a new multipurpose field, ready to use for both baseball and softball. He then provided baseball and softball instruction and interacted with several hundred participants in the PLAY BALL activation.
Brandon has also supported critically ill children during his time with the Rays. He and Madison participated in Rays on the Runway, benefiting the Children’s Dream Fund. Based in St. Petersburg, the Children’s Dream Fund makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses living throughout West Central Florida. Rays on the Runway, a charity fashion show, features Rays players and their significant others walking the fashion runway with the “Dream Children.” In 2019, Rays on the Runway raised more than $100,000 for the Children’s Dream Fund.
Furthering his support of critically ill children, Brandon has visited local hospitals to raise the spirits of patients and their families. In 2019, Brandon delivered Starlight gowns to pediatric cancer patients in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.
The Tampa Bay Rays are proud of Brandon Lowe’s incredible work in our community. He exemplifies what it means to be a leader and serves as a great role model, as he continues to make an impact both on and off the field.