Although selected as an MLB All-Star for the first time in his career in 2022, Jose Trevino is no stranger to being an “All-Star” off the field with his community endeavors. Growing up in Ben Bolt and Alice, two small towns outside of Corpus Christi, Texas, Jose’s passion for baseball came from his father, Bugé. Having spent more than 35 years as a volunteer youth coach and umpire himself, it was his dad who equally influenced his work in the community.
“As parents, my mom and dad always taught me life lessons, and the lessons you get in baseball are the same ones you get in life. It drives me. My dad loved to coach kids and I do too. I love being around kids when they are experiencing the good things in baseball as well as the bad times,” said Jose.
Since 2017, Jose has held Trevino’s Toy Drive, a project that collects hundreds of toys and monetary donations that are delivered to families in need of assistance during the holidays. The toy drive has assisted many organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Alice and the West Side Helping Hand. In 2021, Jose held his Trevino Toy Drive Classic, a youth baseball tournament in Dallas that saw 50 youth baseball teams participate. As part of the weekend, approximately 5,000 unwrapped toys and clothes were collected and donated to Operation Once in a Lifetime, an organization that serves U.S. servicemembers, veterans and their families.
In addition to his annual toy drive, Jose is involved with various other community projects. Recently, he raised money for charity through the sales of his "Hip Hip Jose" T-shirts. This year, in partnership with Big League Impact, Jose started a campaign to raise money for Special Hearts in the Arts, an organization that provides the opportunity for individuals with special needs to showcase their artistic talents. For every extra-base hit Jose registers during the 2022 season, he will donate funds that directly assist programming for all individuals participating in this program. Annually through his partnership with New Balance, Jose sponsors one class at an elementary school in his hometown of Corpus Christi by providing free sneakers to each child in the group.
As part of the Yankees’ HOPE Week initiative in 2022, Jose, along with his teammates and coaches, welcomed 16-year-old Landis Sims to Yankee Stadium. Sims, who was born without hands and feet, made his varsity baseball team as a high school freshman. In addition to welcoming Sims at Yankee Stadium, other limb-deficient athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation joined Jose and the Yankees for batting practice and baseball skills instruction on the field. Describing the experience with Sims, Jose said, “It’s impressive what he’s doing. It almost seems like he’s kind of the pioneer of everything. I think kids younger than him are going to look up to him one day. If they’re not already, they should be because it’s pretty impressive what he’s doing.”
Jose Trevino exemplifies what it means to be an All-Star on and off the field. Even with a move to a new city, Jose continues to seek opportunities to support those in need, whether it be in New York or Corpus Christi. Regardless of the setting, Jose has proven to be a winner in the community.