Cubs Pitcher Kerry Wood Out to Win For Kids
"I believe it is important to make a difference in a child's life," Wood says in a Cubs press release. "Sarah and I have committed ourselves to Chicago, and I would like to use my success on and off the field to help grow a foundation that will make a difference in a child's life."
Wood will serve as founder and president of the Wood Family Foundation, with his wife serving as co-founder and executive director.
"We have been fortunate to help so many children over the years," Sarah Wood says in the press release. "The creation of the new Wood Family Foundation will give us a chance to help many more children for years to come. Even though Kerry's full-time job is on the mound, Kerry's mind and heart are dedicated to making this foundation last for generations."
Since 2001, the Cubs report, Wood has centered his charitable work on children. His past efforts include the Kerry Wood Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament, which has raised more than $2 million for Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
"I am proud of the work I have done in the past, but when I see how dedicated former Chicago athletes are or were to philanthropies, like Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Bob Love, Walter Payton and Gayle Sayers, those people inspire me to do more and help more," Wood says in the release.
The first official Wood Family Foundation event will be the sixth-annual Kerry Wood Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament Sept. 18. The tournament will feature Wood's teammates from the Cubs and other local celebrities.
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