Dee Strange-Gordon Gives Back, Hosts Baseball Clinic
See how Dee Strange-Gordon partnered with Wilson to give kids new baseball equipment.
Committed to giving back to his home state and sharing his love of baseball with local kids, one Wilson Advisory Staff member hosted a gear giveaway at the same location where a big league club first discovered his talent.
Dee Strange-Gordon hosted a drive-thru equipment giveaway and a baseball clinic at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla. on Saturday, January 30, creating an opportunity for kids from the Treasure Coast area to get involved in the game. Strange-Gordon partnered with Wilson Sporting Goods, Pitch in For Baseball & Softball and Major League Baseball to give out gear to more than 100 children and host a clinic for 20 kids from the Vero Beach RBI baseball program and SafeSpace – an agency that provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence.
“We’ve been thinking and planning for like two, three months,” Strange-Gordon said on MLB Network the day before the event. “Lots of Zoom calls with Pitch in For Baseball (& Softball), Wilson and my agent.”
That planning paid off when 115 kids stopped by over the course of two hours to receive baseball equipment from Strange-Gordon. Cars lined up before 10:30 a.m. for the event that began at 11.
The gear giveaway featured a variety of youth baseball equipment supplied by Wilson and Pitch in for Baseball & Softball, including a bat backpack, batting helmet, baseball, and a plastic bat and ball set. The 20 kids who participated in the hour-long baseball clinic also received new cleats and a glove so they could play that day.
Amanda Bracken, the Coordinator of Marketing and Retail for the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, was on the ground in Vero Beach for Strange-Gordon’s event, and she said it was a huge success.
“It was really awesome just to see all the kids so happy to meet (Dee), both through the drive-thru portion and also the clinic portion,” Bracken said.
During the baseball clinic, Strange-Gordon spent an hour teaching and playing with participants from Vero Beach RBI and SafeSpace. He worked one on one with kids at the clinic, ensuring they all got the chance to meet him.
“Dee also seemed to have an absolute blast training and playing with the smaller group in the stadium for the clinic portion of the day,” Bracken said. “And of course the kids were thrilled to have some new equipment to play ball with.”
Strange-Gordon and the event hosts had to adjust for COVID-19, requiring participants to wear masks and practice social distancing, but the 10-year big league veteran still made the most of the day.
“He still got to have a lot of engagement with the kids, which was great,” Bracken said. “Dee and his three friends that he brought were extremely proactive in getting the equipment ready and were so enthusiastic and engaging with the kids in the cars as they distributed the equipment.”
Wilson charity partner Pitch in For Baseball & Softball collects new and gently used sporting equipment for children in need. To learn more and see how you can help, visit their website at pifbs.org.