Monday, August 4, 2014
Whether it's hitting deep home runs or gunning down runners, there's little that Wando outfielder Kep Brown can't do on the baseball field.
His feats on the diamond have garnered the rising high school senior national acclaim and college scholarship offers but this week he's hoping to put all the attention to good use for others.
As part of this year's Perfect Game All-American Classic, Brown is attempting to raise $2,000 for the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California.
Rady is the largest children's hospital in California and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a national leader in pediatric cancer research.
Perfect Game is donating ticket proceeds from the annual all-star event and is encouraging each of its 54 high school All-Americans to participate in the fundraising.
While in San Diego preparing for the game, players spend time at Rady visiting with patients and playing with children. Brown says being able to use baseball to give back to those in need is one of his favorite parts of the game.
“Getting to help the children's hospital is the best part of this whole experience and the part I'm looking forward to the most,” Brown said. “I've always prided myself in giving back and hopefully if baseball becomes my job, I can continue to give back to foundations like that.”
This year's Perfect Game Classic will also feature a “Stand Up for the Fight Against Cancer” seventh-inning stretch to help raise awareness.
Those interested in helping can donate through Brown's Miracle Makers fundraising page. Since 2003, the Perfect Game All-American Classic has raised nearly $1 million dollars for charity.
“These kids need this money,” Brown said. “Every penny counts and every donation can help save a life.”
Brown is ranked as one of the nation's top 30 baseball players in the class of 2015. Last season, he helped Wando to 19 wins and a trip to the Class AAAA Lower State tournament.
Frankie Mansfield, the sports reporter for the Moultrie News can be seen all around the state following teams to meets, games, and matches. For score updates, breaking sports news, and more, follow @fjmansfield on Twitter and like Moultrie News Sports on Facebook.