PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- David Price hammed it up on Sunday to help promote "Bowl for Kids' Sake."
The reigning Cy Young Award winner performed a little lawn bowling from the pitcher's mound on Field 5 with Sir. Giorgio Evans, 11, and Giani Swain, 12, of Tampa.
For the second consecutive year, Price is participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters' largest fundraiser of the year. Price is encouraging his fans to get in the game by helping raise money for the agency. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides caring adult mentors to children facing adversity in the Tampa Bay community.
Funds raised from Bowl For Kids' Sake will allow the agency to pair more children with carefully screened volunteers, as well as provide professional ongoing support for each volunteer mentor (Big) and child (Little). Fans are encouraged to collect donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters and win a chance to be a VIP at the David Price Bowling Party. The best part is the money raised will stay in the Tampa Bay community.
Last year, at the first David Price Bowl For Kids' Sake event, fans raised more than $27,000. Price hopes that number climbs higher this year.
"I'm very excited," Price said. "Something I was able to do last year. It was a very good turnout. It was good to be around all those people who support Big Brother and Sisters and support the Rays. It was a lot of fun to do it last year, a bunch of people there bowling and having a good time. Pizza. They had all the refreshments. It was fun and for a great cause. If it's helping kids, I like it."
Price feels fortunate to have come from a good family with a solid home life and plenty of friends in his neighborhood, and he has sympathy for others not as fortunate. He likes what Big Brothers Big Sisters brings to the table.
"Having [somebody from] Big Brothers Big Sisters there to just give you advice or beat you in video games, whatever it is, somebody to hang out with," Price said. "And being able to hang out with somebody older than you is always fun. It's something I definitely cherished as a kid [having older brothers in his family] and I still do, today. I was very fortunate to have two older brothers."
Here's how those wanting to participate can do so:
• Join Price's online fundraising team at www.bbbsfl.org or call Amy Hollington at 813-769-3636.
• Top 30 fundraisers (minimum of $1,000 in paid donations received by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay by March 25) will be eligible for the VIP Party
• The David Price VIP Bowling Party on March 29 is by invitation only -- details will be sent to guests, but includes four guest passes, two bowling games with shoes, food and drinks, T-shirts, goodie bags, Pin Chasers gift cards, and other gifts all month long.
• For updates and a chance to win more prizes, follow David Price on Twitter @DavidPrice14
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less