ST. PETERSBURG -- For the third consecutive year, Rays ace David Price will help to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters by offering his support to the organization.
Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs adult mentors with children who are facing adversity. The volunteers (called "Bigs") spend one-on-one time with their mentees (called "Littles"), helping with homework, going to the park or watching a ballgame. Funds raised during the David Price Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser will help pay for the background checks and training of volunteers, as well as the support and supervision of each Big/Little "match."Last year, Price's efforts brought in more than $30,000; he's hoping to see that number climb this year.
"I've had a chance to meet some of the Bigs and Littles, and it's amazing to hear about their relationships," Price said. "Kids who may have been struggling in school end up having better grades and staying out of trouble, thanks to the support of their Big Brother or Big Sister. Now, these same kids will have a chance to pursue their dreams, whether it's being a baseball player or whatever the future holds."
Here's how you can join Price and help kids in the community:
Join Price's online fundraising team at www.bbbsfl.org by clicking on the bowling logo, or contact Amy Hollington at 813-769-3636.
The top 30 fundraisers (who raise a minimum of $1,000) in paid donations received by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay by March 21 will be eligible for the VIP Party, which includes an autographed David Price baseball, free bowling games, food, drinks, T-shirts and prizes.
The David Price VIP Bowling party on March 29 is by invitation only, and details will be sent to guests.
For updates and a chance to win more prizes, follow Price on Twitter @Davidprice14 or follow @BBBS_TampaBay.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.