Alex Gordon among 10 nominees for Hutch Award
Gordon has been a longtime supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Beginning during his rookie season in 2007, the 28-year-old outfielder has attended Alex’s Lemonade Stand events at area Hy-Vee grocery stores, participated in public service announcements, welcomed children diagnosed with cancer out to the ballpark and visited youngsters in the hospital. The Royals and ARAMARK, the official concessionaire of Kauffman Stadium, have partnered this year to donate a portion of the proceeds from each lemonade sale at the ballpark to ASLF. It is Gordon’s involvement in the charity that helped push this initiative to fruition. Gordon also serves as a local spokesperson for ALSF.
In addition, the Lincoln, Neb., native became a big supporter of the Diamond Dawgs – a 12-and-under baseball team from his hometown that were “Playing for Pink” by donning pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer after two members of the team lost their mothers to cancer. Rather than sticking with tradition by having their names across the backs of the jerseys, the Diamond Dawgs selected words such as hope, conquer and fearless in tribute of the fight against cancer.
Billy Butler was the award recipient last year. Royals recipients prior to Butler include George Brett (1980), Dennis Leonard (1986), Mike Sweeney (2007) and Mark Teahen (2009, received the award as a member of the White Sox after being traded).
Here’s the press release from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
Congrats to Alex on his nomination!