Results tagged ‘ YMCA Challenger ’
Mark Teahen’s charitable efforts in the Kansas City community earned him the Hutch Award yesterday. The national award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both on and off the field. Teahen, traded to Chicago on November 6, is the first member of the White Sox to win the award. George Brett (1980), Dennis Leonard (1986) and Mike Sweeney (2007) are past Hutch recipients. This was Teahen’s second year as a finalist for the award.
Teahen is the spokesperson for the YMCA Challenger Baseball program in Kansas City. His fundraising efforts with the program include an annual fashion show. He also participated in countless community events, including the Royals AbilityCAMP, an interactive baseball camp for children with disabilities. Thank you Mark for your work in the Kansas City community!
Mark Teahen received his award tonight as the Royals nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award Presented by Chevy. Teahen is the local spokesperson for Challenger, a program which removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off of the baseball field. He was joined on the field tonight by (l to r) Karl Kramer, District Sales Manager for Chevy; Michelle Ford, Senior Vice President of Adaptive Programming for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City; and Scott and Lisa Hallier, YMCA Challenger Advisory Council members and co-chairs of the “Mark Teahen – Challenge Your Fashion” event. Congratulations to Mark and Challenger Baseball!
Mark Teahen is the Royals nominee for the 2009 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy. He is one of 30 Major League Club nominees for the national Clemente Award, which is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines exceptional performance on the baseball field with devoted work in the community. Fans are encouraged to participate in the selection of the national winner. From September 2 through October 4, 2009, fans can log on to www.chevy.com/clemente and vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. One lucky fan will win a trip to game three of the World Series where they will meet the award winner, the Clemente family and participate in the Clemente Award presentation!
Teahen will be recognized in a pregame ceremony prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, September 8. He is involved in a number of outreach efforts in the Kansas City area, including the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball. The local Challenger Division, which is administered through the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, removes barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field.
Since becoming the local Challenger spokesman in October 2006, Teahen has been involved in a number of events to help bring funds and visibility to the program. For the past two years, he has hosted his own offseason fundraiser – “Challenge Your Fashion.” The benefit has raised more than $275,000 and is now a signature fundraising event for the local Challenger program. Plans are already underway for “Challenge Your Fashion” to return in January 2010.
Congratulations to Mark on his nomination for the Clemente Award!