Players Choice Awards – Charitable Donations from Felix and Chris

MLB’s end-of-season awards are in full swing and Mariners players have been featured among the finalists and winners.

Players Choice Awards, which are voted on by the players themselves, were given out tonight on the MLB Network. Felix Hernandez received the American League Outstanding Pitcher and Chris Young was named American League Comeback Player. (Chis was also named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year two weeks ago.)

In honor of each winner, the Major League Baseball Players Trust donates grants to the charity of the player’s choice. Felix has chosen Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington as the recipient of his $20,000 grant, and Young has designated DonorsChoose.org as beneficiary of his $20,000 donation.

Since arriving in Seattle, Felix has reached out to numerous kids with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to help bring hope and joy to each child. He has visited hundreds of children at local hospitals and has granted wishes and entertained kids from the Make-A-Wish on numerous occasions. He also helps Make-A-Wish fundraising events and has donated countless autographed items over the years.

Sophia Robinson of Anchorage, Alaska, fulfilled her wish to meet Felix Hernandez in 2013. He’s kept in close touch with the family ever since.

Sophia Robinson of Anchorage, Alaska, fulfilled her wish to meet Felix Hernandez in 2013. He’s kept in close touch with the family ever since.

Young’s award will benefit Seattle projects listed on DonorsChoose.org, an online crowd-funding model that teachers use to pay for supplies, technology or experiences they want their students to have. (Sort of like Kickstarter for small, classroom-based projects.) Chris and his wife Liz are longtime supporters of education and have themselves made several donations to worthy projects through DonorsChoose.org.

Chris Young, right, is joined by teammates and volunteers at the MLBPA Buses for Baseball event that gave a group of underserved kids a day at Safeco Field.

Chris Young, right, is joined by teammates and volunteers at the MLBPA Buses for Baseball event that gave a group of underserved kids a day at Safeco Field.

In honor of Felix and Chris, the Mariners will make donations to Make-A-Wish and DonorsChoose.org in their names.

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