Nelson Cruz Honored For His Philanthropic Work
Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was honored for his philanthropic work during the recent trip to New York for the Yankees series.
At the event on April 14, called Boomstick & Friends, Cruz was presented with a proclamation by Adriano Espaillat, a fellow Dominican, who is a member of the New York state senate.
Also in attendance were Cruz’s teammates Robinson Canó, Leonys Martin, Joel Peralta and third base coach Manny Acta.
Cruz established the Boomstick Foundation, and has made it a priority to give back to those in need not only in his native Dominican Republic, but in Seattle and other communities in the U.S.
At the event, the first-ever Boomstick Scholarship was awarded to Diana Antigua, a student from the Bronx, who “represents the ideals and values needed to succeed in life.”
Earlier this year, Cruz in conjunction with the MLB Players Association, donated wheelchairs as well as other orthopedic necessities to his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic. He has also held baseball clinics for youth, and has donated baseball and softball equipment to leagues back home. Last year, Cruz became a spokesman for Aid for AIDS and its “Un Batazo Contra El VIH,” (A Hit Against HIV).
Cruz has also donated a fire truck and ambulances to his hometown fire department, and over the winter, he worked with the Seattle Fire Department to collect used equipment to outfit the community’s firefighters.
Cruz credits his parents as his inspiration for teaching him the value of education, and setting an example of giving back to the community. Both of Cruz’s parents were teachers, and his father was instrumental in establishing his community’s first fire station.
Senator Adriano Espaillat, member of the New York state senate, and a native of the Dominican Republic, presented Cruz with a Proclamation from the New York State Senate, for his great contributions to society & the youth.