Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer Friday announced a season-long initiative dubbed “Ks for a Cause” to support local nonprofit organizations focused on STEM and youth programming in the greater Los Angeles area.
Bauer says he’ll donate $1,000 per strikeout throughout the regular season. Each month, a different nonprofit organization will be designated, and Bauer will fully fund the initiative through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
Bauer will also partner with the foundation to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations.
“I’ve done charity things throughout my career, sometimes I don’t talk about them,” Bauer told SportsNet LA, the regional sports network that carries the Dodgers’ games.
“I don’t need to brag about the things I do but I wanted to make this one public, especially in partnership with the Dodgers and their foundation. Just something I can give back to the community.”
Bauer said he will highlight the organizations on his YouTube Channel and with limited-edition merchandise on his website, with all proceeds from sales benefiting that month’s designated beneficiary organization, which in April is Think Together. Founded in 1997, Think Together delivers nationally recognized early learning and afterschool programs and student support services.
Specifically, Bauer’s donation will help fund afterschool science, technology, engineering, math and robotics programming for middle school students in southeast Los Angeles.
Bauer struck out 10 batters in 6 1/3 innings in his Dodger debut later Friday, an 11-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies in Denver.
The former UCLA and Hart High School standout held Colorado hitless through six innings, then allowed a leadoff single to Trevor Story in the seventh, followed by a home run by Charlie Blackmon.
Bauer walked the next batter he faced, C.J. Cron, then allowed a home run by Ryan McMahon. Bauer struck out the final batter he faced, Garrett Hampson, before being relived by David Price.