In the summer of 2004, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, Kevin Muno and Randy Riley founded the Amateur Baseball Development Group (ABDG) with the mission to raise funds to help local Southern California high school baseball programs, and to organize leagues and teams for boys ages 14-23. The Annual Mike Scioscia Charity Golf tournament was created as the primary fund raiser to accomplish the ABDG goal to support amateur baseball players, and the funds have allowed ABDG to help improve local baseball facilities in local parks and donate grants to schools all over Southern California.
The ABDG also holds the Mike Scioscia Youth Clinic, a free event at Angels Stadium for baseball lovers of all ages. To date, the clinics have allowed thousands of kids to meet and learn from players and coaches at the major league level.
In 2010, Jered Weaver was named as a Sports Ambassador for the Special Olympics Southern California, a cause he has supported since his days at the California State University, Long Beach. The mission of Special Olympics is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport and competition. As a Sports Ambassador, Jered participates in Special Olympic events, including the annual Summer Games and a softball clinic, be featured in Special Olympics public service announcements, and provides autographed items for silent auctions.
Jered and his wife Kristin are passionate supporters of the Special Olympics, and host the "Gold Ball Mystery Grab Bag" event at Angels Stadium, benefitting the cause. With the help of the Angels Wives, Kristin and the Special Olympics athletes sold raffle tickets and Mystery Bags, and a few lucky fans won a signed gold ball and the opportunity to meet the player who signed it. All the proceeds directly benefited the Special Olympics Southern California.
In 2006 after meeting Micah Champagne, a young boy with severe hemophilia, C.J. Wilson founded the C.J. Wilson's Children's Charities (CJWCC). The goals of the charity are to raise funds, promote awareness, and more importantly, youth participation in community service and charitable giving that will directly benefit children and their families affected by chronic, life-threatening illnesses or dealing with social or financial challenges. CJWCC focuses on inspiring local children, teens and young adults to be involved in charity at an early age, making it entertaining and personally rewarding.
C.J. Wilson and his charity have supported and made generous donations to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Children's Hospital of Orange County. C.J. also holds an annual "THROW STRIKES" bowling tournament to raise money for the CJWCC.
In 2005, Albert and Deidre Pujols launched the Pujols Family Foundation (link), a non-profit dedicated to their "commitment to faith, family and others." Their organization aims to (1) promote awareness of Down syndrome and works to support those who have it and their families, (2) supports people with disabilities and/or life threatening illnesses and (3) aids the impoverished children and families living in the Dominican Republic.
Albert has taken several trips to the Dominican Republic, taking supplies as well as a team of doctors and dentists to the poor who need medical care. The Foundation also holds an annual golf tournament to raise money to send dentists to the Dominican Republic.
In 2012, Josh and Katie Hamilton founded The Four Twelve Foundation for the purpose of personally investing in the lives of individuals in need. Through four key objectives, the foundation seeks to provide for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of those individuals both in the United States and abroad.
It is the Hamilton's passion for baseball, conviction to help others, and awareness of the amazing opportunity of baseball that led to the establishment of The Four Twelve Foundation. The Hamilton's launched The Four Twelve Foundation to help others in ways they themselves have been graciously helped.