Former St. Louis Cardinal Kyle McClellan will be on hand at Taylor Stadium April 19
April 9, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball program is proud to announce that it will hold a `Brace For Impact Day' at Taylor Stadium on April 19 against Mississippi State. The day will benefit former St. Louis Cardinal Kyle McClellan's charity: Brace For Impact 46, which benefits children growing up in orphanages in Haiti. McClellan will be on hand at Mizzou's April 19 game against Mississippi State to sign autographs while there will be a variety of silent auction items courtesy of Kyle McClellan and Mizzou athletics.
McClellan's relationship with Mizzou baseball dates back to his high school days as he was signed to play with Mizzou baseball before being drafted in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by his hometown Cardinals in the 25th round. He pitched six years in the majors (five with St. Louis) and started 17 games for the 2011 Cardinals that won the World Series. He owns a career ERA of 3.79 in 268 games, pitching 387.1 innings.
McClellan and current Tiger righty Brett Graves have forged a relationship over the past several years as the two bonded over similar circumstances. Graves, a St. Charles native and Francis Howell graduate, was in a similar position to McClellan coming out of high school. Graves, like McClellan, was drafted by his hometown Cardinals out of high school while being signed to come to Mizzou. But unlike McClellan, Graves continued his baseball career at Mizzou and the two have since built a friendship based on their similar circumstances. It is that relationship which has led to Mizzou baseball getting involved with McClellan's charity.
During the April 19 game, McClellan will be on hand to sign autographs for all Mizzou and Cardinal fans with donations going directly to his charity. Additionally, Mizzou will auction off plenty of memorabilia including baseballs autographed by current St. Louis Cardinal stars Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Trevor Rosenthal and manager Mike Matheny.
For more information on McClellan's charity, please watch this video:
Also, be sure to visit the charity's website: http://braceforimpact46.com/
Be sure to follow the charity on twitter: @Brace4Impact46
Statement from Kyle McClellan
"Recently my wife and I were invited on a mission trip to Haiti to visit two orphanages," McClellan said. "While on the trip I realized the impact that we all can have in a variety of ways. We saw the impact that the people in the orphanage had by seeking out children in need, stepping out and bringing those kids into the orphanage and they provide d the kids with thing that they might not have had before. They provided needs that were physical, spiritual and emotional. The biggest thing that we noticed while we were there was just how much it meant for us to spend time with them and play with them."
"After being there and seeing it first hand, there are many needs that we can meet together; specifically adding a new level to the orphanage, providing a clean water system so that kids have access to clean water and enhancing their kitchen facility. My wife and I will match donations up to $50,000. This money will go directly towards getting the kids out of a dangerous and often deadly environment. It takes about $2,500 to provide for one child in an orphanage for one year. By teaming up, how many kids can we impact together?"
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