On Saturday night, Judge announced the beginning of the charity at a ceremony in Stockton, Calif. The purpose of the charity, according to Judge, is “to make the world a better place for children.”
The two key themes of the charity are honor and legacy. Judge said the goal is “to honor the ones who paved the way and create a legacy for those coming in the future.”
As the face of the Yankees (and maybe the face of baseball as a whole) it is nice to see Judge utilizing his platform for good. Judge has a stellar reputation as a person and a teammate, both inside and outside the Yankee organization. He has embraced the New York spotlight, a leadership role on the team and now he has embraced the opportunity to use his clout to make an impact on America’s youth.
I don’t know Judge personally, but by all accounts he seems like a well-rounded and wholesome individual. Judge was adopted, and has never met or spoken to his biological parents. Not all details regarding the charity are out yet, but I would venture to guess there will be some sort of big brother/big sister aspect involved.
As Judge continues to evolve as a player, it’s going to be exciting to see him evolve as a person as well.
The way his career is unfolding, it wouldn’t shock me if he were eventually named the next Yankee captain, as he seems to possess every attribute that a captain should have, both on and off the field.