Power of 2: D-Rob vs. Bosox’ Dempster
Yankees reliever David Robertson and his Red Sox counterpart, pitcher Ryan Dempster, are taking their rivalry beyond the mound and going online to see who can raise the most money for charity. It is the Power of 2-Baseball Edition.
Robertson is supporting his foundation, High Socks for Hope, which helps families impacted by tragedies and natural disasters. Dempster is supporting his Dempster Family Foundation and the quality of life of those affected by 22q Deletion Syndrome.
Fans are encouraged to donate to these charities as many times as they would like until Monday Aug. 26. The pitcher who receives the most donations will be crowned champion of the Power of 2. The loser will have to perform an embarrassing public stunt-having to arrive at Yankee Stadium in September as a super hero and participate in a game day press conference still in costume.
High Socks for Hope was founded by David and Erin Robertson after tornadoes ravaged David’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2011. High Socks for Hope has worked tirelessly to help Tuscaloosa families rebuild their lives after experiencing the loss of family members, homes and most of their possessions.
While still working in Tuscaloosa, High Socks for Hope has branched out to New York, Texas and Oklahoma with families impacted by tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy. It is D-Rob’s personal mission to help families that have limited resources and need help starting over due to sudden circumstances beyond their control. In order to reach as many families as possible, High Socks for Hope works with many other charities and organizations.
“Growing up in Alabama I’ve seen first-hand the devastation caused by tornadoes and hurricanes and the shattered families they leave behind,” Robertson said. “Some of the children we are helping lost their home, school, church and sense of security. They have experienced so much tragedy, it is important to me for them to be able to have something to look forward to and be excited about again, to know that someone does care about what they have been through. The funds we raise through the Power of 2 can help these communities rebuild, and what better way to do that than taking down the rival Red Sox.”