Former high school pitcher Scotty McCreery plans donations totaling $50,000 to youth baseball programs during a six-city tour of Major League Baseball stadiums. Among the recipients will be MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) initiative.
At each game, McCreery will invite local radio winners to be his guest as he throws out the first pitch, provides CDs for giveaways, sings as part of the seventh-inning stretch and serves as a guest broadcaster. He began the tour on Aug. 29 in St. Petersburg, Fla., during the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays.
He'll appear Sunday (Sept. 8) in San Diego where the Colorado Rockies meet the Padres and Sept. 12 in Philadelphia when the Padres play the Phillies. Other stops are set for Sept. 15 in Chicago for the game between the Cleveland Indians and the White Sox and Sept. 22 in Washington D.C., where the Miami Marlins take on the Nationals. The promotion ends Sept. 27 in Atlanta for the game between the Phillies and the Braves.
McCreery was a pitcher for Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C. During his senior year, the American Idol winner continued to pitch for the team while spending weekends as the opening act on Brad Paisley's tour.
"I learned some of my greatest lessons playing sports and being a team member," McCreery says. "Sports teach you so many life lessons about self-discipline, responsibility, teamwork, setting goals and being fit. It's awesome that Major League Baseball provides opportunities for kids who might not have a chance to play baseball and softball elsewhere. I'm proud to provide assistance to this program."
McCreery's new album, See You Tonight, will be released Oct. 15.