Maui’s own two-time All-Star and World Series Champion Shane Victorino returned home recently for his annual charity golf event, a batting cage dedication and annual youth baseball clinic.
The four-time Gold Glove Award winner and MLB outfielder hosted the eight annual Shane Victorino Foundation Celebrity Dinner & Golf Classic on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Wailea Golf Club’s Gold Course and the Andaz Maui Ballroom.
Celebrity participants who joined Victorino included Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard; Los Angeles Angels Jered Weaver; Boston Red Sox Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly; San Diego Padres James Shields; Miami Marlins Kila Ka`aihue; MLB Player Nick Punto; ESPN Sports Center anchor Neil Everett; and Dodgers TV Jerry Hairston, Jr. and John Hartung.
All funds raised from the event solely benefit initiatives in the state of Hawaii which further the Shane Victorino Foundation’s mission to provide opportunities to under-served youth. Proceeds go towards programs like the annual Youth Baseball Clinic (a free event for approximately 80 children) and projects like the construction of a batting cage in Kihei as part of the athlete’s long-term goal of improving youth baseball fields throughout the state.
“I am extremely thankful to [presenting sponsor] Tommy Bahama, Andaz Maui, Wailea Golf and our sponsors, partners and volunteers for joining my Foundation’s efforts to impact under-served children across the state,” Victorino said. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to the community here and the new batting cage is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when people come together to change the lives of keiki in need.”
Victorino hosted a dedication ceremony on Monday, Nov. 23, for the Shane Victorino Foundation Batting Cage at Kalama Park. Mayor Alan Arakawa and Councilmember Mike Victorino were both on hand for the dedication.
The estimated $100,000 cost of the project has been funded by the Shane Victorino Foundation. Community partners included project manager Ed Roybal and Goodfellow Bros., Stephen Leis and Dorvin D. Leis, Inc., architect Steven Heller, the County of Maui and Kihei Little League. Other in-kind donations were provided by a number of local businesses and individuals.
Following the ceremony, the Shane Victorino Foundation held its annual Youth Baseball Clinic, a free event for under-served children in the community. Participants were pre-registered through local organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, Kihei Youth Center, and Little League teams. Participants learned fundamentals of the sport and hit in the newly unveiled batting cage.
For more information, go to Shanevictorinofoundation.org or call 702-214-5581.
Photo courtesy of Shane Victorino Foundation