Thursday, May 21, 2009

Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson launches family foundation

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and his wife Kim have launched the Hudson Family Foundation, a charitable foundation committed to making a long lasting impact in the lives of children who have a genuine need for assistance with regard to a specific physical, emotional or financial circumstance. The Foundation, based in Atlanta, GA, will support children throughout Georgia and Alabama.

"God has placed on our hearts the passion for children in need, in varying degrees, levels, and circumstances," says Kim Hudson. "We are so grateful for the opportunities we have been given to do this type of work thus far, and we are ready to make a bigger personal commitment."

The Hudson Family Foundation will focus primarily on four programs:

Non-Profit Grant Program - Funding for organizations that serve children's needs in the areas of health/medical, education, and/or recreation programs.
Scholarship Program - Financial assistance for graduating high school seniors in Georgia and Alabama.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame! - Braves tickets that provide deserving children the opportunity to experience a Braves game who may not otherwise have the chance to attend a professional baseball game.
Rookie Reader Program - Book donation program that promotes literacy and the love of reading from a young age by donating books to children and youth serving organizations throughout Georgia and Alabama.

Supporters are encouraged to visit the Foundation's newly launched website at Simply click on "Get Involved" to learn more about monthly volunteer opportunities, ways to donate, corporate partnerships, fundraising ideas, and much more. The Foundation, will raise funds for grants and other key initiatives through special events, corporate partnerships, and individual donations.

"We are so grateful for the opportunities our family has been given, both on and off the baseball field. It is our responsibility to give back to those in need. But we don't do this because we have to. We truly enjoy it," said Tim Hudson.

The Hudson's will officially launch the Hudson Family Foundation on June 28th during a private party at the W Atlanta Downtown. The Foundation is also planning a public concert event for late Fall.

About Tim and Kim Hudson: The Hudson's have worked tirelessly in the community since Tim began playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics in 1999. Kim is a member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama. Kim and Tim are Wish ambassadors for Make-A-Wish, and throughout the baseball season, they fulfill the wishes of critically-ill children by hosting batting practice visits with the team's players and coaches. Kim and Tim serve as honorary cochairs for the annual Celebration of Wishes gala, and each Christmas, the Hudson's take 75 Make-A-Wish children and their siblings on a holiday shopping spree. The Hudson's also actively support Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. They host a golf tournament each year during Spring Training called Birdies and Baseball and also co-host a 3- course golf tournament each summer.

The Hudson's charitable work has not gone unrecognized. In 2008, Tim became a seven time Roberto Clemente Award recipient, which recognizes those players who best exemplify the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement, and positive contributions to their teams.

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