I would like to personally thank everyone who was involved with our kids charity run for little league’s across the state. On Sunday my mentor and “Dad” Buddy Schultz founder of Arizona Baseball Charities handed out over $20,000 in cash to 10 Coaches from Peoria to Goodyear and Queen Creek to Scottsdale. Having raised over 4 million dollars since it’s inception in 1992 Buddy taught me two very valuable rules 4 years ago…
“Rule #1 its not what you know, it’s who you know & Rule #2 never forget rule #1″ I cannot tell you how much these two rules have worked in my corner since my family and I chose North Scottsdale as the place we would build a community, raise our family and call home….
As a child I was blessed with a family who could pay for my own equipment. Nike, Mizuno and Easton. I would go to Big 5 every year and pick out all the new models. I got picked up and dropped off with a snack at every practice. I was spoiled. I had no clue there were thousands of kids that would never get to play because they couldn’t afford it. Now I know and now I am doing something about it. CrossFit Scottsdale sits on the Board of Directors for Arizona Baseball Charities along with other CFS students Paul Westphal and Buddy Schultz.
Last year we started the CrossFit Scottsdale “Kids run for kids” inside San Francisco Giants Scottsdale stadium. The turn out was outstanding over 230 boys and girls ages 3-12 taking over center field and finishing the race at home plate.
Afterwards thousands of families took the stands to watch a celebrity baseball game featuring Hall of Fame inductee Gaylord Perry, Mike Adams, Larry Yount, Jason Christianson and Tony Phillips. I had the honor of playing in the game and taking the field with some of these Legend’s. I even “struck out looking” which I will have to save for another story. More importantly I watched Buddy write checks to the winners after the game and I signed autographs to kids who had no clue who I was but could read “Show Up, Don’t Quit” under my name.
Next year I would like to have 500 kids run for free and I am going to need your help. If you would like to make a donation, purchase a foursome in our celebrity golf tournament, learn how to join the board of directors or just want more info please visit Arizona Baseball Charities or call me personally.
Coach Luke Kayyem
“So every kid can play”