As most of you know, Sandbridge is home to one of Major League Baseball’s young stars in the Washington Nationals third basemen, Ryan Zimmerman. The Zimmerman family has been an integral part of the Sandbridge community for many years. On June 29, the Washington Post published an article on Ryan, his family, and their charity, the ziMS Foundation, an organization that raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research.
The Zimmerman family is familiar with the disease, first-hand. Cheryl Zimmerman, Ryan’s mother, was diagnosed with MS in 1995, and has fought valiently against the disease ever since. In 2006, following Ryan’s rookie season in Major League Baseball, he and his family decided to start the foundation in order to raise money to fight the disease. The first event started with a charity golf tournament, and was shortly followed by a gala at the University of Virginia. However, when Ryan was due for contract negotiations before the start of the 2009 season, Ryan and his agent placed a stipulation within his new contract. In his contract, Ryan and his foundation would be granted use of the Nationals ballpark for a charitable night called “A Night at the Park”. Since its inception, the event has raised $500,000 for the fight against MS, and has gained 14 sponsors.
At SandbridgeLife.com, we feel that any charity which helps the people in our community and the nation, is a great one to support. Please read the entirety of the article linked below and check out the ziMS Foundation!
“Ryan Zimmerman holds event at Nationals Park in fight against Multiple Sclerosis” – 6.29.11 Washington Post