Here’s another reason why Craig Kimbrel rocks

Photo credit: Associated Press

He’s the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year,currently leads the National League in saves, and continues to blow by hitters in the ninth inning. Craig Kimbrel is without a doubt one of the top closers in the game and the best closer for the Braves since recent Braves Hall of Famer John Smoltz was lighting up hitters to close out games a decade ago. Kimbrel can add something else to his increasingly awesome existence, a fantastic partnership with Curing Kids Cancer.

Kimbrel recently announced that he’s becoming chairman of the Players Curing Kids Cancer and on top of that has pledged $25 for every strikeout and $100 for every save. The funds raised will go to pediatric cancer research. Curing Kids Cancer is an Atlanta-based organization founded by the parents of 8 year old Killian Owen, who lost his battle to cancer. To date, Clay and Grainne Owen have raised more than $2 million and are in the process of having the cancer research center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta named after Killian. In addition to Kimbrel, legendary college football coach and broadcaster Lee Corso serves as the organization’s honorary chairman for Coaches Curing Kids’ Cancer Now they can add one of the baseball’s brightest young stars to their grassroots organization.

Is there anything better than have a big time MLB player there for the kids fighting for their lives? I wouldn’t think so, and this goes to show just how far some ballplayers are willing to go to make a difference in their community. Kudos to Kimbrel, the Owen family, and all those fighting the good fight to make cancer a thing of the past and build a bright future for all those battling the disease.

If you want to join Craig’s “team” and make a donation to Players Curing Kids Cancer, I’m sure Craig, the Owens, and countless numbers of children and their families will be forever grateful. Let’s do what we can to help because that’s how you truly root for the home team.

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