Strike 3 Foundation

The Strike 3 Foundation heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for childhood cancer research.

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Strike 3 Foundation Announces Top Project of the “Play it Forward” Community Youth Initiative

Monroe, CT, September 24, 2014 – The Strike 3 Foundation’s Executive Director, Craig Breslow, announced the winner of the “Play it Forward” community youth initiative. The “Play it Forward” initiative is a program intended to challenge kids to help others, specifically children battling cancer, by tackling bold, innovative projects.

Director of Operations and Development for the Strike 3 Foundation, and Program Director of the “Play it Forward” initiative, Kelly Breslow, said, “Our vision for the program was to take the passion young fans have for baseball and encourage them to be effective social entrepreneurs.” Over 1,000 students grades K-12 accepted Craig’s challenge, conceiving unique ideas for how they could help children battling cancer. Mrs. Breslow added, “It has been truly amazing to not only see the ideas that kids came up with, but to see the dedication that these kids had to bringing their projects to life. They were never discouraged when faced with obstacles in executing their vision. The sky really is the limit when kids are a given the freedom to create.” More …

September 24, 2014 · Press Release

Breslow named Sox’s nominee for Clemente Award

Red Sox lefty reliever Craig Breslow hasn’t had his best season on the mound, but he’s been as committed as ever to making a difference in the community.

For the second straight year, Breslow has been selected as the Red Sox’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

“It’s humbling, it’s an incredible honor,” said Breslow. “I would also say it’s probably a common thread among all the nominees that it’s not the reason that we’re doing the work that we’re doing. Nonetheless, it’s gratifying to be recognized.” Read the full story here »

September 16, 2014 ·

Craig Breslow connects two passions off the field with Strike 3 Foundation

It was not too long ago that Craig Breslow was a fringe major league pitcher, known around the league as the “smartest man in baseball.” The label was well-deserved, considering the Yale graduate’s bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Breslow is one of those people that you know is smart from the moment he says something.

But for four years and counting, Breslow has thrown in 60 games or more and has not had an era greater than 3.79. The 33-year-old is now more than the smartest man in baseball, he’s an established major league reliever, and a pretty damn good one at that.

During the 2013 Red Sox World Series run, Breslow established himself as one of the most reliable arms in the bullpen and turned in the best overall performance of his career, posting a 1.81 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and 14 holds, posting a 1.6 WAR. As his career becomes more and more established, Breslow began to combine two of his passions: baseball and medicine.

Last June, Breslow hosted the first annual Sip Happens to benefit the Strike 3 Foundation with then-Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey. The charity, started by Breslow in 2008, raises money for a cause close to Breslow’s heart. More …

May 15, 2014 ·

Talk of the Town: Meet Craig Breslow, the smartest man in baseball

He’s been called the smartest man in baseball by several journalists, and in 2010, The Sporting News named him the smartest athlete on its Top 20 list. I bet you didn’t know this about left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow, who is quite certainly the smartest man on the Red Sox roster.

A graduate of Yale University, had Breslow not become a Major League Baseball player, he would have been a doctor. Instead, drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002, Breslow chose the life of a professional athlete, even though his collegiate studies were that of molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

His love for medicine came at an early age, 13 to be exact, when his sister Leslie was diagnosed with cancer at age 11. Now living a healthy life, Leslie can watch her brother not only pitch on the biggest stage in sports, but she can watch him raise money for a great cause. Yes, before Breslow knew he had a multimillion-dollar arm, he knew he had the brains to make a difference in the medical field. Read the full story and watch the video interview here »

May 9, 2014 ·

Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow to gift $10,000 for children’s ultrasounds

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation is honored to announce a very special gift to benefit children in Southwest Florida who have been diagnosed with cancer and are receiving treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Craig Breslow, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and executive director of the Strike 3 Foundation, will provide $10,000 to purchase two PreVue Ultrasound Systems for the hospital. The technology aids in the treatment of children who endure frequent blood draws and infusion treatments. It will aid nurses and physicians in finding veins that are too deep to be seen by the naked eye or via a traditional vein viewer, especially in some of the hospital’s tiniest of patients. More …

April 7, 2014 · Reprinted from Captiva Current © 2014

Blue Bunny transforms into laugh factory

Last Friday night, dozens of local children proved that adults aren’t the only ones who can rally for a cause. They packed Blue Bunny Books and Toys in Dedham Square for a “Kids Comedy Night” to benefit Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow’s Strike 3 Foundation for childhood cancer research. From juggling to jokes to magic tricks, there was something for everyone, all in the name of eradicating cancer. More …

March 6, 2014 · Reprinted from The Dedham Transcript © 2014

Strike 3 Foundation Receives Grant from World Series Champion Boston Red Sox

Monroe, CT, February, 2014 – The Strike 3 Foundation announced that it has received a monetary award from the Boston Red Sox, 2013 World Series Champions. The organization, founded by Boston Red Sox Pitcher Craig Breslow in 2008, heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for pediatric cancer research. More …

February 23, 2014 · Press Release

Red Sox Kid Nation partners with Breslow’s foundation

Members of Red Sox Kid Nation get plenty of perks, including access to Fenway Park’s Green Monster during batting practice and the opportunity to buy discounted game tickets. But thanks to Boston relief pitcher Craig Breslow, the young fans are also getting the chance to help give back. Read the full story here »

February 4, 2014 ·

Strike 3 Foundation Completes Commitment to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital

Monroe, CT, January 10, 2014 – The Strike 3 Foundation announced that it has completed its five year cumulative gift to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. The organization, founded by Boston Red Sox Pitcher Craig Breslow in 2008, heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for pediatric cancer research. The agreement, made in 2008, spanned five years and totaled $500,000. Funds were used to found a Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, the first of its kind in Connecticut. More …

January 10, 2014 · Press Release

Red Sox’s Breslow On A Mission That’s Bigger Than Baseball

BOSTON — This story begins with a swollen lymph node in Lesley Breslow’s neck when she was only 14 and, for her brother Craig, the story does not end until every kid goes home from the hospital free of cancer, free of fear.

The Red Sox relief pitcher, enjoying the great autumn of his baseball life, does not particularly enjoy his nickname “The Smartest Man in Baseball.” A Yale degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry aside, the title carries a distinct scent of the pompous and vainglorious. He is neither.

“I will say I’m not so stupid as to sit here and tell you I’m the smartest man in Major League Baseball,” Breslow said Tuesday.

Still, Breslow, who grew up in Trumbull, is smart enough to have counted his blessings in life and decide that they added up to a calling beyond getting a couple of Cardinals out in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Leave it to him to explain it all in one paragraph. More …

October 23, 2013 · Reprinted from Hartford Courant © 2013

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