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

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Playing Wiffle Ball to Fight Childhood Cancer

Jericho, Vt. – Some former Major League Baseball players headed to Jericho for a game, all to support childhood cancer research.

The stadium was packed at “Little Fenway” for the second annual Strike 3 Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament.

14 teams from around New England played with some big leaguers from the past. The organization was founded in 2008 by MLB pitcher Craig Breslow, who used to play for the Red Sox.

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October 8, 2016 ·

Little Fenway in Essex like ‘heaven’

ESSEX — The opening ceremony of the Strike 3 Foundation whiffle ball tournament was delayed Saturday for, well, whiffle ball.

After seven innings — regulation play at the Little Fenway competition — the game between the Trinity Bantams and Curse Lifted was tied.

Each pitcher, the Bantams’ Nick DiBenedetto and Curse Lifted’s Dan French, had struck out the last batter of the seventh to extend the game. French, a onetime Mount Mansfield Union High School pitcher, fanned his opponent with a speedball delivered from between his legs. More …

October 11, 2015 · Reprinted from Burlington Free Press © 2015

Wiffle ball tourney will raise funds to fight cancer

BOSTON — Not many fans have the opportunity to take the field with a Major League baseball player, but those participating in The Strike 3 Foundation’s Wiffle Ball Tournament will be able to say they played with the game’s best.

On Oct. 10, The Strike 3 Foundation will host the tournament at Little Fenway in Essex, Vt., designed to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Ten to 12 teams will compete on three fields — Little Fenway, Little Wrigley and Little Field of Dreams — and each team will be responsible for raising $3,000-$5,000 in sponsor donations. Read the full story here »

September 21, 2015 ·

Red Sox Pitcher Craig Breslow’s Special Event Sip Happens Raises $250,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow’s Strike 3 Foundation raised $250,000 on Thursday to fight pediatric cancer. Strike 3 Foundation has now raised over $3 million to date.

Other Red Sox players in attendance included Xander Bogaerts, Brock Holt, Justin Masterson, Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Brandon Workman, Ryan Hanigan, Clay Buchholz, Tommy Layne, Wade Miley, Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Rick Porcello, Robbie Ross, Jr. New York Yankee Andrew Miller and author Ben Mezrich joined the event as well. Emcees Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa of NESN and KISS 108 officiated. More …

May 14, 2015 · Press Release

Breslow’s third annual fundraising event set for April 30

BOSTON — For a long time, the Red Sox have maintained a close charitable connection to their city. Reliever Craig Breslow, who has now spent five seasons with the club, is no exception.

On April 30, Breslow will host the third annual Sip Happens fundraising event, an evening of food and wine tasting set to feature several Red Sox teammates as well as other members of the organization. All proceeds will go toward Breslow’s nonprofit organization, the Strike 3 Foundation, which works to support childhood cancer research and awareness.

Last year’s Sip Happens raised over $300,000 and welcomed nearly 500 guests, including almost all of the team’s active roster. Read the full story here »

April 17, 2015 ·

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

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