A 12-year-old boy from central New York is gearing up for one epic summer. Adam Koss of Jamesville, NY has some serious goals lined up over the next two months, and those include visiting every MLB stadium while raising money for charity.
Raising money for charity isn’t something new for Adam and his family. Over the last 3 years, he and his father have shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s foundation which raises money to help find a cure for childhood cancer. As the time came for Koss’ bar mitzvah, instead of a big party, he wanted to find a fun way to give back.
He and his parents had discussed several options, and the initial planning for his trip this summer came about 6 months ago. The first step was deciding where the money would go. All funds raised will go to three charities local to Central New York: St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has personal connections to all three organizations, making the trip extra special.
So, how exactly is he raising money? Koss is gathering pledges for each home run hit during the trip, and at the end he will multiply that by the number of home runs he saw. He started a website, Home Run Club, where people can go to pledge and read more about his trip. As of June 21st, he has $73 pledged per home run which totals $4,380 (based on the projection of seeing 60 home runs). The goal is to raise $15,000.
Another incredible part to the story – the support from the league and sponsors. Out of 30 teams, 22 have offered the family free tickets to games, Hilton Hotels has offered them a place to stay in each city, T-Mobile provided them with tickets to the All-Star game and home run derby, and Nathans Hot Dogs will host a tailgate before every game.
Stories like this bring a smile to my face, and remind me that we are going to be okay if we have young kids like this around. If you wish to donate, you can visit his website here!