Pro Ball player partners with Housing Authority to feed families for the Holidays
November 7, 2012 (Newswire) - Pro baseball player Edwin Jackson is looking forward to partnering with the Housing Authority of Columbus to personally deliver Thanksgiving meals complete with all the trimmings, to 33 families on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm. The Columbus, GA native says it's rewarding to be able to give back to his community, especially during the holidays when the focus of most Americans is creating memories with family.
The Columbus Housing Authority works with many of these families on a daily basis with the mission of empowering them to become self-sufficient. Len Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Housing Authority says the organization is extremely thankful to have Jackson's generosity at a time when many of their families may not be able to provide their families with a holiday meal. "Our families are pursuing self-sufficiency by taking advantage of higher education, life skills and job training opportunities, youth summer programs, tutoring programs, on site Neighborhood Networks Resource Centers, literacy programs, health and nutritional programs, as well as home ownership education and home buying opportunities. Because of their hard work, drive and commitment, 33 families were invited to be a part of the Thanksgiving Holiday celebration with Edwin Jackson," Williams explains.
Jackson is known for his philanthropic efforts, especially in his hometown of Columbus, GA. "These families were hand selected for their hard work and effort. Due to hard economic times across the country, it's no surprise that many families need assistance. I'm blessed to be able to come back to my own community and make a difference,' Jackson says.
Members from the Columbus Housing Authority will join Jackson on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 20th to visit with these families and present them with a Thanksgiving meal consisting of a turkey, sides, rolls and dessert. For more information or to schedule interviews with Edwin Jackson please contact Akuba Torvikey, Insights Marketing at 404-872-9899.
About Edwin Jackson
Edwin is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals. During his Major League Baseball (MLB) career, Jackson has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-2005), Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays (2006-2008), Detroit Tigers (2009), Arizona Diamondbacks (2010), Chicago White Sox (2010-2011), and St. Louis Cardinals (2011). Jackson was an All-Star in 2009. Jackson wrapped up the 2012 season with a 10-11 record, 4.03 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 168 strikeouts over 189 2/3 innings. Throughout his professional baseball career Jackson's four-seam fastball averaging 95 mph has been his weapon against opponents on the field. Jackson is one of 27 major league players who were born in Germany. He spent the first eight years of his life in Germany until spending the rest of his youth in Columbus, Georgia. He attended Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia from 1997-2001. While attending Shaw High School, he played outfield for the Raider baseball team. His senior year, Jackson helped lead the Raiders baseball team to the 2001 GHSA AAAA State Championship title over Columbus High School in Columbus, Georgia. In 2011, Edwin partnered with the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department to put smiles on 100 kids' faces by providing bikes for each of them for Christmas.