HOUSTON, TX – April 22, 2016 – Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus is stepping up to the plate in the name of U.S. veterans, launching ‘Hitters for Heroes’ through which he will donate one thousand dollars to Team Rubicon for each home run he hits this season. Team Rubicon is the only nonprofit disaster response organization that repurposes the skills of military veterans to deploy emergency response teams. The organization is currently coordinating with local agencies to respond to the ongoing Houston floods as well as the earthquake in Ecuador.
Rasmus has a career average of 17.6 home runs, had a career-high of 29 home runs last year and already has five long balls this season.
“As Team Rubicon helps disaster-stricken communities on their worst days, their veteran volunteers are regaining a sense of purpose, community and identity following military service,” said Rasmus. “These men and women have sacrificed so much in the name of our country, and I am honored to help make a difference in their lives while simultaneously supporting the community of Houston.”
“As Team Rubicon gears up to respond following the unprecedented floods in the Houston area, Colby’s generous support will help us deliver critical response services for families in Texas and those affected by disasters throughout the US and around the world,” said Jake Wood, cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon.
Since its founding following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon’s nearly 35,000 volunteers have responded to more than 120 disasters including the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the earthquake in Nepal. In 2015 the organization responded following the May floods in Wimberley, Texas, the Bastrop County fire in October, and the December tornadoes in the Dallas area.
To join Colby in supporting Team Rubicon, visit www.HittersforHeroes.com
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. The disaster relief organization offers veterans the opportunity to continue their service by helping those affected by disasters while regaining a sense of purpose, community and identity. For more about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org. Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.