The Coast News Group

Gonzalez may go, but foundation will stay

COAST CITIES — “My recent trade to the Boston Red Sox from the San Diego Padres only enhances the mission and reach of the Adrian & Betsy Gonzalez Foundation,” former Padres star Adrian Gonzalez said. “We remain committed to helping the youth of San Diego County and Mexico and, now, are eager to work with the Red Sox Community Relations department on projects throughout New England.
“My wife and I were born and raised in the San Diego region and plan to spend time here during the baseball off-season. Accordingly, philanthropic efforts and donations will continue to be made in San Diego and Mexico. While we will look to expand our positive efforts to Boston and New England, we have every intention of continuing to give back to the region in which we were raised and where the foundation first began. Betsy and I are thrilled with the progress of the Foundation since its establishment, and we are eager to continue working with the many great organizations and individuals that have helped impact youngsters positively.”
Established in 2008, the Adrian & Betsy Gonzalez Foundation focuses on empowering underprivileged youth through athletics, education and health.
The ABGF has supported various charities such as San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital, earmarking funds for MRSA research and awareness, and San Pasqual Academy — a residential educational campus for foster teens, as well as Kids Included Together and Orfanatorio de Mazatlan. The Adrian Gonzalez Scholarship program awards high school seniors with funds to further their education via renewable scholarships to four-year colleges and universities. The Gonzalezes further support these students with computers, printers, backpacks and they check-in with them regularly regarding their academic progress.