By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Heisman Trophy Trust announced on Monday afternoon that Mark Teixeira, the former Major League Baseball first baseman, will receive the 13th annual Heisman Humanitarian Award by the Heisman Trophy Trust. He is receiving this award due to his many years of community service.
“The Heisman Trophy Trust is pleased to recognize Mark Teixeira with the 2018 Heisman Humanitarian Award for his many years of charitable work,” Rob Whalen, Executive Director of the Heisman Trophy Trust said. “Teixeira’s example of working to advance the lives and communities of those less fortunate is quite admirable. We hope that in recognizing Mark, others may choose to follow his example.”
Every December, the Heisman Trophy Trust recognized the most outstanding college football player on the second Saturday in the month. On December 8th, the winner will be announced at the 8 pm EST ceremony on ESPN.
The following night, the winner, along with Teixeira will attend the 84th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Gala on Sunday, December 9th, in New York City. The tickets are presently available to the public for purchase at www.heisman.com.
Teixeira will receive his award at the gala. In addition, he will also receive a $75,000 donation to DREAM, an organization he supports, when he receives his award.
DREAM is a youth development organization that utilizes the power of teams to inspire the inner-city youth to realize their potential and dreams through its school, after-school, and summer programs.
The 38-year-old is also a board member of The Emerald Corridor Foundation that works to restore safe green spaces and waterways to support community health and recreation in Northwest Atlanta. The foundation uses education, job training, and employment opportunities to strengthen its community.
“I’m humbled and grateful to be the recipient of this year’s Heisman Humanitarian award, especially when I look at the past winners,” Teixeira said. “My passion is for education and youth and it’s a great honor to play a small part in the communities that are important to me like Baltimore, Atlanta, and, of course, New York City. I hope this award shines a light on the important work happening in our communities and allows us to expand efforts for many more years to come.”
He joins the 12 previous winners of the award that includes Joey Cheek, George Martin, Pat LaFontaine, Mia Hamm, Warrick Dunn, Marty Lyons, Jeff Gordon, David Robinson, Joe Torre, Boomer Esiason, Alan Page, and Ernie Els.
Teixeira played for the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in his career.