Join Brewers Players & Coaches for a Special Koos for Kids Fundraiser on Sunday, May 15
Brewers bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel (otherwise known as “Koos”) has always had a desire to help children and so, about 10 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.
Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.
They’ve also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball. And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.
In two weeks, on Sunday, May 15, you have the opportunity to help support this terrific cause.
The Brewers take on the San Diego Padres at 1p.m. that day and, following the game, Marcus, along with Brewers players and coaches, will be making their way to Hitters Baseball Academy in Caledonia for a Koos for Kids event.
For just $25, you’ll receive a ticket to the event, dinner, autographs from Brewers players, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event go to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community.
The event has been held at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the past, but this year, Koos for Kids is trying something new at the Baseball Hitters Academy.
“I think this event will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to meet their favorite Brewers,” Hanel said. “We are also excited to announce that we’re offering a scholarship program. We’ll be giving $2500 each for college to two kids of need in Racine. They will get an opportunity to advance and go to school. It’s a pretty cool thing so we’re excited to implement that.”
Hanel also tells me that some of the players have some fun surprises planned for the event. “There’s kind of some fun stuff we’ve got intertwined that the boys are going to keep under wraps for now. Kind of a sneak attack on the people who are going to be there,” he laughed.
As far as auction items go, Hanel is excited about the unique items they have this year. “We have a Miller Park home plate signed by the whole team, Maldonado’s catching gear, game-used bats, really cool photos from (Brewers Team Photographer) Scott Paulus that have been signed by the players, Badgers stuff, Packers items…” he said.
Hanel says that sales for this annual event are strong, but if you hurry, you can still get in on the fun. Click here to reserve your ticket today!
Why not make it a doubleheader of Brewers fun? Be sure to get your tickets to the Brewers vs. Padres series, too!
5/4 Update: Today, via Twitter, Hanel released a list of players expected to attend the event. They include: Chase Anderson, Jeremy Jeffress, Will Smith, David GoForth, Jimmy Nelson, Matt Garza, Corey Knebel, Zach Davies, Blaine Boyer, Michael Blazek, Chris Capuano, Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado, Ryan Braun, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Carlos Torres, with more to be announced as we get closer to the event.