He may proudly wear number 52 for the New York Yankees during baseball season, but during the offseason, pitcher CC Sabathia, along with his wife, Amber, spend the majority of their time giving back to the community.
In 2009, the couple co-founded the PitCCh In Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting inner-city youth. Their efforts are demonstrated through the funding of academic and athletic programs in Northern California and New York.
Every year, the PitCCh In Foundation hosts the CC Challenge, which is a scavenger hunt through Central Park in New York City. Participants search for clues leading to the finish line, starting at the Plaza Hotel and working their way through the streets of Manhattan.
“I’m an actual clue this year!” exclaimed CC Sabathia. His wife was a clue as well. “Amber and I look forward to the CC Challenge all year because it’s so much fun, and it’s for such a great cause.”
On Friday night, the PitCCh In Foundation hosted a pre-CC Challenge rules party in the Luxe Lounge of Lucky Strike in New York City. The evening included a red carpet featuring not only the Sabathia’s, but also their celebrity friends who came out to support the cause.
“We love the CC Challenge,” added Amber Sabathia, “and this year is special to us.” Last year’s PitCCh In event was postponed so the Sabathia’s could help families in need during Hurricane Sandy’s devastating aftermath.
With the help of CC’s mother, Margie Sabathia-Lanier, along with a team of staff and volunteers, the foundation aims to help teens raise their self-esteem and imagine a better life for themselves. CC and Amber are inner-city natives themselves, and that’s why this event hits so close to home for the Sabathia’s.
“It just feels good,” CC Sabathia said. “When you get this many people together at the same place and for the same cause of helping children, it’s sure to be fun.”
Fans participated in the CC Challenge by following @CC_Sabathia, @AmberSabathia, and @PitCChInFdn on Twitter for photos and clues that led to the chance to win giveaway items. All participants checked in at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and started on their quest through Central Park.
Goldman Sach’s team won the quest and was awarded the CC Cup to cap off a weekend of fundraising for the inner-city youth benefited by the PitCCh In Foundation. For a more in-depth look at the scavenger hunt, see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmcH4nDn0ek&feature=youtu.be