Baltimore centre fielder Jones offers USD8,500 to Little League team
Jones' contribution will go to the Mamie Johnson Little League team of Washington, D.C.
Jones' contribution will go to the Mamie Johnson Little League team of Washington, D.C. This is the first team made up of a majority of black players -- 11 of 12 players are black -- to win D.C. Little League championship team and reach the regional tournament.
Jones, who turned 33 on Wednesday, made the contribution after seeing a tweet about the team and responding on Twitter: "Amazing. How can I help."
"I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed, obviously in the sport of baseball. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer."
Keith Barnes, the president of the local league ESPN that between money donated by the community and Jones, the league had well surpassed its fundraising goal. He said the excess funds will go toward helping this team and others in the future.
This is hardly Jones' only contribution to the community. He and the Orioles Charitable Foundation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Baltimore over the years, and he won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2015, an honour awarded by the Major League Baseball Players' Association.
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