Since former MLB pitcher and World Series Champion Kyle McClellan first traveled with his wife Bridget on a life-changing trip to Haiti in January of 2014, he has since has returned to Haiti 11 times taking a total of more than 164 people with him. This May, Kyle is particularly excited to return to Haiti because he has some exciting news to share.
Brace for Impact 46, the non-profit organization that Kyle and his wife founded in 2014 to assist the Haitians, recently took part in the St. Louis Brackets for Good fundraising contest – and won – raising a total of $100,000.
The Brackets for Good Competition held in St. Louis and in cities around the country, is set up in a March Madness-style bracket competition and takes place over a four-and-a-half-week period. Non-profit organizations can register and compete in rounds, with the top fundraising team advancing each week. At the end of the competition, the winning organization gets an additional $10,000 in funds from the sponsoring organization, the Youthbridge Community Foundation of St. Louis.
Brace for Impact 46 won the competition by raising $90,000 from March 2 – April 3. According to Kyle those funds, along with the additional $10,000 from winning the competition, will greatly enhance the organization’s efforts to financially support the children of IDADEE, the feeding program and the community health program.
“We go down to Haiti about two times a year and always stay at the Joshua House. It is always so great to be right there in the middle of the area that we are going to serve,” said Kyle. “Each time we go it is a little bit different. We do co-ed trips where we bring guys and gals down to spend time assisting at IDADEE. One of the things we do is give the moms a day off down there. We also do a guy’s trip, which we will be doing again in May, where we do more project-based tasks. We were just there a few weeks ago doing our first-ever soccer camp for the kids at IDADEE children’s home, the EBAC orphanage and the surrounding community.”
Brace for Impact recently acquired an ambulance that will be used at the clinic for transporting patients if needed and also used as a mobile clinic. Brace for Impact 46 posted a short video about the ambulance that can be viewed here: https://instagram.com/p/Bd3IY7iFePX/
In addition to assisting the Haitian Community, Brace for Impact 46 also supports the needs of the inner city children through its family and community impact programs in the St. Louis area. To learn more about Brace for Impact 46 visit their website at: www.BraceForImpact46.com.