‘THE GREATEST SAVE’ TO FIGHT CHILD SEXUAL PREDATORS IN NASHVILLE
Non-profit Brings Major League Baseball Heroes to Help Educate Kids, Parents
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With one in 5 girls and one in 10 boys in America sexually victimized before adulthood, the need to educate and empower kids and parents on how to shut out sexual predators is more important than ever. Now the national organization The Greatest Save has established a presence in Nashville, and is bringing several Major League Baseball heroes to town for a three-day series of events designed to raise awareness and share techniques on how to avoid becoming a victim. Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, three-time World Series winner Jim Leyritz, 400-home run slugger Darrell Evans, “Big Red Machine” member and National League MVP George Foster and several others will be in town to participate in events including a free baseball clinic at First Tennessee Park for children on Saturday, June 20, followed by a banquet for the adults on Sunday evening and a celebrity golf tournament on Monday at Gaylord Springs.
Leyritz, the former New York Yankee known as “The King” for hitting game-winning home runs in the World Series, first became involved with The Greatest Save as a celebrity. He, along with Fingers, has since become a national spokesman for the organization. That work has opened his eyes to the reality that sex trafficking and abductions is rising in epidemic proportions, and recent news demonstrates that Nashville is not immune.
“We have found through our surveys that parents really aren’t aware of how easily children can be abducted, and that if we address it with kids and adults, they’re better prepared to fight against it,” Leyritz said. “We can prevent these things from happening through education and working with law enforcement.”
Over the last 25 years, The Greatest Save has established local branches in markets across the country, with a focus on ensuring that funds raised are only used locally to help schools and law enforcement implement educational programs. One such initiative has helped schools create contests around Public Service Announcements that students create – peer to peer education can be the most effective means, Leyritz said.
And the events offer the public a chance to learn baseball skills from some of the best to ever play the game, as well as to get autographs and to meet heroes.
“We teach kids not only some baseball skills, but also some facts and knowledge about what they need to be aware of, so they don’t become victims. Then the dinner and auction, followed by the golf tournament, will give people in Nashville a chance to meet some great former baseball legends, as well as some of Nashville’s local legends,” he said. “But most importantly, it will raise money to start these programs in the local schools, that will help families and kids protect themselves from becoming victims to abduction, cyber bullying, sex trafficking and other issues our young children are growing up around. It will strengthen the community and hopefully bring an end to these predators.”
The Greatest Save is a division of the KinderVision Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization and a recognized charity of Major League Baseball since 1992. For more information on the Nashville events, visit http://www.TheGreatestSave.org/nashville.