Ever wonder what happens to all of those championship t-shirts they create for teams that, uh, don’t actually win the championship? We’ve got the answer–and you’ll like it.
Major League Baseball is expanding its longstanding relationship with international relief organization World Vision by donating unsalable 2007 postseason MLB-licensed apparel to children and families in developing countries around the world.
Baseball has previously worked with World Vision to donate counterfeit goods that have been confiscated by law enforcement. These efforts will continue during the 2007 postseason.
"Baseball is a social institution with enormous social responsibilities and this is a tremendous opportunity for Major League Baseball to make an impact on the lives of those in need around the world," said Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. "We are pleased to work with World Vision, which brings more than 50 years of experience successfully assisting millions of people around the world."
The initial shipment of merchandise will go to the African country of Ghana, which has recently experienced devastating flooding caused by weeks of torrential rains and the spillage from the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso. Ghana’s government reports that 592 communities have been affected by the floods, with more than 20,000 homes destroyed and 260,000 people displaced.
CBSNews.com says the kids are just happy to get something that’s new–and clean.