LSU outfielder Dylan Crews is widely expected to be the first-overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft.
However, what Crews is doing off of the field is also impressive. Crews announced that he will donate $100 to Families Helping Families for every home run he hits this season. The foundation has centers throughout Louisiana and provides support to families who have loved ones with disabilities and special health care needs. Crews’ parents also pledged to donate $100 to the cause every time one of Dylan’s teammates hits a homer.
Crews is encouraging fans to join in on the “Home Run Derby Challenge,” by choosing to donate a specific amount every time Crews homers or making a one-time donation. In 2022 Crews hit 22 home runs, which would be $2,200 for those with special needs.
Crews has routinely worked with those with special needs since getting to Baton Rouge. The Crews family purchased season tickets in 2022 and each game donated them to a family with special needs.
“What drove me was a lot of the times it’s their first baseball game that they’ve been to so kind of just being able to see the smiles on those kids’ faces, it just motivates me to get more involved and get those kids out here more often,” Crews told TigerTV.
Since his freshman season at LSU, Crews has worked with a local organization called Miracle League at Cypress Mounds. The Miracle League works with special needs children and allows them to play baseball.
“My family always tells me it’s great to be a good ball player, but it’s even better to be a better person outside of the field,” explained Crews. Chalk this up as another example of student-athletes using NIL for good.