Jeremy Affeldt of the San Francisco Giants and CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees may wear different uniforms on the field, but these rival pitchers are part of the same team when it comes to fighting one of the greatest injustices of our time, modern slavery. Together, they are part of Team Not For Sale.
Affeldt and Sabathia are joined by dozens of Major League Baseball players across the country, including L.A. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson, and Atlanta Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd.
For the first time this year, all have agreed to donate one day of their pay during the 2014 baseball season in support of Not For Sale.
“I believe that no one is for sale and that human trafficking kills the ability for one to dream and accomplish their destiny,” Affeldt said. “My wife Larisa and I got involved with Not For Sale about four years ago and we represent those who need to be rescued. To show that, I will play for free one day this season, donating my salary for that day to Not For Sale.”
Sabathia and his wife are two of the newest additions to Team NFS.
“When my wife Amber and I learned that approximately 200,000 children in our country alone are trafficked for sex and that two main factors that lead to people being trafficked are poverty and lack of educational opportunities, we knew we had to get involved.” Sabathia said. Amber recently hosted a “Ladies Night In” fundraising event and Not For Sale was the beneficiary.
In addition to players, Team NFS is engaging MLB teams in joining the fight, and leading the way are team executives from the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics.
“I’m pleased to be involved with a project that can be impactful and change the lives of people throughout the world,” said Billy Beane, Oakland Athletics General Manager.
Because athletes are stepping forward and saying “I want to make a difference,” we will see a direct impact in the lives of exploited individuals around the world. Stay tuned as Team NFS expands its presence into other sports this year; follow on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.teamnfs.org.