Jay Cutler is entering his sixth season as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Throughout the years he has done plenty of work, on top of raising thousands of dollars, for multiple charitable causes through the Jay Cutler Foundation. Now, the Columbus, Georgia native is back at it again after pledging $30,000 to Chicago-area programs after the South Side’s Jackie Robinson West baseball team represented the United States in the Little League World Series. Cutler has agreed to donate $15,000 to the baseball team through his foundation, as well as another $15,000 to underprivileged Chicago youths with diabetes in the team’s name.
On top of the donation, members of the baseball team will also receive an autographed Cutler jersey and will join him on the opening broadcast of his local post-game radio show after the Bears open the season at home against the Buffalo Bills on September 7.
He wasn’t the only professional athlete who backed the young team. A group of Major League Baseball players came together to cover the travel expenses for the players’ families so they could attend the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Despite losing 8-4 to the undefeated team from Seoul, South Korea in the finals, they made their nation proud despite not winning it all. Thanks to the donation from Cutler and the MLB players that helped the team’s family members, this is something that they will never forget and something that will bring a smile to their faces when they think back on it.
Cutler’s reason for donating to youths with diabetes is because in 2008 he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and now requires insulin shots on a daily basis, so it’s something that is near and dear to him.
For more information on the Jay Cutler Foundation, visit http://jaycutlersix.com/