Press conference from Dodger Stadium
ONE DROP Foundation introduction
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers catcher Russell Jeanson-Martin today announced that he will donate $600,000 over the next 10 years to the One Drop Foundation, whose mission is to fight against poverty by providing access to water and raising awareness among individuals and communities about the need for mobilization to make safe water accessible to all, in sufficient quantity, today and tomorrow.
In addition, the two-time All-Star catcher has committed to hosting an offseason fundraiser for the charitable foundation and is planning to make an international trip this winter on behalf of One Drop, which was started by Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil.
Martin's announcement comes on the same day that he will be launching his official website, www.russellmartin55.com
"I really wanted to find a way to help people in places where they don't even have the essentials of life and when I learned about what Guy was doing with ONE DROP, it matched all the same visions I have," said Martin. "It blows my mind that there are people who don't have clean water and yet, it's something that we take for granted. I'm very proud to be associated with this foundation and look forward to working with them for years to come."
According to One Drop, every eight seconds a child dies somewhere around the world from lack of drinking water and Martin has committed himself to making a difference. Current projects exist in Nicaragua and Honduras, while One Drop has also undertaken previous efforts in Africa.
Martin has been involved in the Dodgers' community efforts since reaching the Major Leagues in 2006 and his personal initiative is in line with the fourth area of the Dodgers' community initiatives - the environment, which encourages people to Think Blue and Act Green.
The Canada native has taken part in the club's annual community caravan each of the past four years, including the 2006 caravan before he even reached the Majors. He has visited local hospitals to visit with young children and this season, through the work of his girlfriend, Marikym Hervieux, he has hosted many young patients at Dodger games and spent time on the field with them during batting practice.
Last season, Martin lent his name and likeness to a billboard campaign for the Boy Scouts of America and this year, he'll be doing the same thing for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
Martin's official website will highlight his career as a professional baseball player as well as his efforts to support the One Drop Foundation and his local community efforts with the Dodgers.
The website will feature a blog, contests, and links to the One Drop Foundation as well as videos of his field work on One Drop projects in foreign countries.
In addition, the website will highlight Martin's training techniques, his diet, and tips for a winning lifestyle. It will also feature online charitable auctions from time to time.