About the Wood Family Foundation
The Wood Family Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in June 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for its children's programs and other children's charities they support. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission of giving children the resources they need to succeed.
The Foundation is committed to working toward funding both immediate and long-term relief projects for Chicago's youth. The Foundation's largest initial effort involves funding a playroom for the children receiving treatment for cancer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The Foundation also sponsors various back to school drives to encourage school supply and clothing donations for children in need. Current Wood Family Foundation programs include a summer baseball clinic and Warm Wishes, a toy and coat drive for CPS schools in our four targeted neighborhoods.
About the Family
For the last 10 years, Kerry and Sarah Wood have been ambassadors to several worthy Chicago children's charities, netting over $2.5 million and generating awareness for these causes. With the addition of kids Justin, Katie and Charlotte (aka Charlie) and Kerry's return to the Chicago Cubs, the whole family is getting behind giving back to the Chicago community that they love.
About Kerry Wood
Full Name: Kerry Lee Wood
Major League Service: 13 years, 169 days (as of Jan. 2012)
Born: June 16, 1977 in Irving, Texas
Family: Married - Sarah ... Children - Justin, Katie and Charlotte
• Kerry returned to the Chicago Cubs in 2011 after spending the previous two seasons with Cleveland (2009-10) and the Yankees (2010) ... Kerry originally was selected by the Cubs in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft. He spent his first 10 Major League seasons with the Cubs (1998, 2000-08).
• His 1,470 strikeouts with the Cubs rank third in franchise history behind Fergie Jenkins, Carlos Zambrano and Charlie Root ... became the fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach 1,000 strikeouts in both games and innings pitched.
• With the Cubs, his .215 opponent batting average ranks second-lowest in franchise history behind Orval Overall.
• Has hit seven regular-season home runs ... also has one postseason home run.
• Named to the All-Star team twice -- in 2003 and 2008.
• Won the Jackie Robinson National Rookie of the Year Award in 1998 ... struck out 233 batters in 26 starts in 1998, which featured a game on May 6, when he struck out 20 Houston Astros to tie the MLB record.
• Was named Baseball America's Rookie of the Year, The Sporting News' NL Rookie Pitcher of the Year and Baseball Weekly and Baseball Digest's NL Rookie of Year ... was voted the NL's Outstanding Rookie by his peers at the Players Choice Awards.
• Graduated from Grand Prairie (Texas) High School in 1995 ... as a senior, he earned high school All-American and Texas 5-A Player of the Year honors.
• Between the Indians and Yankees, Kerry combined to go 3-4 with eight saves (in 12 chances) and a 3.13 ERA in 47 relief appearances ... closed out the season with New York, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 10 holds in 24 outings, helping the Yankees clinch the American League Wild Card.
• His 0.69 ERA with the Yankees was the lowest single-season ERA in franchise history (minimum 25 inning ), surpassing Goose Gossage's 0.77 ERA in 1981.
• Kerry recorded a career-high 21 holds in 55 relief appearances in his return to Chicago.
• Held the opponent scoreless in 41 of 55 outings, including 12 of his first 13, from April 2-May 7 (1.38 ERA).
• Limited foes to a .236 batting average (45-for-191).