Swingman Cares is on a mission to make a difference
Founded by MLB Hall of Fame legend, Ken Griffey Jr., Swingman Cares is working to improve the lives of people in our communities by creating support and widespread awareness through cause marketing campaigns with the support of the MLB & MLBPA Joint Initiative. Our community engagement efforts also help to educate and change attitudes toward disabilities and mental health conditions, thus reducing stigma, and educating people about the needs of people living with disabilities and/or mental illness.
Ken Griffey Jr.
Young athletes are expected to maintain a balanced family, social, academic, and extracurricular life, all while staying healthy both physically and mentally. One of our main goals is to shift the narrative around mental health in sports and encourage youth athletes to speak up and work through their struggles. Studies show that athletes who work on their mental health have an exponentially higher success rate in excelling in not just their sports, but in all aspects of life.
The number of veterans and military service members who are living with mental illness, chronic pain and substance abuse issues continues to climb at an alarming rate and suicide rates are at an all-time high. Tragically,many of these men and women suffer in silence due to the lack of access to proper care, debilitating social stigma and financial hardship. Our country's heroes deserve quality care in an efficient and compassionate manner.
Cause Community Collaboration
Swingman Cares funded a mental performance pilot program with the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh in Louisville, KY. Swingman Cares provides funding for athletes in underserved communities without access or funding for mental performance programs for youth sports. Swingman Cares is committed to providing the same opportunities to everyone to become the best athlete they can be. Many parents and youth athletes either ignore or overlook the importance of the mental aspects of their sport. Swingman Cares supports individual athletes to maximize their potential while positively impacting overall success in a young person’s life.
Of the 177 people who commit suicide every day in America, 22 are veterans and one person is on active duty. PTSD, depression, chronic pain, and addiction are grappling the lives of our country's heroes. Through our partnership with Herozona, Swingman Cares is dedicated to providing these men and women the care they need and deserve, which has historically been unavailable due to lack of access, social stigma, and financial hardship.