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.
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.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, with signs typically appearing during early childhood. An individual's difficulty to interact and communicate with others is often the trademark and this condition can affect people in varying degrees. Studies done in 2016 show the prevalence of autism has increased to 1 in every 68 births in the United States.
Over 17 million young people have or will have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder; that's more than the number of young people who have cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Despite the staggering numbers, many youth experiencing a mental health challenge feel like they have no one to talk to, no one who understands them, and nowhere to turn. In fact, only 20% of youth with mental health challenges receive care.
Cause Community Collaboration
Sozo is a wellness platform that provides mental health, fitness training, physical therapy, family practitioner services, and more. Swingman Cares provides donor-based funds to athletes who are unable to afford training for speed, mental skills performance, baseball, softball and basketball at Sozo. Swingman Cares is committed to providing the same opportunities to everyone to become the best athlete they can be.
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.