CHICAGO — Tim Anderson steals a lot of bases — and now he wants to use that for charity.
Anderson, the shortstop for the White Sox, announced Thursday he’ll pledge $500 to anti-violence work with every base he swipes this season. Expect that to add up: He’s already stolen 12 bases so far this season (and 63 throughout his four-year career).
He wants fans to help out, too, asking them to donate each time he steals a base. Any pledgers who end up donating $50 or more over the course of the season will be entered in a giveaway to win a game-used, autographed base at the end of the season.
Those interested in donating or learning about the effort can read more online. The campaign has a goal of raising $25,000 by the end of the season.
Anderson has done charity work throughout Chicago — which he calls his “adopted hometown” — but particularly on the South and West sides. Last month, he brought 75 kids from the South Side to watch “42,” a movie about Jackie Robinson, in a theater for free.
The shortstop also founded League of Leaders, a group that helps communities in Chicago and in Anderson’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The group has provided scholarships, donated to nonprofits and held back-to-school drives, among other things, in an effort to help youth learn how to be leaders and unite their communities against violence.
Anderson was inspired to found the organization by the loss of his friend, Branden Deon Moss, who was shot to death in May 2017.