Adam Wainwright is perhaps best known in the U.S. for throwing a curve ball with bases loaded in the ninth inning of the 2006 World Series, resulting in a strikeout and a win for the St. Louis Cardinals. But what others around the world will remember more vividly is that he helped to bring their village safe water.
Last year, Wainwright and his wife traveled to Haiti with Water Missions International where they witnessed the global water crisis first hand. “I saw the green, swampy, polluted river that people wash their clothes in and swim in and never dreamed that the same river was their only source of drinking water.
“When I landed in this third world country, I thought it was a place that was hopeless, but when I left four days later I saw how Water Missions International can bring hope for the future, through safe water,” said Wainwright.
In July 2013, Wainwright launched Waino’s World, a website that allows fans to assemble their own fantasy football team and compete throughout the season against not only Wainwright but some of his fellow Cardinals players. The registration fee for participation went to a local St. Louis food bank, Operation Food Search, and Water Missions International. The league proved so successful that Wainwright not only did it again, he branched out to include players from other Major League Baseball teams – calling it Big League Impact.
Fans of the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and New York Mets have joined leagues hosted by first baseman Freddie Freeman, outfielder Ski Schumaker, pitcher Max Scherzer, and third baseman David Wright respectively.
Last year, $60,000 raised through Waino’s World went toward transforming a village named Coyoles Aldea, a community of about a thousand people in Honduras. This year, Wainwright is taking his support to another level with the introduction of Big League Impact.
Big League Impact combines America’s two favorite sports – baseball and football with 75 percent of the net proceeds going to support charities in each player’s city and 25 percent supporting collaborative projects to provide water, food and shelter.
Through the support of Big League Impact, WMI will make a transformative impact in providing the basic necessities of life including access to safe water and sanitation for people in Olancho, a department located along the Honduras and Nicaragua border.