In what will undoubtedly be one of the more fun ways to help fight hunger, a group of baseball players led by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright are selling off spots in their fantasy football leagues for the benefit of charity.
A fantasy football player since his minor league days with the Atlanta Braves, Wainwright (Waino as called by teammates) created the non-profit organization Waino's World to manage the donations.
Wainos World is creating four different 12-team leagues, and each league will feature different baseball players. Wainwright will own a team in one league, while Cardinals teammates Allen Craig, David Freese and Matt Holliday will own a team in one of the three other leagues.
The other 44 spots are open to the public. For the price of $2,500 anyone can enter the league. All the money will be split between two charities.
Operation Food Search aims to end hunger in St. Louis by distributing food free of charge to feed the poor and hungry. Founded in 1991, each month Operation Food Search distributes more than 2 million pounds of food in an attempt to end hunger in St. Louis.
Some of the money raised will also go to Water Missions International, which aims to provide sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing nations and disaster areas.
For those unfamiliar with fantasy football, basically team owners draft existing NFL players to make up their fantasy roster. During the regular season, every time a player you drafted does something positive in a real-life NFL game (scores touchdowns, rushes for a bunch of yards, etc.) your fantasy team gets points.
People who join the Waino's World fantasy football league will be treated to a day with the St. Louis Cardinals. The fantasy football draft will be held at the Cardinals' ballpark beginning at noon on Aug. 23. After the draft, the 44 team owners will head out to the field to watch the Cardinals take batting practice from a roped off area on the field. The owners will then watch the game from a party suite inside the ballpark.
Care To Click loves fantasy football and thinks it's fantastic that Wainwright and the other baseball players are making themselves so available to fans for a good cause. Knowing the strength of the St. Louis Cardinals fan base, the entry fee could easily be five times greater should Wainwright continue the league next season.
For those who would like to do their part to end hunger but can't make it St. Louis for a fantasy football draft, we invite you to visit the Care To Click Hunger page, where you can donate a free click or print useful coupons. At CareToClick.com, your small actions prompt our donations to organizations working to end world hunger.