All-Star Robinson Canó’s RC22 Foundation is Improving Lives in Seattle and the Dominican Republic

Robinson Cano is passionate about providing children with important resources here and abroad
Jul 14, 2017 4:35 PM ET

Over the course of his 12-year career, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó has proven to be one of the top players at his position.

The five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, two-time Gold Glover, 2009 World Series Champion and eight-time All-Star has certainly racked up the accolades since breaking into the majors in 2005.

Earlier this week, Canó added one more honor to his trophy case during the 2017 All-Star Game, when his 10th inning home run not only propelled the American League to victory, but earned him the game MVP honors as well. There is no question Canó is a dominant force on the field, but, what some may not know, Canó is making a significant an impact off of it, too.

Founder of the RC22 Foundation, which reflects Canó’s initials and jersey number, Canó dedicates himself to giving back to those in his current city of Seattle, as well as his native Dominican Republic.

In partnership with Seattle’s Children Hospital, City Year and the Boys & Girls Club of King County, RC22, which was founded in 2013, hosts programs “that amplify its focus and impact in the areas of education, health, fitness and wellness.” One of those programs, RC22 League of Leaders, rewards students and young leaders that achieve milestones and overcome challenges, all while channeling out negative influences.

Back home in the D.R., Canó is focused on improving the lives of children. In November 2015, he opened the RC22DREAM School, which serves over 100 youth ages 3-6 in Canó’s hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.

“Every day it’s growing more,” Canó said of RC22. “I come from a poor town and I’ve been there when you grow up and don’t have anything or anybody. For me, to come all the way from the Dominican and be able to make it to the big leagues and play at a high level, I’ve been blessed. It’s important to give back to the community.”

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