ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and his wife, Tess, presented the Make-A-Wish North Texas Foundation with a $7,500 donation Monday afternoon.
The charity has been granting the wishes of children with life-threatening conditions for 30 years, and to celebrate the milestone, Make-A-Wish North Texas president and CEO Scott Landry presented Kinsler with a collage of photographs showing children that have been granted wishes over the past three decades. Kinsler participated in a Make-A-Wish public service announcement that was unveiled Monday.
"It's an unbelievable foundation," Kinsler said. "Making this commercial and meeting Sam put that over the top. We just felt like this was a great foundation and something that we wanted to be a part of. Hopefully, it helps other people want to do the same."
In May 2010, Sam, 8, had his wish come true when he witnessed a Space Shuttle launch and was involved with the production of the PSA. He threw out the first pitch to Kinsler before Monday night's game against the Royals. When asked by Kinsler if he would throw him a curveball, Sam said he would stick with the pitch he knows best.
"Just a fastball," Sam said. "I'd advise wearing a helmet, though."
Arlington Mayor Pro Tem Kathryn Wilemon read a proclamation Monday, declaring May 14, 2012, as Make-A-Wish Foundation Day.
"Children are our greatest and our most precious resource, and it is our responsibility as a society to cherish, nurture and help each child reach their full potential," said Wilemon, reading from the proclamation.