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Derek Holland makes donations to children's hospitals

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Arlington, Texas--Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland today announced his intention to make donations to Children's Medical Center Dallas and Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Holland made the announcement at a Wednesday afternoon event at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington that included officials and patients and families from both children's hospitals.

The Rangers also announced today that Holland is the recipient of the team's 2013 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award. 

"I am very proud to be able to make these contributions to Children's Medical Center Dallas and Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth," said Holland. "The health of children is an important issue to me and I am happy to help these two great health-care facilities that make such a difference in the lives of young people." 

Holland is making a $10,000.00 contribution to each hospital in conjunction with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Children's Medical Center Dallas will utilize the gift to purchase iPads that will be used by the facility's Child Life Specialists and volunteers with patients in the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The iPads, which will have covers featuring the Texas Rangers logo, will be specially equipped with age-appropriate games, art, and interactive videos for use of the patients, many of whom must remain in isolation and are unable to participate in group activities.

Holland's donation will enable Cook Children's Medical Center of Fort Worth to help furnish a playroom for patients that will house child-size hospital furniture and equipment. Items for the playroom will include MRI/CT Scanner, stretchers, IV poles, OR lights, exam table, x-ray viewing screen, hospital bedside tables, wheelchair, wagon, storage cabinet, white board, and stools as well as toys and other medical equipment. Holland has previously donated toys, video games, and movies to Cook Children's Medical Center as part of team's annual hospital visit in December 2012.

The Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award has been presented annually since 1989 to a member of the Rangers organization who has made a significant impact off the field in the community. Holland is very active in charitable and community endeavors in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on a year-round basis.        

The left-hander has served as the spokesperson for the Texas Rangers MCA Fitness All Stars in 2012-13 and the 2011-12 Rangers annual toy drives benefiting Cowboy Santas. In 2011-12 Holland teamed with the City of Arlington's Police and Fire Chiefs in a public awareness campaign to promote "Keep Your Thumbs on the Wheel". He has also made donations to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation each of the last two years as well as provided funds to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund for use by the West Legacy Foundation and Southeast Arlington Little League. The Newark, Ohio native has also made donations to his hometown high school baseball team to purchase a pitching machine and new uniforms and refurbish Newark High's baseball field.

Holland will receive his award at the 2014 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Friday, January 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine. Tickets for the dinner, which will honor a number of baseball personalities and feature appearances by Texas Rangers past and present, can be purchased at www.texasrangers.com/awards. Net proceeds will benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

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