For the fourth consecutive year, Astros All-Star outfielder George Springer is hosting his All-Star Bowling Benefit. Proceeds from the benefit will help send children from all socio-economic backgrounds to the George Springer MVP Camp SAY day camp in Houston and Camp SAY, a life-changing summer camp for kids and teens who stutter.
Springer’s benefit is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Bowlmor,located at 925 Bunker Hill Road. It promises to be a memorable evening of bowling with Springer, fellow Astros, other professional athletes and celebrity lane captains.
In 2014, Spring became SAY’s national spokesperson had has since inspired countless people who stutter. Last year alone, SAY provided more than $1 million in financial aid and underwritten tuition support so all youth have access to its programs, including Camp SAY, a two-week, accredited summer camp for stutterers ages 8 to 18.
Camp SAY blends a traditional summer camp experience with programs and activities that empower young people. The camp also helps participants build confidence, communication skills and friendships to last a lifetime.
According to SAY, stuttering is a complex and often-misunderstood communication disorder that can cause interruptions in a person’s speech. Children who stutter often have feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety or discomfort about their speech. As many as 5 percent of young children and 1 percent of all people stutter.
Springer, last year’s World Series MVP, has dealt with being a stutterer his entire life. The reason he supports an organization that helps youth that stutter is simple.
“I can’t spread a message to get to adults if I’m not willing to put myself out there,” Springer said. “When you’re speaking to someone who stutters be patient. We know what we want to say, it might just take us a little longer. Plus, what we have to say is worth the wait.”
He further explained why it’s important to identify with youth who stutter.
“As the national spokesperson for SAY, I want to help kids who stutter build the confidence they need to pursue their dreams,” he said. “I encourage every parent to send their child who stutters to Camp SAY. It’s a life-changing experience.”
For more information on the bowling benefit and camp call 212-414-9696 ext. 201 or visit SAY.org/Springer.
- Born 1989 in New Britain, Conn. Graduated from Avon Old Farms High School, where he also played soccer.
- Drafted by Minnesota in the 48th round following his senior season but did not sign and went on to attend the University of Connecticut.
- Both of his parents attended UConn. His father, George II, played in the 1976 Little League World Series. His mother, Laura, is a former gymnast.
- In 2009 became the first player in UConn school history to be named the Big East Rookie of the Year.
- Played three seasons at UConn before being drafted by Houston with the 11th overall selection in the June 2011 draft. Became the highest-drafted player in school history.
- Was named a First Team All-American by Perfect Game USA, Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA, and was a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.
- In 2013 had one of the greatest seasons in minor league history after becoming the first minor leaguer to hit 30-plus homers while recording 30-plus steals since 2009.
- Made Major League debut in 2014 after being selected to the Astros from Triple A Oklahoma City. Entered the season as one of the top prospects in the game.
- In 2016 was finalist for an AL Rawlings Gold Glove Award and one of five AL Final Vote candidates for the All-Star Game. Played in all of Houston’s 162 games, becoming the seventh player in club history to do so.
- In 2017 was the best leadoff hitter in the American League, made his first career All-Star Team, received a Silver Slugger Award and was named MVP of the World Series.
- Married to Charlise Castro, who played softball at the University of Albany and for Puerto Rico’s national team.