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Ron Kittle is from Gary, IN. After graduating from Gary Wirt, he worked in the steel mills of NW Indiana. Gaining strength as an ironworker, Ron went on to become one of the most powerful hitters in the American League during the mid-1980’s. As a member of the 1983 A.L. West Champion “Winning Ugly” Chicago White Sox, “Kitty” hit 35 home runs and knocked in 100 runs, leading him to receiving the American League Rookie of the Year award. He followed up in 1984 with 32 homers and 26 in 1985. His record breaking roof shot home runs at old Comiskey Park are legendary among White Sox fans. In 843 career games with four Major League teams, Kittle finished with 176 home runs and 460 RBI.
Sometimes you need to reach inside yourself to see what you can do to make things a little better for others less fortunate. I was lucky enough in my life to be able to do this. Playing baseball allowed me to have more avenues to be able to pay it forward. I’ve also been fortunate to team up with other great organizations, like Chicago White Sox Charities that share my commitment to supporting those who need it most to bring the future of our research dollars into cures and better lives to those in need.
I started the commitment of raising funds for cancer research and education many years ago, even before I put on an MLB uniform. I saw first hand what my father was going through during his battle with cancer. From that, I started Indiana Sports Charities in 1989 to raise funds for cancer awareness. Over ISC’s 28 years, we raised millions of dollars for cancer research, development and education and donated to programs and funded grants that furthered ISC’s mission. ISC contributed to help keep some of Chicagoland and NW Indiana hospitals state-of-the-art:
• Northwestern Memorial Hospital
• University of Chicago / Comer Children’s Hospital
• Lurie Children's Hosp., (Children’s Memorial)
• Munster Community
• St Anthony’s Hospital
The more I tried to help, the more I saw that needed help. There are so many illnesses and so many in need. There are many great causes and wonderful programs that I want to bring awareness to and support. That is why I created Ron Kittle Charities—I want to expand upon what I started with ISC and do more, for more.
The start is to step forward to make a difference. I understand that not everyone has the opportunity to give time, but giving dollars, in any denomination, is something all of us can do. I encourage you to go to the Products page or click the Donate Now button and give what you can.
I firmly believe we can make a difference,
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