St. Louis-area native to donate $100 to charity for every strikeout in his MLB career


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Taking the mound for the first time as a Major League Baseball player would be special enough for most people, but pitcher Tanner Houck decided to raise it to another level. He announced on Twitter Tuesday, hours before his first pitch with the Boston Red Sox, that for every strikeout he records, he'll donate $100 to a charity that helps find permanent homes for children up for adoption in the Southern Illinois area. 

Houck is a Collinsville, Ill. native who played baseball at the University of Missouri, then was drafted in the first round by Boston in 2017.  

He's the older brother of an adopted sister, so donating to help children at St. John Bosco Children’s Center in Belleville via the Caritas Family Solutions charity seemed to be an easy choice. 

"My mom adopted my little sister Reanna when she was 4 years old. I remember meeting her for the first time when my mom brought her to my high school baseball game. I knew even then she was going to change our lives for the better, and we would help change hers," Houck stated in the post on "As I embark on my career in the major leagues, I am excited to continue my fundraising efforts focusing close to home by donating to Caritas Family Solutions. For each strike out that I record in the major leagues, I will donate $100 to the deserving children at St. John Bosco Children’s Center in Belleville, Illinois."

Reaching the big leagues has always been my dream. Today, as I make my MLB debut with the @RedSox I’ll be donating $100 per K toward my Pitch For Adoption campaign. As I reach my dreams, I hope to make more dreams possible for these deserving kids.

— Tanner Houck (@houck_tanner) September 15, 2020

Houck, 24, will face the Miami Marlins Tuesday night and he recently spoke about what it will mean.

“Definitely excited. It has been a dream of mine since I started playing baseball. Finally getting that call to make my debut and get the start, I’m really honored and very excited for it as well. It’s something I’ve worked my whole life for. I guess it’s a dream come true," Houck said.

After getting the news that he would start on Tuesday, Houck called his mother, Jennifer.

"Just getting to share that moment with her was truly special," Houck said. "She has been there from the beginning. She was the one who, countless nights driving over to St. Louis, about 45 minutes, taking me to pitching lessons. I was a 7-year-old saying I wanted to pitch in the major leagues one day. She definitely started crying and it was a surreal moment getting to do that with her."

Tanner Houck is coming for that opener

— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) March 1, 2020

Houck is Boston's No. 10 overall prospect who had 107 strikeouts in just over 107 innings pitched across AA and AAA last year. 

This isn't the first time Houck has supported the "#PitchForAdoption" campaign. In 2018, he donated $25 for every strikeout he recorded "to help advocate for children in need of family support & ensure more children will be adopted out of foster care."

I'm excited to announce my 2018 season campaign benefitting the National @adoptioncouncil. For each strikeout, I’ll be personally donating $25 to help advocate for children in need of family support & ensure more children will be adopted out of foster care. You can join me by either making a pledge or a one-time donation to this cause that is so close to my heart. #PitchForAdoption

A post shared by Tanner Houck (@tanner_houck11) on Apr 2, 2018 at 8:22am PDT

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