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ENRICH THE LIVES OF CHILDREN THROUGH COMPASSION, SPORTS AND EDUCATION.

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The lovable Kung Fu Panda has wrapped his arms around Boston with his charitable endeavors and donations, widening the reach of his good works that began in the country of his birth, Venezuela and continued in the city by the Bay, San Francisco where he played with the San Francisco Giants from 2008 to 2014. He’s cultivated a relationship with Giants fans through social media, and created good will with the local, national and broadcast news media. And his Pablo Sandoval Foundation works to put smiles on the faces of children (“Panda Kids”) throughout both of his home countries.

“Throughout my life I have seen many underprivileged children, and I want to make sure that they have an opportunity they need to become successful people in the future,” Sandoval told Positive Athlete’s Facebook page. “I want to give these children hope. I want to show them that each and every one of them is special and they can succeed. (This) will allow me to continue to complete my mission to help these kids achieve their dreams.”

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I want    to    give    these    children    hope.    I    want    to    show    them    that    each    and    every    one    of     them    is    special    and    they    can    succeed.

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/The Players’ Tribune

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No wonder that former NFL star Hines Ward recruited the two-time National League All-Star for the ex-Steeler’s Positive Athlete initiative. On the field, Sandoval uses his bat not only to drive runs home, but to show his commitment to family by tapping his spikes and his faith in God by knocking on his helmet. Off the field, he gives generously of his time and his voice.

He does so in memory of family members who have died (including a baby sister when he was 7), as homage to his own mentors (Omar Vizquel and other Venezuelan big-leaguers) and out of appreciation for his own good fortune growing up comfortably in a middle-class family with parents who ran an engineering firm.

Read on for just a few of the recipients of a big, generous Panda Hug.

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When Pablo Sandoval pulls off his dirt-covered uniform and puts on his jeans, that’s his cue to go to bat for the sick and less fortunate.

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