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GIVING SUPPORT

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American Heart Association

At 23, Sandoval used jokes about his weight as a catalyst for teaming with the American Heart Association encouraging kids to stay healthy. He spoke in his native language to elementary-school-aged kids at San Francisco’s predominantly Hispanic Mission Cultural Center in the summer of 2010. This past season, after losing 40 pounds, Sandoval made a similar appearance with his brother and training partner Michael at St. Peter School. The visit was much to the delight of Vice Principal Mercy Sister Marian Rose Power. “In today’s world, our children need heroes and heroines to look [to] for inspiration,” she told Catholic-SF.org. “Pablo and his brother did this for the children and families at St. Peter’s. The teachers will follow up with lessons on nutrition and exercise so it will be far more than a one-day event.”

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STAND UP TO CANCER

When Pablo played for the Class-A San Jose Giants, he lived with his host family, Donna and Ed Musgrave, growing close to them as they helped him adapt to a new country, culture, and language. Donna’s subsequent battle with bladder cancer galvanized Sandoval to do what he could to stand up for her and to stand up to cancer. In October of 2010, Sandoval joined fellow World Series players in signing The Wall for “Stand Up To Cancer,” naming his baseball mom, Donna. “It’s exciting to know that MLB does those things to help others,” he told MLB.com. “We need to give support to make good things happen.” In 2013, an MLB public service announcement, which aired during the World Series, featured Sandoval and Dustin Pedroia introducing “Stand Up to Cancer’s” new app. During the spot, Sandoval held up his phone displaying the app saying, “My Friend Donna.”

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CHILD SAFETY

In 2011, the FBI honored Sandoval for partnering with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the FBI National ID Program to provide 50,000 Child ID fingerprinting kits to children in the San Francisco community. “Pablo is a professional athlete who understands the importance of investing back in the community that supports you, and 50,000 children in San Francisco will be safer due to his efforts,” said Kenny Hansmire, the AFCA/FBI National Child ID Program executive director. Sandoval also furnished kits for families in Venezuela.

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MAKE-A-WISH

“Time with Pablo” has become a popular request for children participating in Make-A-Wish in the Greater Bay Area. He has hosted numerous “Wish Kids” and their families for visits to AT&T Park. During his time Baseball City in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sandoval took part in a free clinic for kids, and also spent time with kids from that Make-A-Wish chapter.

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PINK

Sandoval was named as a guest judge for MLB’s Honorary Bat Girl program in 2014. He recognized fans who have been affected by breast cancer and worked to eradicated it, raising the profile of the PINK initiative. He met with the San Francisco Giants Bat Girl before a game and escorted her to the field for the first pitch.

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AIDS & HIV

Sandoval wears the bracelet for Until There’s A Cure, raising funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS.

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SUPPORT FOR THE TROOPS

Pablo has spent numerous hours visiting with injured U.S. troops to lift their spirits and boost morale. His hope is that these visits will aid in their recovery process.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Sandoval has initiated Twitter and Facebook takeovers for official team media sites to interact with fans and answer their questions. He loves that social media provides a way of connecting with fans, and stays active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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HIS OWN PABLO SANDOVAL FOUNDATION

Pablo spends much of his time visiting with sick children and families with the hope of lifting spirits and bringing joy to help with the healing process. He introduced the Pablo Sandoval Foundation in August 2013 while he visited with 50 children at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. The Giants shared video footage that night with fans at a sold-out game. “I just want to see those kids happy,” Sandoval said that day.

His 501 c 3 non-profit is centered around the care and well-being of children and families as is illustrated in the numerous activities it financially supports.

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PANDA, PROMOTING KINDNESS

During the 2014 World Series, one small gesture informed the world of the big heart of Pablo Sandoval. In Game 6, the seven-run bottom-of-the-second-inning lasted 33 minutes, as the Kansas City Royals went to work on a very lopsided victory. When it finally ended with a foul ball into the glove of Sandoval, he handed it over the railing to a kid; a kid clad in Royals blue.

The cameras caught the moment, and there was a bit of a buzz on the internet as baseball fans commented on the generosity of Sandoval, even in the heat of the moment.

Sandoval’s fans in the Bay Area and in Venezuela merely shrugged. They were already quite familiar with the big heart of the Panda.

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