Peavy, 26, is one of the most personable players in the Padres clubhouse and has a knack for rallying his teammates to play bigger roles in the community. The Padres Scholars program allows players to donate money to students who are financially needy, providing them with scholarships to attend four-year universities. The total monetary gift donated by the players is matched by the franchise. Peavy was a huge force in persuading his teammates to up the ante this year. In the last two years, Peavy has donated $20,000.
"It's a great opportunity to give back to others in terms of your time and money," Peavy said. "I have a number of charitable causes I help out, and it's something I'm proud of. I want to help."
Besides making sure that college-bound teenagers have a chance at success, Peavy is also a role model to young boys in Alabama through Team Focus, his personal charity since 2004. These young men don't have father figures, but through Team Focus, 30 teens attend a camp during the offseason where they learn leadership skills, strong values and build a relationship with mentors.
In 2006, the Padres organization was able to fly 30 of the boys out to San Diego, where they were took part in a five-day baseball camp at San Diego State University. Peavy was able to host them at PETCO Park, where he gave them a tour of the clubhouse.
Peavy was named an All-Star this year for the second time of his career, and he was honored as the starting pitcher for the National League team. The blue-eyed father of two continues to not only be a vital asset to charities, but to his team as well.
The right-hander, among the Major League leaders in ERA and strikeouts, was awarded the Padres Chairman Award by chairman John Moores in 2006 for his philanthropic endeavors.
A frequent visitor of children's hospitals and military bases, Peavy has participated in the San Diego Children's Hospital "Celebration of Champions" event since 2003 and always makes himself available for Make-A-Wish children at the ballpark.
"We're so blessed financially that I feel great to help out," Peavy said. "It's something I'm fortunate enough to do for my charity work in San Diego and Alabama. Anything I can do to help, I'm going to continue to do."