Gaby Sanchez has partnered with the Marlins Foundation to build the first ever Miracle League in Miami. This special custom designed rubber turf field will not only provide children with special needs protection and accommodation for their wheelchairs and walkers, but will make their dreams come true by allowing them the opportunity to play and enjoy the game of baseball.
On April 14, 2012 Gaby Sanchez, John Buck, Heath Bell, and the Marlins Foundation presented The Miracle League of Miami-Dade with a check for $100,000. Now you too have the opportunity join Gaby in making the miracle league field a reality.
Gaby, along with teammate Emilio Bonifacio, is a spokesperson for the Marlins and Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive that is held prior to a home game every year. He encourages fans to donate new and lightly used baseball and softball equipment that benefits RBI and other local teams in underserved communities in South Florida as well as the Dominican Republic. Gaby also holds a clubhouse collection having every one of his teammates contribute, collecting baseballs, batting gloves, gloves, bats, cleats, turfs.
He participated in events during Caravan for the Troops this past February, which raised nearly $250,000 for the MCF. Gaby participated in softball and wiffle ball games with servicemen and women at the Homestead Air Force base as well as the USSC base; he also made his way out to the USS Jason Dunham and toured with the crew of that vessel.
On February 14th, 2011 on the heels of the Marlins' successful overseas trip to visit U.S. military personnel in Southwest Asia and Germany, another group of Marlins led by first baseman Gaby Sanchez and pitcher Chris Volstad, along the Mermaids headed to Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba to visit U.S. troops. During their visit, the Marlins hosted autograph sessions, youth baseball and dance clinics and meet and greets with soldiers.
Gaby expressed how honored he was to be a part of the trip, but most of all that he had the opportunity to spend time with and get to know the men and women of the U.S. military who risk their lives daily to protect our freedom back home.Learn More
In the offseason Gaby, having been born and raised in Miami, still makes his home in Miami and makes time to participate in the Marlins holiday community initiatives. During Thanksgiving in recognition of the 500 Days to Opening Day of Marlins Park, the Marlins along with Gaby Sanchez and hosted a Thanksgiving meal distribution including turkeys to 500 Little Havana families.
In December, Gaby Sanchez and the Marlins partnered with the Kiwanis of Little Havana in distributing Christmas trees and toys to 100 families. Gaby personally unloaded and carried trees to individual families' cars and genuinely spreading holiday cheer.
Later that month, Gaby assisted with the Christmas Basket Food Drive distribution that made it possible for nearly 3,000 families to have everything necessary for a Noche Buena dinner to help celebrate Christmas Eve.
Sanchez also serves as a spokesperson for the Marlins@School program
Gabby supports the Marlins RBI program every year by making a generous donation to help fund the league. On "RBI Night" all the league participants are invited to take part in an on field pregame ceremony where they are recognized by Gaby and other Marlins teammates who support the program both financially and with equipment donations.
Gaby sponsors the recently formed 8 & under division of the Marlins Jr. RBI program, which serves as a way for kids in underserved areas of South Florida to have the opportunity to play baseball at a younger age. The program is coordinated with the Marlins in cooperation with City of Miami Parks & Recreation and Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation.
John Buck, John Baker, Gaby Sanchez, and Chris Volstad have been strong supporters of The Boot Campaign and is just another way they have supported the troops in the last year. The Boot Campaign is a grass roots initiative set out to rally support for the troops. The Boot Girls want every American to "get Your Boots On" by purchasing the "give back" combat boots. They provide an easy and tangible way for Americans to show support of our troops (both past and present) that's practical and directly benefits our military. Proceeds from boot sales are donated to partner charities, which assist returning veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and varying degrees of physical injuries.View Video