Ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon marks milestone with donation to feed St. Petersburg homeless
Former Rays manager Joe Maddon logged his 1,000th career victory on Tuesday, and marked the occasion by donating 1,000 meals to feed homeless children and families in St. Petersburg.
Maddon, in his third season with the Cubs, reached the milestone with a 9-5 win over the Reds in Chicago. Of his 1,000 wins, 754 came during his nine seasons with the Rays.
The donation is being made through his Tampa-based Respect 90 Foundation, which works to "enrich the lives children and families" in three communities Maddon and his wife, Jaye, consider home - Chicago; Tampa, where they live in the off-season; and Hazleton, Pa., his hometown.
In St. Petersburg, it is being made to the Sallie House, which operates under the direction of the Salvation Army to provide a safe haven for children removed from their home because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
"We are very excited and happy for Joe Maddon and his 1,000 win," said Lt. Colonel Gary Haupt, the Salvation Army St. Petersburg area commander in a release from the foundation. "We are also very thankful to Joe, his wife Jaye, and their foundation Respect 90 for choosing to celebrate the win with the children at The Salvation Army's Sallie House this summer. The children at Sallie House continue to be blessed by his influence both on and off the field.''
A similar donation is being made to the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Lodge in Chicago.