Tim Flannery – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Tim Flannery – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

By Erik Erlendsson

Tim Flannery has never found it easy to look the other way throughout his life, whether that was while he was involved in baseball or music.

Both those interests have gone a long way to helping launch and maintain the Love Harder Project designed to prevent violence and bullying.

A former infielder with the San Diego Padres and coach with the San Francisco Giants, winning three World Series titles, Flannery became active in the anti-violence movement in 2011 when a Giants fan, Bryan Stow, was beaten nearly to death in the parking lot outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on opening day.

Flannery, an accomplished bluegrass singer with his own band – The Lunatic Fringe – used music to help raise over $200,000 for Stow and his family. It was that success that led Flannery down the road to champion the anti-violence message.

Through the sale of CDs, music downloads, t-shirt sales and ticket sales for concerts, Flannery has helped fund the Love Harder program as well as other programs including fighting homelessness, funding cancer research and children’s camp.

The native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, made his Major League debut in 1979 with the Padres where he spent his entire playing career, retiring in 1989. His coaching career started two years later in the Padres’ organization before being elevated to third-base coach with the Padres in 1996 under manager Bruce Bochy. Flannery reunited with Bochy as part of the San Francisco Giants in 2007 where he remained until he announced his retirement following the 2014 season, allowing him to focus more time toward his music, and in turn, the Love Harder Project.

You can support your favorite nominee in this campaign by favoriting, donating, tweeting and joining his/her team with a chance to be recognized as one of his/her top supporters.  Starting Friday, June 9, you can also come back daily to “Boost” your favorite nominee.  Fans receive points for joining a team, donating, tweeting, boosting or responding to “ do-gooder challenges”.

The direct link to Tim’s page is https://asu.givkwik.com/TimFlannery

About the award: Started in 2013 by Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne, Co-Founders of All Sports United, the Most Valuable Philanthropist seeks to recognize the effort of deserving sports philanthropists each year and bring positive news while highlighting the amazing charitable work of many in the sports community.  The winner of the award will receive $10,000 to his or her charity of choice.  The campaign is supported by technology partners Givkwik and xocial.  Each of the partners plays a crucial role in executing the campaign.  Special Thanks to All Sports United Supporter Jeff Tutor for his contributions to the campaign.

 

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