eBay and Baseball Icon Mariano Rivera Team Up to Offer the Ultimate Fan Experience for Charity
By: eBay News Team
Fans can donate to win a VIP meet-and-greet with “The Closer” and bid on rare baseball memorabilia with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Mariano Rivera Foundation.
eBay for Charity and Mariano Rivera, retired New York Yankee and baseball legend, are teaming up to raise funds for the Mariano Rivera Foundation and its work with disadvantaged youth. Starting today through June 21, fans can visit eBay.com/MarianoRiveraFoundation to shop exclusive “eBay x Mariano Rivera” merchandise, and donate to enter a sweepstakes for a VIP experience, including a meeting with Rivera himself.
“I know how important it is to have a support system, from friends and family to fans. I created the Mariano Rivera Foundation to empower kids because no one should be without a community that helps them reach their full potential,” said Mariano Rivera. “The funds raised from my collaboration with eBay, will support the foundation’s Learning Center, which provides a safe and collaborative environment for children and families. eBay shares my passion for giving back in meaningful ways, and together we’re bringing that mission to millions of people worldwide.”
“There is no platform that combines fandom and purpose like eBay, which is why partnerships with organizations like the Mariano Rivera Foundation are so impactful” said Sam Bright, VP of Goods at eBay. “The world’s most devoted collectors and enthusiasts know they can turn to us to find those rare, sought-after items while at the same time doing something positive for the world around them.”
The partnership spotlights the honorable work of Rivera’s foundation to promote education, health and economic development among children and young adults in underserved communities. It also celebrates his many professional achievements, from being the first player unanimously inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, to his recent induction into eBay’s Baseball Card Hall of Fame.
Fans and baseball enthusiasts alike can show their support by donating and shopping with an impact:
A Yankee Fan’s Dream Sweepstakes for Good: Fans that donate $5, $15, $25 or $50 by June 21 have the chance to win a VIP experience with one guest to meet Mariano Rivera in New York. Three runners up will also win a signed Mariano Rivera jersey, or one of two signed baseballs, respectively. Visit eBay.com/MarianoRiveraFoundation to donate and enter.
Forty-two Special Pieces of Mariano Rivera memorabilia: Through Sunday, June 16, eBay is auctioning 42 one-of-a-kind items for charity in an ode to Rivera’s time as #42 and the closing pitcher for the Yankees. The collection includes Rivera’s game-worn Yankees jerseys, a signed baseball from the 2013 game against the Toronto Blue Jays, a signed Yankees cap, and even a 30 second personalized video from Rivera to the winning bidder. Shop the inventory now.
All funds raised will go to the foundation’s Learning Center fund, which provides an array of support services to families and children, which help them lead successful lives.