If there’s something to celebrate, Harper will make sure her Under Armor cleats are ready. But when he won the National League MVP award last week, someone else dressed the cleats.
Shortly after being named MVP, Harper was surprised at his home in Las Vegas with a pair of custom studs by members of a Camden youth baseball team.
In his first season with the Phillies, Harper purchased equipment and crampons from the North Camden Pirates after $ 15,000 in equipment – including refrigerators, coolers and a fryer – was stolen in June 2019 from their snack stand.
Without the snack stand, the North Camden Little League feared they would not be able to raise funds to keep registration fees low. An anonymous donor pledged $ 15,000, Under Armor and Dick’s Sporting Goods donated $ 10,000, and Harper went through August with a shopping spree. The league continued to roll.
Last week the kids got to say thank you.
“We really wanted to do something very special for Bryce to show him that we appreciate what he has done for us,” said Ryan Skinner, 12. “He’s such an amazing baseball player and he truly deserved the MVP award.”
Eight players from the 2019 squad helped design the cleats, which include the Phillie Phanatic and “MV3,” which was the campaign slogan for Harper’s MVP case. Under Armor and Dick’s each donated an additional $ 5,000 to the league to cover uniforms, equipment and more.
“It was a really good surprise and such a cool way to reconnect with the young athletes of North Camden,” said Harper. “This game can present both struggles and triumphs, which they all know too well. I will think of them every time I wear these cleats – they are a representation of their hard work.
“Being the kind of player these kids look up to really means the world to me. I mean it when I say I play for them. The fact that they were thinking of me during this moment is really special.
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