R.A. Dickey Pitches in To Combat Teen Trafficking

Published On January 22, 2013 | By Tyler Scionti

Toronto Blue Jays and 2012 Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey is more than just one in a line of great knuckleball pitchers, he is also a tireless and selfless promoter of human rights and champion of equality.

Dickey will be heading to India in the final months before the preparations for the 2013 season begin. He is reportedly taking his family along with him to the Bombay Teen Challenge. What initially sounds like a game show of sorts actually backs a noble cause: a rescue organization that fights against human trafficking.

Dickey has been active on Twitter, stating his mission to help those in need. He’s no stranger to helping out those less fortunate than himself. He has done many public charity events in efforts to raise both funds and awareness in the baseball community. In 2011 Dickey went against the Mets’ wishes in planning an ascension of Mt. Kilimanjaro in efforts to raise money for the Bombay Teen Challenge.

Unlike many major league players who seemed to have a destined path to fame, Dickey is no stranger to a hard life. Dickey lead a life filled with abuse and pain early on, which gives him a sense of appreciation and gratitude for everything he has. Dickey may have never imagined himself as a Cy Young pitcher and premier off season acquisition by the Toronto Blue Jays, yet he has finally achieved his greatest dreams.

John Rowe wrote a heartfelt article for North Jersey.com including the following:

“Dickey’s story is one every subway straphanger can relate to. Until this season, he had never been much more than a journeyman, somebody whose dreams were bigger than his achievements.”

Indeed, R.A Dickey went from a nobody to a household name across America. Baseball fans and ordinary citizens sure are glad that he is using his current fame as a booster for his charity work and selfless devotion to others rather than for himself. The Mets may not have won the World Series in 2012, but there is no doubt that R.A. Dickey is a true winner and MVP.

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.