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MLB players support African American families in Fort Pierce with drive-up event

MLB players support African American families in Fort Pierce with drive-up event (WPEC)

On Jackie Robinson Day, MLB players from across the league donated their game-day salaries to the Players Alliance.

On Monday the non-profit made a stop in Fort Pierce to feed families and bring cheer to our future generation. The stop was just one of a two-month cross-country mobile tour in partnership with Pull Up Neighbor.

Over 600 cars pulled through the Boys and Girls Club in Fort Pierce Monday and were greeted by a box full of food, apples, chicken - and last but not least - three Major League Baseball players.

"My wife went to school with me at Fort Pierce Central, so it's just a big part of me to come back this community and see all the smiling faces and to give back means the world to me and my family," said Michael Brantley, an outfielder in the MLB and former Fort Pierce Central standout.

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Brantley wasn't the only local player giving back to his roots - former Palm Beach Central star Devon Travis handed out athletic equipment to young children, part of the Players Alliance mission to improve the lives of African Americans.

"The entire community loves on each other so when these things happen, your neighbors are telling their neighbors and they look out for each other," said Will Armstead, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.

"I saw the date and I was like, 'perfect, right after Christmas' and let's bring more holiday cheers in," Brantley said. "This is a great community and to be a part of it, to give back, to come back means the world to me."

Brantley believes more athletes should use their voice and position to make the world a kinder and better place.

"You have to use your platform for positivity. We just went through a really tough year and a lot of people are struggling and to give people back a little bit of hope, a little bit of smile, some food on the table - what ever it needs to be - just to come out here and enjoy this day and put more smiles on people's faces, that's what it's all about," he said.