LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - The Detroit Tigers' starting pitcher, Matt Boyd is thinking about more than baseball during spring training this year.
He and his wife, Ashley are trying to save the lives of orphaned girls on the other side of the world.
“It’s not about my wife,” he told FOX 13. “It is not about me. It is about saving these kids.”
Last year, the Boyds heard about a woman in Uganda who was trying to help 36 orphaned young girls, some as young as six years old, who were being trafficked for sex.
They were so moved, they donated $100,000 to open Kingdom Home - a refuge where the girls are housed, fed, cared for, and loved.
A few months ago, the Boyds went to Uganda for the first time to meet the girls.
“It was just so cool to see the girls living as children should,” Boyd said. “Singing, dancing, playing, going to school, joking with each other.”
The Boyds hope they will be able to take a large donation with them on their next trip to Uganda in the fall. Between now and then, they're hosting a couple of big fundraisers; one in Tampa and the other in Detroit.
The Tampa fundraiser is Saturday, March 16, at Top Golf, located at 10690 Palm River Road. For details visit bigleagueimpact.org.