Yup! Trevor Bauer and Matthew McConaughey. That’s exactly what you expected to be reading about today. Dodgers’ right-hander Trevor Bauer introduced his charitable effort “Ks for a Cause” heading into his first season in LA. Through the season-long giveback initiative, Bauer is donating $1,000 for each strikeout he records this season toward local nonprofit organizations focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and youth programming in the greater LA area.
So far, the 30-year-old has racked up a $77,000 bill toward Ks for a Cause by striking out 77 batters, which is incidentally fourth-most in baseball and tops in the National League.
In April, the beneficiary of Bauer’s efforts was Think Together, a non-profit organization that partners with schools to change the odds for kids. Now in May, the 2020 NL Cy Young award winner has teamed up with actor Matthew McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin’ foundation which is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.
Bauer sat down for a video chat with McConaughey to discuss JKL.
Notably, this isn’t the first time McConaughey’s charity and a Dodger player’s charity have collided. Just Keep Livin’ was the beneficiary at Clayton Kershaw’s sixth annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity tournament back in 2018.
So far in May, Trevor Bauer has recorded 22 strikeouts in 17.1 innings over 3 starts. In April, he struck out 51 batters in 40 innings, so chances are high that JKL will be well funded by the end of the month.