Currently a starter for the Baltimore Orioles, Kevin Gausman is the latest former LSU baseball player to contribute to the Louisiana flood relief efforts.
The Baltimore Sun‘s Eduardo Encina reports that Gausman has set up a GoFundMe page to raise $30,000 in donations. He’ll contribute $15,000 of his own money on top of whatever is raised, with the money going to the Baton Rouge Area Foundations Flood Relief Fund.
Find and donate to the GoFundMe page here.
Gausman wrote on the page [sic]:
I grew up in Colorado, but now Baton Rouge, Louisiana is home to me. My fiancee and I wanted to start this gofundme account to raise money and awareness for the Louisiana flood victims. Not many people know that for three days relentless storms fell on southern Louisiana and caused many rivers to overflow. Countless numbers of homes flooded and the water came in so fast, people were being rescued by boats for days. The water has since subsided but many people, including friends and family to me, have lost everything. My goal is to raise money for these familes who need anything from toothbrushes to places to sleep. I am asking you to help me raise money to donate to the Baton Rouge Area Foundations Flood Relief Fund. I will run this account for two weeks hoping to get as many donations as possible, and in addition donating $15,000 on top of whatever is raised. I will be so grateful if you would donate whatever you can to help get southern Louisiana back on their feet after this devastating storm.
Gausman pitched for the Tigers in 2011 and 2012 before being selected fourth overall by the Orioles. He now owns an offseason home in Baton Rouge after growing up in Centennial, Colo.
He joins fellow Tigers baseball alumnus Mikie Mahtook in donating to the cause. Mahtook, now with the Tampa Bay Rays, announced Tuesday that the Mikie Mahtook Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the LSU Foundation, “to support Baton Rouge residents affected by the recent flooding devastation.”
“The devastation is heartbreaking,” Mahtook said in the release. “Seeing pictures and reading the stories of people losing everything is difficult. We knew we had step up and help.”
Mahtook played at LSU from 2009-11, overlapping one season with Gausman. The Rays selected him in the first round of the 2011 draft.
Current players, too, are helping. Here they are at the home of LSU legend Ben McDonald’s mother-in-law.