Hank's Giving: Henry Aaron's Legacy continues off the field
When Hank Aaron retired from the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976 – in the same city he began his big career – the Hank Aaron Youth Fund was established as a tribute to the man, as well as a way to assist Milwaukee-area youngsters. The fund, which provides scholarships in Aaron’s name through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, also works in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Children who come from lesser means are encouraged to use the funds to develop talents and skills which may help them pursue their dreams.
Students from underrepresented groups, who show financial need, may apply for the scholarship. Those who have been a part of Boys & Girls Club programs in Milwaukee receive preference during the application process. It is expected that a total of 12 scholarships, that sum being the same number of times Aaron went 4-for-4 in a game, will be available at colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Matt Rothenberg is the manager of the Giamatti Research Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum