Chicago’s Own Professional Baseball Player Gives Back with the Season-Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner for Syrian Refugees

“Giving” with the season, a major league baseball player hosted a full Thanksgiving dinner for Syrian refugees.

Feb 28, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (62) poses for a portrait during Photo Day at HoHoKam Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland’s very own professional baseball player, Sean Doolittle, and his girlfriend chose to give back by hosting a full Thanksgiving spread. Who were the lucky attendants? Seventeen Syrian refugee families.


“We thought we’d officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving,” Doolittle explained.


The idea was inspired by the baseball pitcher’s sports writer girlfriend. Her family were immigrants from Ireland and didn’t receive the kindest welcome after arriving in the United States. The couple wanted to guarantee these individuals didn’t have the same experience.

As residents of Chicago, Doolittle and his girlfriend lived in one of twenty-five states offering complete refuge to Syrian citizens.


Doolittle also spread a mission of kindness and support.

“If you live in Chicago, these people are your neighbors. They need winter coats, non-perishable food, children’s school supplies, and personal items too. If you can’t personally donate items or money, you can donate your time. You can help them build resumes, fill out job applications, or offer job training or English lessons.”

In true American fashion, the power couple whipped up turkey, cranberry sauce, pies, and stuffing. The entire dinner accomplished a generous goal, it offered a little ‘pick me up’ to people in need.

See his giving deed and gorgeous dinner in the clip below.

Source: Fox Sports/ USA Today