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Founded in 2013 by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey Wainwright, Big League Impact Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives, restore dignity and instill hope in our local communities and around the globe.

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Our athletes raise money by inviting fans to participate in some of the contests they enjoy. Whether it is Fantasy Football, March Madness, singing karaoke, or e-sports, BLI brings athletes, celebrities and fans together in a spirit of competitiveness and giving.

BLI Water Mission

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Over the last half-decade, Big League Impact and its community of professional athletes, actors, musicians, and other public figures have raised over $3,000,000 for charitable causes and foundations through events ranging from annual Fantasy Football Leagues in cities across the country to karaoke sing-offs, March Madness Brackets, Digital Fantasy Contests, Dave & Buster’s game nights, and donations from local philanthropists who are drawn to the causes our players care about.

Big League Impact’s inaugural Fantasy Football event, Waino’s World, raised more than $110,000 for St. Louis area food bank Operation Food Search and international clean water engineering organization Water Mission . The year was so successful that the Wainwrights invited other professional baseball players to join them and host leagues in their hometowns.

In 2014, six leagues were launched by Wainwright, David Wright, Max Scherzer, Freddie Freeman, Justin Masterson and Skip Schumaker, and collectively, they raised more than $450,000 to benefit 20 non-profit organizations that provide desperately needed care in communities in the US and around the world.

2015 saw an expansion to eight cities, raising over $500,000, passed the $1,000,000 mark in total funds raised.

2017 launched the Striking Out Poverty initiative with Food for the Hungry, the first March Madness Bracket Challenge, and a karaoke event that raised nearly $50,000.

In 2018, Big League Impact oversaw 25 player-led initiatives that cleared the $3,000,000 mark of total raised, and inked an official partnership with Yahoo Fantasy Sports—becoming its official charitable partner. BLI also hosted its first three Dave & Buster’s game nights in Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Seattle, bringing out dozens of Big Leaguers who competed with fans while playing video game, skee-ball, and pop-a-shot basketball tournaments.

To join the BLI community, or for questions or press inquiries, email us at contact@bigleagueimpact.org.

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Your contributions to Big League Impact support a wide variety of causes and on-the-ground charities. Each player, event, and campaign support specific goals and initiatives throughout America and the world.


food & feeding

health & medicine

humanitarian aid


schools & education


Big League Impact and our athletes partner with the best charities to help further their missions and operational goals. Our charity partners are proven organizations that have spent years directly supporting local and global communities in need.

Water Missions International Urban Impact St. Jude Research Hospital The Salvation Army Ronald McDonald House Reds Community Fund Operation Food Search Mission St. Louis

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From coast to coast, Big League Impact Players make an impact both on the field and off. Our athletes care deeply about helping local communities and supporting global initiatives that save and improve lives.