Major League Baseball Fighting Slavery
Four ballparks, 14 players, and thousands of people cheering on the fight against slavery. It was a busy summer for Team Not For Sale.
Team NFS started with one player and his desire to see the end of human trafficking.
“We are trying to leave behind a legacy. When we leave this game, we hope to be known not only for what we did on the field, but also for what we did off of it,” Jeremy Affeldt, San Francisco Giants pitcher, said. “As Team NFS athletes, we want fans to understand what’s taking place around the world. We want them to know how crushed we are by it. And we want them to join us.”
One player turned into two, and this year Team NFS has 35 advocates on it’s roster. Team NFS represents 13 teams from Boston to LA, but they unite under one banner: that all children should be free to play, and that no one should be for sale.
This year, Not For Sale visited four ballparks for NFS Nights. The Giants kicked off the summer tour with AT&T Ballpark’s fourth NFS Night, followed by the San Diego Padres, the Minneapolis Twins, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Players representing Team NFS included Brandon Belt and Matt Cain of the Giants, Chase Headley and Nick Hundley of the Padres, and Adrian Gonzalez and AJ Ellis of the Dodgers (see full Team NFS Roster here).
Each night celebrated the partnership between baseball and the anti-slavery movement, and thousands of people were educated on the issue of modern slavery. Team NFS extends beyond player relationships; it aims to engage local communities in the movement.
“Not For Sale is working to build a world where all children have the ability to dream, and where all kids are free to play,” NFS President and Co-Founder Dave Batstone said. “Team NFS creates a powerful community of abolitionists between athletes and fans that helps make that a reality.”
Professional baseball is changing the world. Keep an eye out for next year’s lineup, and join us in cheering on Team NFS.