ST. LOUIS -- Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will equip a youth softball team in Florida with jerseys, pants, socks and cleats after the team fell prey to a business scam late last year.
A team of 12-year-old girls in Mulberry, Fla., raised about $2,000 last year and placed an order in December for new uniforms, but the uniforms never arrived, according to a report from an ABC News affiliate in Tampa. After reading a news story about the scam, McCutchen partnered with Nike and used $2,000 that the company gave him to buy equipment to outfit the team.
McCutchen grew up in Fort Meade, Fla., about 30 minutes from Mulberry.
He worked with Nike to lower the cost of the apparel, which would have cost $3,000 to $4,000 retail.
Michael Sanserino: email@example.com, 412-263-1722 and Twitter @msanserino. First Published October 9, 2013 10:14 AM