David Wright Bio*

Wright (pictured right), a Chesapeake native and Hickory High School graduate, visits with Gavin Bramer (center) and Gavin’s dad, Sean.
Wright (pictured right), a Chesapeake native and Hickory High School graduate, visits with Gavin Bramer (center) and Gavin’s dad, Sean at CHKD.

From the moment David Wright made his major league debut on July 21, 2004, he has been an integral part of the Mets success… Golden Glove Award Winner, Silver Slugger Winner, three-time National League All-Star, member of the exclusive 30/30 Club. The list of on-field achievements goes on and on. However, as a result of his upbringing, David recognizes that life is about more then on-field achievements. He has embraced his role not only as one of the prominent faces of the Mets, but also as a pillar of the community that supports his team. "I have been blessed with the ability to play this game I love so much," said Wright. "But, I was taught that with great power comes great responsibility. I feel it is my duty to give 100% on the field and to give back to the people of this city who have given me so much."

Born on December 20, 1982, in Norfolk, Virginia, David grew up in Chesapeake, a suburb of the city. The oldest of four brothers, David became a star athlete at Hickory High School where he was selected as the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year in 2001. He was chosen in the first round of the 2001 MLB draft and quickly rose through the minor league ranks to become the 129th third baseman in New York Mets history. Having grown up just ten minutes from Harbor Park, former home of the Mets Triple-A affiliate, he frequently went to see the Norfolk Tides play. As David said "When I was a kid, I would have loved the chance to come to Shea and see the players I grew up watching in Norfolk."

In 2005, David established the David Wright Foundation to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. The Foundation's first event was a gala dinner at the New York Stock Exchange Member's Club that raised over $100,000 for several Multiple Sclerosis centers in the metropolitan area.

Over the past three years, the Foundation has expanded its scope and raised over half a million dollars for a variety of charitable organizations, including the Make A Wish Foundation and USMC Toys For Tots, as well as the Police Athletic League and the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, a tribute to his police officer father .

David Wright brought CHKD cancer patient Russell Nygaard a video game.
David Wright brought CHKD cancer patient Russell Nygaard a video game.

David's brother, was a senior at Virginia Tech's School of Engineering at the time of the tragic events in Blacksburg on April 16, 2007. A lifelong Hokie's football fan, David joined forces with the Maroon Effect, a group of Virginia Tech alumni in the New York City area, to host a benefit to raise funds for the victims and their families. The David Wright Foundation also started an endowed scholarship fund that provides a full four-year scholarship for an engineering student at the school in honor of the victims.

As the Foundation has grown, so has its mission to provide aid and assistance toward the health, emotional development, and education for children in need. Through programs and annual events, the David Wright Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life for children of the New York Tri-State, and Norfolk, Va. metro areas. The Foundation offers a number of programs for children, including the 5* Kids program which brings 30 kids to a Mets game each homestand and provides food, refreshments and a signature t-shirt for every participant. There is also the David Wright Foundation Baseball Clinic for 75 children, the Foundation's annual bowling event that features a night of bowling, dinner, prizes and gift-bags for 200 participants. Future plans include a Do the Wright Thing library located in children's units at hospitals both in the Tri-State and Norfolk areas. At these libraries, bedridden children will be able to "check out" electronic games, portable DVD/CD players, movies and CD's during their hospital stay.

The Foundation has also worked with the Stamford Boys and Girls Club, Kids In Crisis, Fresh Air Fund, Tuesday's Children, The NYU Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Harlem Children's Zone, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Children's Village and many others. Children are the Foundation's top priority.

Funds to support the Foundation's work are raised through both private and corporate donations, as well as the David Wright Foundation Gala held each November in New York City, complete with silent and live auctions and special musical guest appearances.

As David said when he visited the Gimbel MS Comprehensive Care Center at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey, "I think I ended up getting more out of it than the patients did. It was an amazing experience and it made me want to do more."

 

*As it appears on the MLB Advanced Media website.