CHICAGO — From Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Chicago, Tim Anderson is all about helping and giving back to his community. His League of Leaders foundation, along with his wife, Bria, focuses on working with young people who are impacted by community violence.
The Andersons held their first Sneaker Ball event on Monday with Tim’s White Sox teammates in attendance. All proceeds from the event benefited the Anderson Leaders League and White Sox charities.
The charity event was held to help Anderson’s League of Leaders Foundation, while still being able to show off your best sneakers. Both Tim and Bria wore shimmering gray shoes, showing off their strong sneaker games.
“Tim loves sneakers so much,” Bria said. “If the term sneakerhead had a plinth or a poster child, Tim would be it. So it was his idea to have a really good team event, something that the guys really relate to and support.”
Anderson formed the nonprofit after his best friend, Brenden Moss, was brutally killed in 2017. Moss, trying to help an assault victim, was shot multiple times. His death served as an inspiration for the development of this foundation.
Since then, Anderson has worked to help communities in Chicago and Tuscaloosa regarding gun violence, community violence, and gang violence. Her goal is to bring positivity and help those in need.
“Since Tim and Bria started League of Leaders they have been wonderful letting us know what their plans are and seeing how the White Sox can support them,” said Christine O’Reilly-Riordan, executive director of the Whites. Sox Charities. “So that’s definitely their lead, but we’re so proud to partner with them.
“We have a lot of similar interests in terms of helping children, marginalized children, children who have been affected by gun violence. And so it’s just wonderful that we’re aligned and we’re just happy to follow their example.
Several White Sox players joined Tim in supporting his cause on Monday: Dylan Cease, Liam Hendriks, Andrew Vaughn among those present. On the White Sox day off, the team took the opportunity to help out a teammate and come together for a better cause.
“Especially after the last two years, we haven’t been able to have a lot of events, where we’ve been able to be together in person,” O’Reilly-Riordan said. “Tim has incredible support from his teammates, so there’s a lot of that here. We’re so thrilled with all the supporters who are here to help Tim and Bria make a real difference.
The event featured an extensive collection of White Sox and Tim Anderson items to bid on and a 32-person ping pong tournament which saw Cease take on Gavin Sheets in the first round. Sheets won, 11-6.
“The ping-pong aspect, in the minor leagues, a lot of guys spent time in the clubhouse playing ping-pong during downtime or rain delays,” Bria Anderson said. “So Tim just thought it would be a genuine, genuine vibe for all the guys to come together for a good cause.”
Anderson’s foundation is “an organization that seeks to strengthen the character and leadership of our young people.” What happened to Tim’s best friend is something the League of Leaders are trying to prevent and Tim and Bria’s goal is to bring unity and safety to the various communities.
“Lucky to reach so many young people, not just on the South Side of Chicago, but also in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,” Bria said. “We mainly work with young people who are affected by violence and community violence. »