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JENKINS DROPS 20 GRAND ON KIDS

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If Brewer Outfielder Geoff Jenkins got busted for drunk driving, or arrested after an altercation at a downtown night spot, it would likely be the top story in our news. Instead he did something great for kids, and hardly anybody heard about it.

Wednesday afternoon, Jenkins donated $20,000 out of his pocket to send 1,700 kids to the ballgame. They're YMCA kids from Metro Milwaukee, and for many it's their only trip to Miller Park this year.

I say this year, because it's the third year in a row Jenkins had dropped 20 grand on these young people, and there's no reason to think he won't keep doing it as long as he wears a Brewer uniform.

He doesn't just get 'em in the gates either. Jenkins pays for the whole day: buses, chaperons, lunch.

Now look, I am often defensive about the criticism that we don't do enough "good news" on TV. Sometimes people doing good things are just how it's supposed to be, and that hardly qualifies as newsworthy.

This is one situation, though, where the criticism rings true. Outside of a blurb in the paper, this blog, and a quick 20 second story I'm writing for our news today at 11:00, Jenkins will get little coverage for his philanthropy. Like I mentioned, he'd get far more if he mouthed off at a news conference, got in a fight with another player, or somehow ran askew of the law.

Well... for what it's worth... thank you Geoff Jenkins.

Go Brewers! We need to take 2 of 3 down in Chicago this weekend. Need it!

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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