Cubs legend Kerry Wood helps raise money for ATI Foundation
Cubs’ legend Kerry Wood was recently in Joliet at the ATI Physical Therapy center to relive a part of his most glorious history.
The ex-hurler recently made an appearance at the Inwood Athletic Club to take part in an ATI Foundation Klimb4Kids benefit aimed at helping kids with physical impairments.
ATI, the team’s official physical therapy provider, highlighted Wood’s appearance by gifting wristbands to the first 200 attendees and assuring them of the chance to meet the ex-fireballer.
Part of the festivities also featured a "VIP Game Experience" raffle, where the grand prize was $2,500.
In all, the ATI Foundation has raised more than $4 million to help kids with physical impairments since 2003.
"Often our beneficiary families have mounting debt, and are overcome by financial and physical obstacles,” the organization said on its website. “Through the work of our clinical and corporate team members, we raise funds to purchase medical equipment, pay bills, and even remodel families' homes to accommodate their child's special needs."
The soon-to-be 40-year-old Wood recently celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the 20-strikeout game that cemented his place in team and Major League Baseball history.
"I look back on (the 20-strikeout game) with great memories, and every year (when the anniversary) rolls around ... I get to see the highlights again," Wood recently told MLB.com "I've sat down this year, watching a few innings at a time ... but I still have yet to watch the whole game in its entirety."