- T-Mobile is pledging $5K per home run toward hurricane recovery efforts from veteran-led non-profit Team Rubicon
- People can text ‘RELIEF’ to 595959 through the World Series to trigger an additional $5 donation from the Un-carrier
T-Mobile is donating up to $1 million to veteran-led Team Rubicon to support hurricane recovery in communities impacted by Hurricane Fiona, Ian and other natural disasters.
Through the World Series, T-Mobile says it will donate $5,000 for every home run. Thus far, 53 home runs have been hit so far, with pot already reaching $265,000. The 2022 MLB postseason will stretch into November, with Game 4 of the 2022 World Series scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1. A potential Game 7 of the World Series is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.
T-Mobile added that starting today, anyone can text “RELIEF” to 595959 and T-Mobile will donate $5 on their behalf, all up to $1 million.
“When Hurricanes Fiona and Ian hit, we deployed our Emergency Response teams to aid victims and help ensure their communications stayed up, but after seeing the devastation communities were facing, we knew we had to do more. That’s why we’re accelerating Team Rubicon’s recovery efforts,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “Team Rubicon shares T-Mobile’s commitment to serving communities in their times of need, and it’s a privilege to support their life-changing work.”
Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sept. 28, pummeling Florida’s Gulf Coast before continuing on a northward trek. The Category 4 storm left a path of destruction across the Sunshine State, producing catastrophic flooding and storm surge while leaving more than 2 million Florida homes and businesses without power.
Thus far, the storm is responsible for over 100 deaths, with most occurring in Lee County in Southwest Florida.
The Official Wireless Sponsor of MLB noted in a news release that it has donated over $5.8 million to Team Rubicon through similar efforts in 2017 and 2018, as well as its #HatsOff4Heroes campaign during All-Star Week in 2018 – enabling the rebuilding of 500+ hurricane-resilient roofs, and over 40 homes and more in active areas. In the past three years, T-Mobile has more than doubled its fleet of fixed generators and bolstered its network infrastructure across impacted communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and more.
Founded following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Team Rubicon is a veteran-led volunteer disaster relief organization that provides relief to those affected by disasters.
“T-Mobile’s support of our mission has been critical to Team Rubicon’s growth and impact since we first joined forces five years ago,” said Art delaCruz, CEO of Team Rubicon. “Their contributions helped us launch multiple large-scale response operations following Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Fiona, providing relief for thousands of people. Equally important, their campaign in 2018 enabled us to build 502 hurricane-resilient roofs that have weathered multiple storms, including Hurricane Fiona. We couldn’t be more grateful to T-Mobile for their partnership and support of our veteran-led volunteers, as well as all the baseball fans joining in to serve and invest in their communities.”