This past offseason, Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made sure to devote his time to a good cause.
Along with Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Burr, the veteran right-hander visited the Dominican Republic over the winter to help clean up a local beach, which had been heavily polluted.
The two pitchers did this as part of a service project with a non-profit organization called “Players for the Planet,” which seeks to unite professional athletes across all sports in an effort to help create positive change for our environment.
On Twitter, a video from MLB Players Media shows some of the work that Giolito and Burr did this winter.
.@whitesox pitcher Lucas Giolito and @RaysBaseball pitcher Ryan Burr were part of a very special group this winter.
They joined some other athletes for a service trip to the Dominican Republic. @LGio27 | @players4planet 🇩🇴 pic.twitter.com/Jk1hVfVC7a
— MLB Players Media (@MLBPlayersMedia) February 21, 2023
Giolito says he enjoys helping out Players for the Planet and expressed his gratitude for being able to help create a better future for the environment.
Of course, it’s not easy work.
For those who have committed time to help create positive change for the planet, it can be quite a harrowing experience to see the conditions of certain countries and their lack of infrastructure.
But Giolito and Burr were determined to do more than just clean up the beach.
The two pitchers also visited one of the few recycling plants within the country in hopes of learning more about potential solutions to help create a better environment.
Burr stated that he believes some major changes need to be made in order to preserve the planet in terms of both policies and infrastructure, but also expressed faith in the work he and Giolito have done and their ability to make potential changes.
Giolito and Burr now plan to encourage others to take part in helping preserve the planet and the environment.NEXT: The White Sox Made Sure To Retain A Veteran Leader