Breaking News
More () »

Twins catcher gifts scholarships to three MN students

Gary Sanchez's scholarship program "Swing for the Fences" awards funds to students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Credit: Bold.org
Twins catcher Gary Sanchez with scholarship winners Angel Zheng, Melina Figueroa and Janaan Ahmed

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins catcher Gary Sanchez is giving back to the community through his scholarship program "Swing for the Fences," which recently awarded funds to a group of local students. 

Angel Zheng from Cannon Falls High School, Janaan Ahmed from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Melina Figueroa from Spring Lake Park High School were each presented with a $10,000 check before the Twins game against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field on Sept. 23.

Click here to watch Sanchez present Zheng, Ahmed and Figueroa with their scholarships on the diamond at Target Field.

RELATED: Twins catcher Gary Sanchez awards scholarships to 3 Minnesota students

Sanchez says he started the program in collaboration with Bold.org to help students from under-represented backgrounds have the financial support to achieve their goals. 

“When I decided to start the scholarship, I knew I wanted to find students in under-represented segments of Minneapolis who could have an impact in their own way to the State’s future," Sanchez said. "In Angel, Janaan and Melina, I have no doubt that we did so. All three are strong, young women who have overcome much. They have much to offer Minnesota."

Sanchez grew up in the Dominican Republic and played for the New York Yankees before joining the Twins. He is among multiple athletes and public figures that sponsor the efforts of Bold.org, including NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, MLB player Austin Hays, and professional tennis player Sloane Stephens.

RELATED: 4 Ukrainian students attend International School of Minnesota on full scholarship

RELATED: 'This means everything': Twin Cities students surprised with $16K scholarships

Watch more local news:

Watch the latest local news from the Twin Cities in our YouTube playlist:

Before You Leave, Check This Out