Phillies shortstop prospect Bryson Stott gives back during holiday season.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop prospect Bryson Stott recently spread holiday cheer through giving back to student athletes in need at his hometown in Las Vegas.
“There are many local student athletes who work hard, do the right thing, and pursue goals who aren’t feeling the blessing of this year,” said KLAS-LV’s Jon Tritsch. “On Sunday, Stott decided to change that.”
Last Wednesday, Stott tweeted that he was participating in a Venmo challenge. He ended up raising several thousands of dollars and then matched it with his own money. As a result, six student athletes were able to peruse the Target aisles to get items from their Christmas wish list.
“I feel like I have the platform to be a role model to these kids,” Stott told Tritsch. “My mom always tells me to never forget where I came from.”
The Phillies drafted Stott, now 23, in the first round of the 2019 draft out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He grew up in the same area as star outfielder Bryce Harper; the two are already close friends.
Among the items the student athletes were able to get thanks to Stott’s efforts included clothes, a computer, blender, and even a basketball hoop. “I heard a couple of them say they want to do this when they have the chance to do it, so I can’t wait to follow these kids and see what they become,” Stott told Tritsch.
Stott’s first professional season with the Phillies in 2019 was a success on the field, with him slashing .295/.391/.494 with nine doubles, three triples, six home runs, and 27 RBI across 193 plate appearances. He will likely reach as high as the Double- or Triple-A level in 2021. What he is doing off the field now means so much more during these unprecedented times.