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Holliday, Freese swing for fences with new charity program

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St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese, left, and teammate Matt Holliday celebrate the Cardinals' 4-2 victory over the Florida Marlins in a baseball game, Thursday, May 20, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Belo Content KMOV St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese, left, and teammate Matt Holliday celebrate the Cardinals' 4-2 victory over the Florida Marlins in a baseball game, Thursday, May 20, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Belo Content KMOV

(KMOV) -- St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday and David Freese will be joining forces with SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and asking fans to step up to the plate with a new pledge program called "Homers for Health."

“This is an opportunity to make every home run hit this year by the Cardinals matter in the lives of kids,” said Matt Holliday at a press conference at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

This program encourages fans to make a 25-cent pledge for every Cardinal homerun hit in 2012.

“David and I know how amazing our fans are. This is a great way for all of us to celebrate home runs together and rally to help the kids at SSM Cardinal Glennon,” said Holliday.

A Rally Tally Scorecard and a Homers for Health window cling will be given to each donor willing to make the pledge. Donors who pledge over 50-cents will also receive a commemorative photo from Freese and Holliday thanking them for their generous donations and support.

“We know thousands of fans will step up to the plate with us and make a pledge. Together, we’re going to help a lot of kids get back in the game,” Freese said.

Dan Buck, executive director of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation is extremely happy to have Holliday and Freese as a part of their team.

“Matt and David are incredible ambassadors for Cardinal Glennon and we’ve been amazed by all the wonderful corporate and community support that has rallied behind them,” said Buck.

The new program is a community-wide effort throughout the St. Louis region. Activities are planned during the month of April at dozens of schools, companies and amidst SSM Health Care system employees.

“We’d love to see a bunch of schools and local companies all doing something fun and meaningful on April 13, our home opener day, to support the Homers for Health program,” Holliday said.

Fans can find pledge forms at all Dierbergs locations or online at glennon.org. Homers for Health is presented Centene Charitable Foundation and powered by Peabody.

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