Athletes for Hope

San Diego Padres Catcher Brightens the Days of Those in Need

Nick Hundley

Since participating in Athletes for Hope’s workshop with the San Diego Padres in 2010, Catcher Nick Hundley has helped to brighten the lives of sick children throughout the country.

In our first conversation with Nick, we discovered his tremendous passion for helping sick children, and shortly thereafter we coordinated Nick’s first visit to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA.  Nick had so much fun with the kids and this sparked an even greater interest in giving back to those in need.

Since his first visit, Nick has taken the time to visit hospitals throughout the country, including those in Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Even when he has very little free time when he is traveling with the Padres, Nick often makes time to visit those in need. When he is back in San Diego, Nick is a frequent visitor at Rady Children’s Hospital, and his impact has been felt by everyone who comes across his path.

Belinda Lanois of Rady Children’s Hospital said, “Thank you all for making my job the best job ever. Nick is extraordinary. Smiles and laughter filled the halls of the hemoc unit because of Nick. From telling jokes, to playing a game, to taking photos, Nick was completely genuine with each patient he met. He brought joy to every kiddo and family he visited with.  On days like today, my heart fills and I know why I do what I do. We made a difference.”