Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts was honored with the Pioneer of African American Achievement Award by the Brotherhood Crusade Dec. 9, at the organization’s 54th Annual Award Gala. The event was celebrated at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The African American Achievement Award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions in their industry and made an impact in the community by improving the quality of life for youth and families through education, advocacy and community building.

“I am humbled and blessed to receive the Brotherhood Crusade 2022 African American Achievement Award,” said Betts. “It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that understands the importance of meeting the needs of our community directly, and I look forward to continuing our partnership to improve the lives of youth and communities of color.” 

The commitment of Betts’ foundation, Acts Inspired by Mookie (AIM), to assist communities facing economic hardship and food insecurity made honoring him an easy decision for President and CEO of Brotherhood Crusade, Charisse Bremond-Weaver. 

“The Brotherhood Crusade selected Mookie Betts because he embodies our organization’s values and believes in taking action to improve the quality of life for those in the community,” said Bremond-Weaver.  “Mookie Betts is an exceptional athlete, husband and father, and has given back unconditionally to help those less fortunate overcome barriers that systemically hinder the progress of our community. Today, Brotherhood Crusade continues to do the same.”

The gala featured entertainment by three-time GRAMMY® award-winning R&B hitmaker, NE-YO, and speeches from elected officials Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell. 

More than one million dollars was raised to continue to support and grow the many programs and services that Brotherhood Crusade provides for the youth of South Los Angeles.

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