Tuscaloosa native and New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson will return to his hometown at 5:30 p.m. today to tour the facilities at Valor Grove Apartments on the VA campus.
Robertson's non-profit charitable foundation High Socks For Hope furnished the facilities for homeless veterans. While on site, the Paul W. Bryant High School and University of Alabama graduate will meet some of the veterans and welcome them to their new homes.
High Socks For Hope was founded by Robertson and his wife Erin after tornadoes ravaged Tuscaloosa in April 2011. The foundation has since worked to help Tuscaloosa families rebuild their lives after experiencing the loss of family members, homes and most of their possessions.
High Socks also furnished homes in Oklahoma and Texas in 2013. In 2014, it furnished more than 100 homes in New York and New Jersey for survivors of Superstorm Sandy.
"David's personal mission is to help families that have limited resources, who need help starting over due to circumstances beyond their control," a press release said. "David has always worked with veterans organizations, visited veterans in Walter Reid Hospital and is the representative for the Yankees for Wounded Warriors.
Under the Robertsons' leadership, High Socks For Hope will furnish up to 50 units for homeless veterans at Valor Grove Apartments in Tuscaloosa.
Robertson, 29, has spent each of his seven Major League Baseball seasons with the New York Yankees, serving mainly as a setup man for legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who retired at the end of the 2013 season. Last year, he was promoted to full-time closer, amassing 39 saves in 63 games pitched during the regular season.
Robertson's on-the-field work made news when he recently turned down a $15.3 million contract offer from the Yankees and decided to become a free agent.