Thursday, August 22, 2019
The FDNY Foundation is pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz and his wife Taylor, the children of FDNY members with 9/11 related illnesses will have increased educational opportunity. The TRU32 Scholarship Fund, started by Matz said it supports what he calls the TRUE heroes and his number 32. This scholarship fund will support the educational goals of the children of New York’s Bravest who sacrificed so much on 9/11.
Steven, a native New Yorker, says he will never forget 9/11 and the awe-inspiring bravery of FDNY members. “Taylor and I are humbled and honored to give back to those who gave so much. So many first responders — and their families — still suffer from the lasting effects of 9/11. We hope that the TRUE32 Scholarship Fund will ease their financial burden and assure families that we will never forget.”
Donations can be made to the TRU32 Scholarship fund by going to www.fdnyfoundation.org/donate and choosing “TRU32 Scholarship Fund” from the drop down.
The FDNY Foundation thanks Steven and Taylor for their continuous support and generosity of New York’s Bravest. Jean O’Shea, the Executive Director of the FDNY Foundation said of the Scholarship Fund, “Through the TRU32 Scholarship Fund, we can join Steven and Taylor in honoring the sacrifices of FDNY members who served so bravely on 9/11. Steven Matz said that if he wasn’t a professional baseball player, he would have pursued his dream to become a firefighter. Steven values first responders. He considers them our true heroes and he wants to honor their dedication through the Tru32 platform.
To date, Steven and his TRU32 Program have hosted countless first responders, FDNY, NYPD, EMT’s and Military members at NY Mets games. In 2018 the program expanded to include scholarship contributions for young people who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Funds will continue to be allocated to the “line-of-duty-death” scholarship funds also offered on the FDNY Foundation website. This is a collective effort to raise awareness, create opportunity, and honor those first responder families who have sacrificed greatly to provide peace of mind for us all.