“And so they’re already using their given abilities for a cause greater than themselves. And when they see those kids, and how those kids look up to them, it changes them.”

Jerry Ford, the founder and president of Perfect Game, echoed those feelings. While the All-American Classic itself is obviously important on its own right, giving players the opportunity to use baseball to give back is what the event is all about.

“To me, this game is about the cause,” Ford said. “That’s what it’s about. And almost to a man, if you went back and interviewed these guys now, the guys that are in the big leagues that played in this game, they’ll remember the game and it will be a highlight for them–but they all remember the cause.

“That’s the one thing they’ll never forget.”