Mikie Mahtook Foundation

Let's Strike Out Heart Disease

The Mikie Mahtook Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and prevention of heart disease, as well as other charitable causes.

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Former LSU Baseball star and current Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mikie Mahtook announced today that the Mikie Mahtook Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to support Baton Rouge residents affected by the recent flooding devastation.

(The Human Side of Sports)

In Mikie Mahtook’s world of pro baseball, he’s used to taking. Taking away a home run with a leaping catch in the outfield. Taking what the pitcher gives you at the plate. Taking a couple of pitches so a baserunner can steal. But now, Mahtook’s world includes giving. As in, giving back...

Mikie Mahtook stepped into the batter's box in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 12-7 loss to the Blue Jays looking for his first Major League hit. Little did the Rays' rookie know that his first hit would be a home run. The outfielder from Lafayette, La., had only been in the Major Leagues since Friday after the Rays recalled him to take the place of John Jaso when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list...

Rays outfield prospect Mikie Mahtook plays the game with the exuberance of an 11-year-old, diving and sliding, soaking in every out as if it were his last. "He plays baseball like a football player," LSU coach Paul Mainieri says, "100 miles an hour with his hair on fire all the time." Turns out, Mahtook, 22, plays like his dad. Michael Mahtook, a former LSU linebacker, died of heart disease when Mikie was 4. To honor him, Mahtook wears his father's No. 54 and writes it on his baseball cleats.

"Mikie Mahtook will get his first taste of the major leagues Friday. The Tampa Bay Rays called up the LSU baseball product from Triple-A Durham after they placed John Jaso (left wrist) on the disabled list Thursday. Mahtook, an outfielder, has steadily moved up the Rays system since they took him in 31st overall in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He batted .292 with 33 doubles and 12 home runs in a full Triple-A season in 2014."

Mikie Mahtook launches a foundation to raise money for heart disease prevention and research.

Professional baseball player and LSU College World Series Champion Mikie Mahtook, as well as legendary LSU Baseball coaches Skip Bertman and Paul Mainieri all gathered together this past weekend in Lafayette for the start of the Mikie Mahtook Foundation. After losing his father at a young age to heart disease, Mikie Mahtook created his foundation to help research heart disease in hopes of helping other families.

Tiger Baseball Legends For Charity Event

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Tiger Baseball Legends For Charity Event
Presenting Sponsors
Lourde Murray All In Wellness
L'Auberge Casino & Hotel
L'Auberge Casino & Hotel

Spend an evening with the greatest gathering of LSU Baseball Legends in history, including Coaches Paul Mainieri and Skip Bertman. Relive the stories of their playing days at LSU, College World Series experiences and time in the Major Leagues from your favorite Tiger players.

Tiger Baseball Legends for Charity benefits several charitable organizations in Louisiana. The event features several of the legends on stage together, food and drink, performance paintings, a live and silent auction and plenty of fun.

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The Mikie Mahtook Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and prevention of heart disease, as well as other charitable causes. The Foundation was established in 2014 by professional baseball player and LSU College World Series Champion Mikie Mahtook in honor of his father Michael, who died of heart disease at the age of 32 when Mikie was just four years old.

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