Former Georgia Tech slugger Mark Teixeira is lending a financial hand to his alma mater’s baseball program.
The current New York Yankees first baseman announced Wednesday that he has created the Teixeira Athletic Sholarship Fund at Georgia Tech. A former national college player of the year for the Yellow Jackets, Teixeira has committed $500,000 to the school to cover the cost of an annual Georgia Tech baseball scholarship.
“Mark has always been a guy that has donated money to the program, and has done so since the day he signed,” Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall said. “The fact that he is going to endow a scholarship in his name for Georgia Tech baseball just shows the level of commitment and pride that he takes, not only in our program, but in Georgia Tech.
“We are very thankful that he has done this, and appreciate the support that he has given our program throughout the years.”
Teixeira played for Hall from 1999-2001, and earned a host of conference and national honors. He batted .409 during his three-year career while smacking 36 home runs and 165 RBI.
“Georgia Tech has always been a special place for me, and I have always welcomed the opportunity to help out the baseball program in any way possible,” Teixeira said. “I was very blessed to receive a scholarship.”
Teixeira was picked No. 5 overall in the 2001 MLB draft by the Texas Rangers. He made his major league debut in 2003, finishing fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. Teixeira has since won two Silver Slugger awards in addition to a pair of Gold Gloves and was named to the AL All-Star team in 2005.