The Black Keys have begun selling baseball jersey style T-shirts through their online store, to benefit the West Akron Baseball League where Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney played as youngsters. The shirt was designed by Carney's brother, Michael, who has done other graphic design work for the band. All profits from the sales will be gong to support the W.A.B.L.
It's great to see the band giving back to the children of their hometown. Last year, they sponsored one of the teams (The Orioles) which raised a lot of attention through social media. They'll continue to sponsor the same team this year.
In a statement, drummer Patrick Carney said, “Dan and I played little league when we were kids before we got into music... It was a really positive hobby that kept us from sitting around watching TV. We are proud to be sponsoring WABL to hopefully offset some of the league’s expenses and get more kids outside having fun.”
A few days ago, Carney posted this picture of himself from the WABL:
WABL board member and vice president of T-ball Steve Milkovich is a neighbor of the Carney family. He was instrumental in bringing The Black Keys on board to raise money for the league. He has hopes that continued support through The Black Keys will help them build a new baseball field. At a fundraising event in Akron this past Saturday, Milkovich told Ohio.com:
“This is awesome. We have quite a nice little chunk saved up for a local little league team that survives on T-shirt and pizza sales. We’ve been saving for a decade now, but this will double what we have, hopefully... We have no idea what this could be. But we’ve been saving to buy our own fields coming up, and there is going to be a Black Keys Fields without a doubt.”
Check the shirts out at The Black Keys Official Store