Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, Wilson Sporting Goods joined the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) launching the limited-edition 2024 MDA Shamrocks A2000 1786 Glove. 

Paying homage to one of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraisers, the MDA-branded glove, featuring the MDA Shamrocks theme and an embroidered MDA logo on the pinky finger of the glove, is on display in partnering sporting goods stores.

Throughout Marchthousands of MDA retail partners across the county Go Green for the annual MDA Shamrocks campaign to benefit its mission to change the lives of kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and related neuromuscular diseases. Funds raised go towards research, advancing care and advocating for the support of families. 

“In an incredible 42 years of MDA Shamrocks partnerships, we have raised over $346 million, which has funded extraordinary breakthroughs in research, care and supported transformational experiences for kids at MDA Summer Camp,” said Morgan Roth, chief marketing officer for the MDA. “We are truly in the era of treatments for rare neuromuscular diseases thanks to support from the MDA Shamrocks fundraising campaign from enthusiastic partners. We are grateful to advocates, the employees who embrace the program every year and the customers who continue to demonstrate that they are here for their neighbors living with rare neuromuscular diseases across the country

The 2024 MDA Shamrocks A2000®1786 Glove was inspired by Kevin “Joey” Daily, an avid softball fan and former player diagnosed with a form of MD known as Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome. While the progression of the disease impacted his ability to play, it did not diminish his passion for the game. Daily began creating merchandise to raise awareness and advocate for the disease and designed an MDA-themed bat sold through Wilson Sporting Goods in 2022 and 2023 with 10 percent of each net sale benefiting MDA. Wilson Sporting Goods further supported MDA with a Giving Tuesday campaign before introducing the new glove this year.  

“Daily’s love of sports comes from his father, whom he credits as his most influential coach. To anyone who may want to play a sport but is nervous or apprehensive, he has the following advice: ‘Trust in your abilities. Have determination and don’t give up. And try to have fun doing it!’, reported Wilson Sporting Goods. 

“Sports lovers like Joey inspire us with their enthusiasm and dedication, and we couldn’t be prouder to support him and the MDA Shamrocks campaign. The funds raised are critical for research and care for people who live with neuromuscular diseases, and we are honored to be a part of this important mission with the Muscular Dystrophy Association,” said Jim Hackett, president and general manager of the Baseball/Softball division at Wilson Sporting Goods.  

Go here for more information on the MDA 2024 Shamrocks campaign. 

Image courtesy Wilson Sporting Goods