This season, Goodrum spent his first full season in the Major Leagues and shined with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs. He also played in historic stadiums and signed his name inside the iconic Green Monster at Fenway Park.
However, Goodrum’s fondest memory wasn’t on the baseball field. It was giving back to the communities that showed him so much support.
Goodrum was active in helping provide water in Flint, MI and has now returned home to help the youth in Fayette County.
On January 5, Goodrum is hosting a Back to School Giveaway for local Fayette County students. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Play It Again Sports in Fayetteville. Goodrum will be handing out school supplies and materials for those in need.
“I know how supplies get low and sometimes parents have things that they need to do,” Goodrum said. “Sometimes they can’t get those school supplies. I wanted to do something to give back to the community that I grew up in and took care of me.”
Some of the top giveaway items include basic supplies like pencil sharpeners, pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, and notebooks. The Detroit Tigers organization also got involved and sent Goodrum some nifty gifts as well.
“The Tigers sent me some lunchboxes for the younger kids and notebooks with the logo on it,” Goodrum said. “They wanted to be involved with it too.”
Community involvement holds a special part in the Goodrum family. From a young age, he saw the importance of helping others. His father, Tim Goodrum, was active in helping to develop younger players and that was passed down to Niko.
Tim was proud to see his son use his platform give back. He discussed the importance to leave a legacy behind with great work and diligence.
“It’s probably the most rewarding part for a parent to see your children grow up and get out on their own and have the heart to know that there are other people out there (in need),” Tim Goodrum said.
Among his community service endeavors, Niko Goodrum is also preparing for the upcoming season. He is working with his trainers to develop more upper body strength to excel in his second year with the Tigers.
Goodrum also has taken advice from veteran teammates Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez on how to approach the game. He vows to continue building a consistent regime that allows him to be at peak performance to help the Tigers win games.
He also plans to continue taking in the novelties of MLB history. Getting to see the historic Fenway in Boston and Yankee Stadium in New York was a great start. Next year, Goodrum hopes to experience more unique atmospheres.
“(It’s cool) to see the different cities and play in those stadiums that you grew up watching and here about,” Goodrum said. “It’s the type of stuff like that you don’t get to see if you weren’t playing.”
Who knows? Maybe a key atmosphere will be the World Series in 2019.