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San Francisco Pitcher Scores Giant Honor from Whitworth

Recognizing his extraordinary work as an advocate for social justice, Whitworth University presented an honorary bachelor's degree to San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt at Whitworth's 125th Spring Convocation.

Affeldt's degree was presented by Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor in recognition of Affeldt's efforts, which have been largely accomplished through Generation Alive, the Spokane nonprofit organization that Affeldt founded in 2005. Generation Alive's primary focus is to develop a generation of young leaders committed to serving others who are suffering from extreme poverty or social injustice.

"Because Jeremy Affeldt's efforts are so closely aligned with Whitworth's service-learning efforts and with Christ's mandate to reach out to those in need, Whitworth is especially pleased to be able to present this honorary degree," Taylor said during the ceremony. "[This degree] goes to a man whose power on the mound is matched only by his strength of character and his rock-solid belief in freeing the oppressed and feeding the hungry – a man who earns accolades in the sporting world and who earns thanks and admiration from those outside baseball whom he has made it his life's mission to help."

In 2014, Generation Alive partnered with Whitworth students, faculty, staff, alums, friends and community volunteers to raise $150,000 and pack 600,000 meals, which were then distributed by Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest to hungry people in Spokane, as well as to Nicaraguans in need.

Generation Alive works closely in conjunction with other compassion-based nonprofits, including Not for Sale, C3 Missions International, Living Water International, One World Futbol Project and Second Harvest Food Bank.

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