“The gift of giving is not about the actual gift itself. It is not about feeling like you did something good. It is not about looking better in the public’s eye. To me, it is about the moment of happiness you can create in a person’s life by the simple gesture of letting them know that they matter to you.” – Brian Wilson
Much of Brian’s most meaningful work takes place off the baseball diamond and in the community where he gives both of his heart and of his time to help people in need, to educate and to inspire hope in all people.
Brian is an advocate for finding a cure for cancer. He has seen firsthand what cancer can do to a family with the loss of his father when he was just 17 years old. He dedicates every pitch he throws to his dad, who introduced him to baseball as a child, but sadly never got the chance to see him pitch professionally. Brian’s dedication to his father and God can be seen at the conclusion of every successful save when he crosses his arms and points to the sky.
On Memorial Day 2011 Brian announced the creation of the Michael Wilson Scholarship in partnership with the Air Force Association, to reflect the honor, commitment to service, and the legacy of Brian’s father.
Michael Wilson Scholarship
The ‘Michael Wilson Scholarship’ has been established by Brian Wilson as a legacy to his father, Michael Wilson, and to honor his father’s memory and commitment to service in the United States Air Force. The gift is the largest scholarship given by an individual to be administered by the Air Force Association in its 65 year history.
Two scholarships will be awarded each year for the next five years (2011 to 2015) and is open to any Air Force ROTC Cadet in the United States of America.
Conditions of Eligibility
Applicants must be a current Air Force ROTC cadet in good standing, enrolled full time as an incoming junior or senior.
The applicants must currently be enrolled in the Professional Air Force ROTC Officer Course program and:
- Attend both the Aerospace Studies class and Leadership Lab each semester
- Be enrolled in full-time study in areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics
- Have completed at least two years of undergraduate work
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale
For additional information or questions please visit: www.AFA.org/MichaelWilson
Brian is also involved in:
- MLB Honorary Bat Girl Contest – Celebrity Judge: Brian served as celebrity judge for the honorary Bat Girl Contest, led by Major League Baseball® and Susan G. Komen for The Cure®. He read through inspirational stories from MLB fans that face cancer in their daily lives and helped to select the honorary Bat Girls for each MLB team. He also made an early morning visit to NBC’s Today Show wearing bright pink in support of all women and finding a cure for cancer.
- The National MS Society Bike Event: Brian participated in the ‘Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour’ in support of National MS Society’s mission to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, the most common neurological disorder leading to disability in young adults. The ‘Brian Wilson Bike MS team’ was a top fundraiser for the tour.
- The United States Military: Brian comes from an Air Force family, and supports U.S. troops and their families. He annually attends the Air Force Ball, visits with troops in military hospitals at the bedside of injured soldiers, participates in activities that raise the spirits and morale of the injured that assists in the recovery process, and visits with troops at the ballpark in San Francisco and around the country.
- The Performing Arts: Brian teamed with St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa to raise funds and help educate children about the performing arts.
- The Irish Cultural Center San Francisco: Brian participates in the main fundraiser for the non-profit Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco. The cultural center celebrates and promotes Irish culture and heritage for the benefit of the Irish community.
- An Advocate For Children: Brian cares about all children. He visits with sick children and their families before games in San Francisco and at various ballparks around the country. He funded two holiday parties for children and families at the Janet Pomeroy Center for youngsters with disabilities and at UC San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital.
- The San Francisco Giants Fellowship: Strong in his faith, Brian participates in the San Francisco Giants Fellowship Day and its activities that inspire faith and hope.
“It is our duty as Americans to help the quality of life in our brothers and sisters. The gift is the ability to put someone else before you, no matter the situation.” – Brian Wilson