CO-FOUNDER CC Sabathia is the ace of the New York Yankees pitching staff, a leader in the clubhouse and a driving force for the Yankees in the community. He is a six-time Major League Baseball All-Star and was honored with the American League Cy Young Award in 2007, given annually to the best pitcher in each league in MLB. In 2012, Sabathia was 15-6 for the Yankees with a 3.38 ERA, threw 200 innings or more for sixth consecutive season, and has one of the most durable arms in baseball. He went 19-8 for the Yankees in 2011 and has won 83 total games for them in 4 seasons, including 21 in 2010. CC and his wife Amber, are co-founders of the PitCCh In Foundation, a national non profit established in 2009, to enrich the lives of inner city youth. They are the parents of four children, Carsten (9), Jaden (7), Cyia (4) and Carter (2).
CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Amber Sabathia is at the helm of her multi-faceted career as a businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the PitCCh In Foundation and oversees all aspects of the organization’s operations and charitable giving programs. Having grown up in the inner city and raised by a single mother, Amber learned important life lessons and used them to set certain goals and dreams – to follow your heart and know that anything is possible. These core values led Amber to establish the PitCCh In Foundation, dedicated to building self-esteem and enriching the lives of inner city youth nationwide. In addition to the creation and development of the foundation’s three signature programs and special initiatives, Amber serves on the Board of Directors of the Therapeutic Nursery of the JCC on the Palisades in Alpine, NJ. At the same time she is following her passion and flair for fashion to design and develop her new brand CCandy™, a unique line of branded sports logo-themed clothes for children launched in spring 2013. She is married to her high school sweetheart, CC Sabathia, Cy Young Award-winning pitcher for the New York Yankees. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. If you ask Amber, she would say, “My greatest accomplishment is being a mother of four amazing children, two boys and two girls.”
PROGRAM DIRECTOR Candy Crary serves as the Program Director of the PitCCh In Foundation. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector in various capacities, but always promoting services to enrich the lives of underserved youth. Prior to joining PIF, Ms. Crary worked at the Oliver Scholars Program, the New York Community College Trustees of SUNY, the NYS Assembly in Albany, and the Citigroup Foundation. She has also volunteered with the Only Make Believe organization and the Young Patrons Committee of the Schott Foundation. Ms. Crary graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.