By Claire Miller
Joc Pederson goes by the mantra: “Live like a champ.” The phrase, coined by older brother Tyger and inspired by oldest brother Champ (who has Down syndrome) means live life to the fullest and don’t take anything for granted. No matter what you’re going through, pick your head up and live like a champ.
To help spread the Pederson family philosophy, Joc Pederson teamed up with New Era to design an exclusive Dodger hat featuring the family motto, with 31% of the sales benefiting Best Buddies, the charity of Pederson’s choice dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“(Our family) wouldn’t be who we are without Champ,” Joc said. “He kind of brings us all together. This is just somewhat a small thing that is going to bring us closer, and Best Buddies is a great cause.”
Senior vice president of corporate partnerships Michael Young hopes this will be the beginning of a trend. Depending on the success of the sales, the “Live Like a Champ” hat could pave the way for more exclusive hats helping other worthy causes.
The “Live Like a Champ hat” is now on sale exclusively at Dodger Stadium in the Right Field Plaza New Era store on game days, while supplies last.