WCL: Kerry Wood

The 14 Year MLB veteran talk about retiring, life after baseball, his first children's book and how he'll be more active than ever in the Chicago community with the Wood Family Foundation.


In Kerry's first children's book, "All You Can Be: Learning & Growing Through Sports," he explains how he is living proof that with hard work, determination and sacrifice, any dream ? big or small ? can become a reality. The book was co-written by MLB.com reporter Carrie Muskat, and illustrated by 30 Chicago Public School fourth graders who provided drawings exemplifying their own goals for the future. A portion of all proceeds from book sales will help support children's programs run by the Wood Family Foundation. It can be purchased at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com , The Cubs Store Wrigley, Costco and indie retailers such as Anderson's Book Shop and the Bookstall.

The Wood Family Foundation

Wood Family Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit 501c3 organization that was founded in June 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for its children's programs and other children's charities they support. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission of giving children the resources they need to succeed.

Upcoming Wood Family Foundation Events:
Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament
June 27th from 7:30pm-10:30pm at 10 Pin Bowling Lounge.
It will be emceed by Val & Ryan and feature 24 corporate-sponsored teams with assigned celebrity
captains. Online auction kicked off Wednesday, May 30th at www.woodfamilyfoundation.org featuring
-Fishing with Kerry
-Bowling with Theo Epstein
-Signed Derek Jeter Yankees jersey
-Signed Tony Esposito Blackhawks jersey
-Throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game
-Bat boy for a day at Wrigley
-Golf cart signed by the entire Cubs team
-Tickets to a taping of Saturday Night Live
-Meet & Greet with WWE Superstar CM Punk

School Supply Drive

This summer, the Wood Family Foundation is participating in two back-to-school events.
-HopeFest on Saturday, July 28, in Humboldt Park. HopeFest reaches more than 15,000 families and provides resources and services to help these families prepare for the new school year.
-Safe Haven Back to School Rally in Englewood on Friday, Aug. 3. More than 3,500 CPS students attend this event, and it's a day filled with fun to celebrate the return of the school year.