Lew Polley will next compete at Bellator 77 when he takes on Carmelo Marrero, but the former Ultimate Fighter coach will fight for a little something extra this time around.
Polley tweeted last week that when he competes at Bellator 77 he would donate his fight shirt and shorts to raise money for charity to go to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital.
The charitable donation was done unsolicited, and when Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney got wind of this he decided to up the ante.
“I was just looking on Twitter and just seeing what different people had put out, and I always kind of take a look and I saw Lew’s tweet. It was pretty simple, it said ‘I’m going to be donating my Bellator fight shirt and shorts for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital’ and it was such a cool, positive thing for him to have done proactively, and the second I saw it I just thought I would go right back at him and let me see if I can help where I can,” Rebney told MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
To help boost the charitable donation, Rebney and Bellator will also be donating 4 VIP seats to Bellator 77, in cage pictures, Bellator gear, and a few other prizes to the auction winners.
All of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Rebney says he’s always impressed when fighters take it upon themselves to step up and help out in the community or through charitable donations like this one, and he wanted to do whatever he could to help.
“Nothing makes me happier than seeing a guy like Lew say on his own ‘I want to do something, I want to help’ and whether it generates $1000 or $10,000, athletes are in a unique position where they can give back, and people will listen to what they have to say, and when they have something to say like that, it’s all good,” said Rebney.
For more details about the auction and where to bid follow Lew Polley on Twitter, with all proceeds from the auction going to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.