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R.A. Dickey, NY Mets Pitcher, Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro To Fight Human Trafficking

First Posted: 01/23/2012 11:13 am Updated: 06/14/2012 11:37 am

While most professional baseball players spend their off season kicking back, New York Mets' R.A. Dickey decided to risk his safety -- and his job -- to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro during his time off to raise awareness for sex trafficking.

Although management warned Dickey that they would void his contract if he got injured, that didn't stop him from embarking upon and completing the challenge. The Mets pitcher recently returned from the escapade, which helped raise money for Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that fights trafficking in India, CNN reports.

"The thought of my own daughters being exposed to the atrocities that happen in Mumbai, in the brothels, and through sex slavery over there just was heartbreaking," Dickey told CNN, "and so I felt almost criminal not trying to use any platform that I had to raise awareness for a cause that is incredibly worthy."

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