Matt Kemp starred at Midwest City High School in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area before reaching the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers. As the magnitude of the tragedy in Kemp's hometown became apparent on Monday evening, the slugger made a pledge to help the victims of the tornado that devastated the area.
I'm giving $1000 for tonight's HR and every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in OKC. #PrayforOklahoma
— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) May 21, 2013
Kemp talked about his own memories of tornados from his youth as well his current connections to Moore, the town hit by a deadly storm on Monday.
"I know where the schools are. My mom lived in a house in Moore and we gave it to my aunt and uncle. They weren't home today, but they said two blocks away there's nothing left," Kemp said after the Dodgers' 3-1 win over the Brewers, via MLB.com. "I've never been through an earthquake, but I've seen what a tornado can do and you just can't even believe it."
Correction: A previous headline on this article misstated the amount Matt Kemp pledged.