Yankees' Robertson sets up foundation

Published May. 26, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Yankees reliever David Robertson is spending his off day Thursday in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he will help victims of last month's deadly tornado.

Robertson and his wife, Erin, have set up a foundation to raise money for the victims of the disaster, and Robertson traveled there to see the devastation first-hand.

Robertson plans to spend Thursday meeting with community leaders as he tries to figure out how he can best help the area.

"I'm a little nervous to go down there and see how one bad day and one tornado can destroy a town pretty much," Robertson said. "It's kind of weird to know that everything you're used to seeing isn't there anymore. I'm really nervous to see how bad it is."

The 26-year-old, who is having a superb season for the Yankees so far, will donate $100 for every strikeout to the David and Erin Robertson Fund.

They also have set up a website -- www.highsocksforhope.com -- where people can find more information.

Robertson grew up in Tuscaloosa and went to college there at Alabama. His family's home was not affected by the tornado, but he has friends who lost their homes.


More than 40 people died in Tuscaloosa County in the April 27 tornado.