The Wild Horse Children’s Foundation gets its name from the nickname Vin Scully gave to Yasiel Puig during his rookie year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The legendary broadcaster declared "And the Wild Horse is loose!" on a play where Puig circled the bases on a triple.
Yasiel Puig has always gravitated to children who remind him of his own struggles as a child in Cuba. As a result, he has reached out to thousands of children to try and make a difference in their lives. The opportunity to create The Wild Horse Children's Foundation was quickly realized as he was eager to stretch his reach to help children and families on a larger scale.
His first event came in December of 2016 in the Dominican Republic. Puig teamed up with former Dodgers coach, Manny Mota, whose foundation specializes in assisting underprivileged youth, much like Puig’s. They handed out food and supplies to children in Santo Domingo in an effort to make the Christmas season better for families. More than 250 families benefited from the event.
“It was a beautiful experience. We were able to work together, his foundation and my foundation, and do what we could for the kids,” said Puig.
It was then that Puig realized how much he could accomplish and since then has been setting the limits higher to reach as many children and families as possible.