Mike Rowe of "Returning the Favor" at STL Youth Sports Outreach.

(Courtesy of Returning the Favor, Facebook)

Mike Rowe Surprised a St. Louis Charity With $40K Gift

The video is here, showing what Mike Rowe did earlier this year for STL Youth Sports Outreach.

December 04, 2018 - 1:00 pm

STL Youth Sports Outreach is a not for profit, community based organization located in Overland, Mo., try to make sure no child in the St. Louis-area will be unable to participate in youth sports due to a lack of equipment. 

Owner Billy Mayhall says some families are literally being priced out of their sports due to increasing team fees and rising prices for baseball gloves, soccer balls, footballs and golf clubs. So he and his volunteers spend two days per week giving out used equipment to kids and families who can't afford it. 

Now TV host Mike Rowe and his Facebook show "Returning the Favor" have helped make Mayhall's job a little easier. The show's goal is pretty simple. They find good people, doing good things and give them some help. 

Rowe surprised Mayhall at his store in St. Louis and asked him to attend a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. But that wasn't the surprise. 

Not only were Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko at the game to give Mayhall a check for $10,000, but awaiting outside Busch Stadium was a truck with $30,000 worth of athletic equipment ready to be used by young athletes in the St. Louis area.

You can watch the full video, here: