When he was young, Michael Kohn used to help his father work at a local soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
“He taught me how important it is to give back at this time of year,” said Kohn, a former College of Charleston baseball standout who pitches for the Los Angeles Angels in Major League Baseball.
Kohn put that lesson into action Wednesday, handing out full Thanksgiving meals to families at Mitchell Elementary School in downtown Charleston for the second year in a row. He also passed out goodie bags and autographed pictures and hats.
“Even though I play in Los Angeles, I consider Charleston my home,” said Kohn, who had a 1-4 record with a 3.74 earned-run average in 53 innings as a relief pitcher this season. “I wanted to do something great for this city. I feel like this is the least I can do for a city that’s given so much to me.
“This is something I want to keep doing as long as I can.”
Kohn, a native of Camden, played for the Cougars from 2007-08, making the switch to relief pitcher his final season. He was drafted in the 13th round in 2008 by the Angels and made his MLB debut in 2010. He underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2012.
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