Rockies players Hawkins, Stubbs try to 'Live Below the Line'

LaTroy Hawkins and Drew Stubbs can attest that $1.50 a day for food isn't quite enough to adequately sustain a big leaguer during the season.

To call attention to the Players Trust's participation in The Global Poverty Project's "Live Below the Line" campaign, the Rockies players agreed to shoot a video during Spring Training in Arizona as they tried to buy five days' worth of groceries for both of them on a budget of just $15.

To view the video please click here.

The idea of the "Live Below the Line" challenge is to demonstrate in real terms the difficult choices faced by people trying to survive in poverty.

One billion people around the world are living in extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.50 a day for all their needs. People living in extreme poverty are faced with difficult and life-affecting decisions, having to choose between a life-saving vaccine, shelter or food.

So for the fourth straight year, the Global Poverty Project is challenging participants to live on $1.50 per day for food and drink for one to five days during the week of April 27-May 1.  

The Players Trust is participating for the first time. Those interested in joining the players in their efforts to support the Trust's Live Below the Line participation are asked to visit LiveBelowTheLine.com.

The Players Trust will also accept off-line contributions in support of the Live Below the Line challenge. Donations can be made with a credit card by calling 888-714-0755 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

While it won't be possible for Hawkins or Stubbs or any other Major Leaguer to take part in the challenge for the full week during the season, Hawkins (@LaTroyHawkins32) and Stubbs (@drewstubbs13) plan to "live below the line" for a day on Thursday (April 16) and share their experiences on social media.

The Live Below the Line campaign fits well with the Players Trust's mission. From providing micro-loans to women in the Dominican Republic to building homes and schools for natural disaster victims in the Philippines and elsewhere, big leaguie players though the Trust are supporting efforts to eliminate poverty around the world.