Pitch In For Baseball

Pitch In For Baseball helps underserved children grow emotionally, socially and physically through the games of baseball and softball. We leverage relationships with key stakeholders in the industry, like Major League Baseball and Little League International to expand the impact of our organization's efforts.
Mar 9, 2015

Gloves for All

Kids helping to prepare the "field" for play
Kids helping to prepare the "field" for play

For many children in the Philippines, baseball is something new and interesting. Although the act of throwing a ball and running around a field may be a natural playground activity for many children, most kids in the Philippines grow up playing basketball.  The kids who have had the chance to play baseball love the game, and take advantage of every opportunity to play, typically on make-shift fields - any little spot of an open field, mostly dirt, sometimes with overgrown grass that the kids have to clear themselves.

Baseball is not as widespread in the Philippines because of the equipment. It is not uncommon to see opposing teams share gloves, in many cases, the teams will make do with their own improvised equipment (see photographs).  Kids pla oversized gloves being used by kids, baseball gloves made out of flip flops nailed onto a flat cardboard boxes, rolled up socks for softballs, baseball covered with electric tape, and cut broomsticks for bats. That’s how baseball is played in the Philippines.

Kids will rarely have a bat or glove, let alone a helmet or even shoes! This is why the contribution of Pitch in For Baseball matters a lot. It does allows the children to have their own equipment and for some their first ever pair of shoes or a baseball uniform that they can call their own. More than the equipment they receive, the kids in the Philippines are receiving a chance to play a game. One that will bring many happy memories of hot afternoons, dusty fields, great plays and a lot of fun. 

In early 2015, Pitch In For Baseball sent 11 pallets of equipment, valued at more than $75,000 to the Philippines. Contributions to our Gloves for All program helped to provide 100 gloves for Filipino children. Your support helped enable Pitch In For Baseball to provide many kids who are playing with ragtag equipment with the chance to play with good equipment in order to elevate their game and encourage their friends to join the leagues.

Kids with a basket of "baseballs" (stuffed socks)
Kids with a basket of "baseballs" (stuffed socks)
"Flip Flop Glove"
"Flip Flop Glove"
Another homemade baseball
Another homemade baseball
Oct 17, 2014

Gloves for All

Thank you for supporting our Gloves for All project.  Since our last report, our project has raised enough funds to provide 15 gloves to kids in the West Portland Little League (WPLL) in Jamaica.  West Portland Little League was started in 2006 by a gentleman who lives in Massachussetts but travels to Jamaica frequently, which helps to keep costs low.  Due to lack of resources, WPLL has trouble raising money and replacing equipment, which has resulted in a decline in participation numbers.  With 100 kids in the league, WPLL wants to increase the number of kids playing ball and Pitch In For Baseball is a key partner to achieving that goal. 

In 2014 to date, Pitch In For Baseball has sent more than 2,700 gloves to 140 partners all over the globe.  We've also worked hard to gather reporting and anecdotes to share with our donors.  Below are a few examples of the impact we are making around the globe:

Like many of the international programs PIFB helps, the equipment in Kenya is scarce, but the interest in the sport is growing. Over the past three years, Pitch In For Baseball has been helping the program Baseball4Africa, which works with secondary schools in Kenya to teach kids about the game. Founder of Baseball4Africa, Jim Tamarack has been taking trips to Kenya for the past ten years. Many of the kids who play are orphans and baseball has been an outlet for them. Through baseball, these children are excited for school and look forward to when Jim coaches them.

In Philadelphia, school district budget deficits have resulted in the elimination of non-academic yet vital youth development programs including baseball.  This year, PIFB supported 41 schools/63 baseball and softball programs. The demand for our programming in Philadelphia is a direct result of the district’s severe budget deficit. Schools need partners like PIFB to help stretch their dollars. For 7th graders Jahad, Destin, and Jimmy in one of our partner schools, baseball gave them a chance to be part of a team for the first time, to have camaraderie, something to look forward to, and as a result, their attendance and engagement levels in school also increased. Arman’s story is a similar – new to baseball, he excelled, emerging as one of the team’s leaders and ending the season with the second highest batting average on the team. For Jeneyska, her introduction to softball was life-changing, helping her to discover something she really loves and even motivating her and her family to find a school with a more competitive team. Baseball helped get Aaron back on track, helping to improve attendance, reduce behavioral issues, and even brought his recently divorced parents together at games, bonding in their support for him. And for Tony, baseball gave him a team, friends, and supports to help him heal from the loss of his father earlier in the year.

Oct 16, 2014

Final Report

For two years, Pitch In For Baseball has been working with the Pakistan Federation Baseball in the hopes of securing the funding to send baseball equipment to children in Pakistan.  In a country where cricket dominates, baseball is slowly increasing in popularity with children, men, and women yet the necessary equipment is not available.  While we have not yet raised all of the funds needed to support this project on a meaningful scale, we have started dialogue with a Pakistani foundation that runs a Sports for All program in partnership with local schools.  We are exploring a partnership and program whereby we would provide equipment to schools with a strong measurement componenent.  It is our intention that we would also send equipment to the Pakistan Federation Baseball to grow their youth baseball programs.  All funds generated through Global Giving to date will be earmarked to support the equipment and its delivery to these groups. 

While we are closing this project on Global Giving, we will continue to update donors on our progress.  We are determined to get equipment to Pakistani children.  Thank you for your support.

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