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.
With your support, Pitch In For Baseball was able to provide 45 gloves to kids in ...
Since we launched our Gloves for All project on the Global Giving site, we have completed 50 projects, including 13 international benefitting nearly 8,000 children. Within those projects, we gave away a total of nearly 2,000 gloves.
One project of particular note was in partnership with the Cambodia Baseball Federation. Baseball in Cambodia is just beginning really and there is an absence of government support, a lack of funding to support the growth of youth baseball, and equipment is not available for purchase. Together, we were able to provide enough equipment to start and/or expand seven baseball programs for children ages 10-15 in 6 Cambodian schools.
The Cambodia Baseball Federation conducts outreach to children and families in rural communities to offer a fun, recreational opportunity while promoting healthy lifestyles. In their first year of outreach, more than 100 children signed up and the Cambodia Baseball Federation was unable to meet the demand/interest. Interest in baseball continues to grow with kids ages 10-15 and schools to add to their curriculum. Pitch In For Baseball was able to provide the equipment and enough gloves to fully support 7 teams.
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Director of Development