Restart Youth Baseball in Japan


The 2012 youth baseball season in Japan has begun. Thanks so much for your role in making that a reality! Included are photos from Little League Opening Day 2012 in Japan.

We have received such a great response that has helped bring the joy of baseball to many Japanese children. We are now looking ahead and will be meeting with Major League Baseball Player's Association and our contacts at Little League International to determine further needs for Japan's baseball programs.

In the meantime, the support that has been generated from this project has had a ripple effect; other communities in need have been assisted thanks to the donations we have continued to receive. For example, the youth baseball program in Henryville, Indiana approached Pitch In For Baseball after a severe tornado devastated the town in March 2012. Because of our generous donors, we were able to provide Henryville children with baseball equipment to make Opening Day possible.

Watch our video capturing the stories of the Henryville children and community members impacted by Pitch In For Baseball.

With the generous financial assistance of the Major League Baseball Players Trust, Pitch In For Baseball has successfully helped the tsunami-affected school and Little League programs in Japan. The donation of new equipment consisting of bats, baseballs, gloves, catcher's gear, batting tees, helmets, and equipment bags was delivered to children in November. 

There to help distribute the equipment was current Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and Ishinomaki native, Takashi Saito.  "I am honored to represent my fellow Major Leaguers in presenting the equipment to the youth of Ishinomaki," stated Takashi.
"I am truly grateful for the support the players have pledged to my native land, and on behalf of all players I can say we look forward to doing more in the future to help recovery efforts and to ensure that people around the world don't forget that so much more needs to be done before life returns to normal."

Pitch In For Baseball’s program to support youth baseball in Japan has expanded significantly.  Due to a partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Trust, PIFB will now be assisting 32 school-based programs in the town of Ishinomaki in addition to the 4 Little League programs in Myagi prefecture.  Funding from this partnership has enabled us to order new equipment from Wilson sporting goods and will pack this equipment in individual “team kits” once we receive it in our warehouse.  We anticipate delivering the equipment to the effected communities in November.

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Project Leader

Meredith Kim

Director of Development
Harleysville, PA United States

Where is this project located?

Japan   Sport
Map of Restart Youth Baseball in Japan