Pitch In For Baseball

Founded in 2005, Pitch In For Baseball believes that baseball is an effective tool for youth development. Not only does baseball give kids a chance to be a kid and play, but it also helps to create healthy communities, break down barriers, and instill valuable life lessons. PIFB aims to reduce barriers to play and bring communities together by collecting and redistributing much needed baseball/softball equipment to groups serving under-resourced children.
Mar 20, 2017

West Virginia

Clendenin LL field
Clendenin LL field

In June 2016, massive flooding in West Virginia caused by more than 10 inches of rain within a 24 hour span destroyed thousands of homes and displaced entire communities.  Within the destruction, schools were condemned and local youth baseball and softball organizations lost everything including equipment, concession stands, and fields.

Pitch In For Baseball was contacted by groups in West Virginia struggling to make 2017 baseball and softball seasons possible for hundreds of children.  In June 2016, massive flooding caused by more than 10 inches of rain within a 24 hour span destroyed thousands of homes and displaced entire communities.  Nearly 8 months later, communities in West Virginia are still assessing the damage and working to secure resources to rebuild.  Within the destruction, schools were condemned and local youth baseball and softball organizations lost everything including equipment, concession stands, and fields.

With the support of the broader community, the Baseball Center in New York City, and the Tull Foundation, we were able to help all teams replace all of the lost equipment.

Herbert Hoover High School - Baseball and Softball

June's flooding caused so much destruction that district and city officials questioned whether Herbert Hoover High School would be able to open in the fall.  FEMA condemned the building and Herbert Hoover High School is operating out of temporary facilities out of the local middle school.  Both the baseball and softball teams lost everything - from playing equipment to field equipment to concession stands.  PIFB was able to replenish the lost equipment, allowing school officials to focus on securing other essentials.

White Sulphur Little League

White Sulphur Little League’s baseball fields were submerged under 5 feet of water for several weeks.  Their equipment shed was swept away and they were unable to salvage anything other than some rakes and shovels.  WSLL has 5 teams and includes 60 children between the ages of 5 and 13.  PIFB provided 5 team kits to fully rebuild the lost equipment, totaling nearly $9,000.  Equipment will be distributed in mid-March.

Clendenin Little League

June's flooding severely damaged Clendenin Little League's field and field house and wiped out all of the equipment.  A league of 150 kids and 12 teams were in jeopardy of not having a season.  PIFB is in the process of working with Clendenin LL to finalize their equipment needs.  In the coming weeks, PIFB will secure the new equipment to rebuild their program and coordinate delivery so that kids can play ball this season.

White Sulphur Equipment Buildings
White Sulphur Equipment Buildings
White Sulphur Equipment
White Sulphur Equipment
Herbert Hoover (water)
Herbert Hoover (water)
Herbert Hoover (drained)
Herbert Hoover (drained)
Dec 26, 2016

A record year!

Over the past four years, Pitch In For Baseball (Pitch In For Baseball) has grown exponentially, more than doubling the number of projects completed and the number of kids served annually.  In 2016 to date, we completed 350 projects, helping nearly 60,000 kids play ball in 23 countries and 36 states in the U.S.  The demand continues to increase and we have found that our inventory has not been growing at the same rate.  We support 100% of requests from programs that are helping under-resourced children.  With limited inventory, we give something to everyone but we want to be able to do more. 

In 2016, we donated more than 10,000 gloves but there were more than 20,000 requested.  With more resources, we can help more kids and we can assist on a larger scale. 

Below are some stories of kids your donation supported:

LA Monarch Girls Baseball, Los Angeles
When longtime baseball fan and Los Angeles native Gillian realized that the area had many girls who wanted to continue playing baseball, she formed the LA Monarchs, a girls only baseball team. With a number of girls coming from low income families, many of them struggle to pay the minimal participation fee and cannot afford equipment. PIFB was able to help with their equipment needs and keep the girls on the field.

Mariana & Luisa, Colombia
Left by their fathers at a young age, Mariana and Luisa have faced great adversity in their lives.  Each having only one parent who struggle to make ends meet, both girls began selling candy in the streets at a young age to help  provide for their families. After a local league received gear from PIFB, Mariana and Luisa   decided to play. The girls fell in love with the sport and are now able to spend time off the streets playing baseball, learning life values, having fun, and enjoying their childhood.

Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud, Rosebud, SD
Each year, the Arizona Diamondbacks host an Inter-Tribal Youth Baseball and Softball tournaments for Native American kids ages 9-18. The Rosebud Boys & Girls Club out of the Sioux Community in South Dakota raised funds to send 15 kids, but had limited equipment and no uniforms. PIFB provided the team with gloves, uniform pants, cleats, and other needed equipment. Many of the boys had never been on a plane or even left their communities.

Daija – Philadelphia

Daija, grade 7, had a chronic attendance problem. She often missed days of school at a time. It was not clear she would be able to move on to the 8th grade. When the season started, Daija was informed she would not be allowed to play on the team if she did not improve her attendance. Daija’s attendance improved dramatically. She went from missing school two to three times a week, to missing only one half day of school the entire two month season. She understood the importance of being there for her team and had found her own motivation to engage in the school community.

Wilfredo and Eddy – Honduras

Nine-year-old twins, Wilfredo and Eddy have had their fair share of heartache. Shortly after moving to Ecuador with their dad, he was diagnosed with cancer and returned to the U.S. for treatment. The boys went back to Honduras. A year later, the boys returned to Ecuador with their dad. Tragically, his health declined and he passed away two months later. The boys were devastated. They lost interest in soccer (a game they played with their dad) and stuck to each other. Desperate, their mom signed them up for baseball. Baseball has revived them.

Dec 16, 2016

Baton Rouge

Pitch In For Baseball was founded in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast, leaving in her wake a trail of devastation and loss.  It was at that time that we were sitting in the Little League offices as they were trying to figure out how to respond to and support Gulf Coast leaguest that had lost all of their equipment.  Disaster Relief programs have remained central to our organization.  Over the past 10+ years, we have helped hundreds of kids in nearly two dozen communities start their seasons on time.

Mid-way through 2016, PIFB received requests from three communities - Houston, Baton Rouge, and West Virginia - that had been devastated by flooding.  We were able to secure funding to cover the cost to replace all equipment for Houston and West Virginia but only partial for Baton Rouge.  Funds raised through GlobalGiving will help to support our proect in Baton Rouge specifically.

Our Baton Rouge Disaster Relief Project will support 4 teams in 3 schools (St. Amant HS Baseball/Softball, Denham Springs Softball, Runnels HS Baseball), replacing all the gear lost to the floods.  The estimated cost for the program is $18,000 and we have raised roughly $8,000.

 
   

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