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 create healthy communities, break down barriers, and instill valuable life lessons. But safe equipment is not available to everyone due to cost and accessibility, and, in some countries, equipment is not even available to buy. PIFB has donated more than $5 million in equipment helping 500,000+ kids play ball.
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. Gloves are the quintessential piece of equipment, without it, kids can't have a catch in the park or have a pick up game. It is the single most requested item. In 2016 to date, PIFB has donated nearly 10,000 gloves but the demand is so much greater. Funds raised will help purchase more gloves for kids.
At its simplest, baseball is a game that is played by boys and girls in backyards, country fields, sandlots, and streets. Baseball is also an important vehicle for youth development - instilling values such as teamwork, respect, how to win and lose, and helps to build self-confidence. Yet unfortunately, baseball is not accessible to everyone. Pitch In For Baseball directly reduces one barrier to play by providing the necessary equipment to leagues, schools, and organizations around the world.
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