Thank you for helping to rebuild 23 leagues in New York and New Jersey that lost everything in Hurricane Sandy earlier this year. With your support, we were able to deliver $210,000 worth of equipment to ensure that nearly 10,000 kids had a glove on their hand, a bat on their shoulder, and a uniform on their back when their 2013 season began.
As we wrap up this project, we were reminded that baseball is magical, and sometimes, it's more than just playing. Baseball can restore a sense of normalcy and help children heal in times of tragedy. It is about connecting to one another, the element of pure play, and being able to be a kid amidst all the chaos.
Pitch In For Baseball's role in the healing process for communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy was featured in NBC Nightly News' "making a difference" segment. To watch click on the link below.
Our work to help Island Park Little League is only a part of the story. In total, we assisted 22 youth baseball and softball programs in New York and New Jersey who lost everything in the storm. The final tally...we delivered over $210,000 worth of equipment to ensure that nearly 10,000 kids had a glove on their hand, bat on their shoulder and uniform on their back for the 2013 season.
Here is what one of the coaches from one of the leagues we helped said about their situation and the donation.
"We were very worried here in Keansburg about not being able to field teams. After the storm hundreds of families were displaced, and we thought baseball/softball would be the last thing on their minds. Thankfully, we were wrong. Our team rosters were better than last season before the storm, we were even able to host on a pre-season batting clinic. The only hurdle we had left was to replace our lost equipment. Pitch in for Baseball took care of that for us, they made our season possible, and helped us restore pride in our community. Thank you from all of us here in Keansburg."
Pitch In For Baseball's work in the New Jersey and New York area goes on. With each donation we make we see the faces of the kids, parents, coaches and league administrators. The relief and joy on their faces when the equipment arrives is truly priceless.
Media in the New York Metro area has taken a great interest in the work we are doing. This is a link to a story below that ran in the New York Times detailing the impact of our Staten Island donation. News coverage has found also its way to NY1, Channel 12 NJ and Channel 12NY as well as CBS New York (see video link below).
For the kids and communities it comes down to a simple fact. Playing baseball matters to kids. In the case of recovering from a natural disaster, kids are asked to make a lot of sacrifices. Families use limited financial resources to repair their homes, replace damaged vehicles and other unanticipated needs. Asking a kid to give up their baseball season is something we don't allow to happen. If it is within our power to get them the equipment and uniform related help they need, we will do it.
In total we are now up to 23 leagues impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Between 9,000-10,000 kids who otherwise wouldn't be playing ball will do so. We are proud of the work we do, but recognize that it couldn't happen without the financial assistance and equipment donations are network of supporters provide.
This work is our greatest accomplishment to date. As part of our team, we wanted you to know that we are continuing to make a difference.
Our work to assist leagues impacted by Hurricane Sandy has grown....considerably. We are now up to 10 leagues we are assisting in the New York and New Jersey area. In total, there are 4,500 who will directly benefit from the gear we are donating. The leagues we are helping include:
Bayonne Little League
North Merrick Little League
Rockaway Little League
East Rockaway Little League
Island Park Little League
Bayshore Little League
Bayshore Athletic Association
Oceanside National Little League
Oceanside American Little League
Oceanside Fast Pitch Little League
Our first delivery is set for February 11 to Island Park Little League. We will keep working until all the gear is delivered.
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