Learn about others who are helping Pitch In For Baseball fulfill its mission to help children in need around the world via the game of baseball. To get involved, please Step Up To The Plate:
Michael Cuddyer of Minnesota Twins picks us!
Roberto Clemente Award nominee tabs Pitch In For Baseball
Pitch In For Baseball would like to thank Minnesota Twins All-Star, Michael Cuddyer, for his support. As the Twins Roberto Clemente Award nominee, Cuddyer designated Pitch In For Baseball as his charity of choice for a $7,500 donation. The funds will be used to help underserved children in Hennepin County, and throughout Twins country, gain access to the games of baseball and softball. Congratulations, Michael, on your nomination, and a very big THANK YOU!! The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes individuals who truly understand the value of helping others and is presented to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team.
Michael Church went to bat for PIFB!
Michael Church went to bat for PIFB through State Farms "Go To Bat" program.
Through the State Farm "Go To Bat" program, Michael Church of Auburn, NY helped raise $17,700 for Pitch In For Baseball. More than 100,000 people went to bat for their favorite causes through the online, charitable initiative driven by State Farm’s commitment to being there for the community, and we are very happy Michael went to bat for us!
Street Kids Care...yup, they do!
Street Kids Softball charitable group in Mishawaka, Indiana picks PIFB
In cooperation with CCAC Pro Shop in Warsaw, IN, Street Kids Softball is making a donation to Pitch In For Baseball. Street Kids Care is the outreach arm of Street Kids Softball, and their aim is to make a difference in Indiana and beyond! Thanks, guys...
Dash and Ollie’s Birthday Beneficiary
Twin boys choose Pitch In For Baseball over birthday gifts
It's become a tradition in our family that when any of our boys throws a birthday party, they get to choose a charity to which we encourage people to donate in lieu of birthday gifts. Sometimes they'll pick an organization like the LA Children's Hospital, or something huge like the World Wildlife Fund. It's fun compiling a list of organizations that might speak to their passions, and then discussing them with our kids. This year, our about to be 5-year-old twins, Dash and Ollie, were in search of a group that gives baseball to kids. Pitch In For Baseball is a perfect fit. The boys looked at all the pictures on your site and watched the YouTube video and were enthralled.
Dash and Ollie just love to play baseball in our very small back yard (a game that currently involves tennis balls and light weight bats), and they're beyond excited about already being signed up for their first T-Ball season this spring. The season won't begin until February, but they've had their baseball gloves under their pillows for weeks. After looking at your site, Dash & Ollie were just amazed. "Wow, we can even give stuff to big kids!" Of all of the gifts they're getting for their 5th birthday, we believe this will be the most memorable.
With thanks and all best wishes, Jim and Jennifer Merlis
If you'd like to be a part of Dash and Ollie's birthday bash donation, click HERE!
Zack Hample Has an MVP Season
The Sultan of Snag comes through for Pitch In For Baseball...
In 2009, Zack Hample turned his passion for snagging baseballs into a chance to raise money and awareness for Pitch In For Baseball. When all was said and done, Zack grabbed an astounding 532 baseballs at 59 games and another 6 more at one World Series game. One of his highlights included a single-game record of 32 baseballs in Kansas City. With pledges totaling more than $25/ball, Zack raised over $13,500 for PIFB this year.
||Working with Pitch In For Baseball has truly been a privilege, and it's also been fun. The organization enabled me to give back to kids -- and to the baseball world -- while doing something I love.
We're a Charlie's Angel!!
The Charlie Manuel Show selects Pitch In For Baseball...
Mitzvah Project Masterpieces
Jake Cohen is a real champ
Cohen, of Bedford Hills, NY says, "For my bar mitzvah project, I joined Pitch In For Baseball to give everyone the chance to play baseball. I know how it feels to play baseball and it's a great feeling. I asked all my friends and relatives to bring a glove, a bat, or any equipment they could to my bar mitzvah and I also went places to pick it up. The heads of the Bedford Hills/Katonah baseball and softball leagues went through their storage rooms and gave us a ton of stuff." In addition to all the equipment you see, below, Jake also raised in excess of $600...thanks, champ!
Matt Kaiser went the extra mile
(Excerpt and photo, below, courtesy of Bucks County Courier Times)
This season, (Matt Kaiser) has decided to spread (his love for baseball) around by collecting new or gently used youth baseball equipment. (The equipment collected from this bar mitzvah project) will be given to an organization called Pitch In For Baseball, which donates the equipment to players from low-income families around the world. So in addition to scooping grounders, shagging flies and belting line drives, Kaiser will be helping others do the same. "In the spring, when I get my equipment ready for the upcoming season, I usually have to replace something I've outgrown," Matt said. "I feel very fortunate that almost anything I've needed, I've been able to get. I can't imagine what it would be like to not be able to play because I couldn't afford a glove, or a bat, or anything." Matt, everyone at Pitch In For Baseball says THANK YOU for helping us to help others!
Zack Hample puts the FUN in FUNdraising!!
Just how cool can raising $50,000, or more, be? Read on, and find out...
The Sultan of Snag, the Captain of Capture, the Prince of Procurement...call him what you will, but Zack Hample knows all the tricks about getting baseballs. So much so, in fact, that he has corralled over 3,800 balls at Major League games since 1990. In 2009, Zack will be putting his substantial skills to use for the benefit of Pitch In For Baseball! Join in the fun...for as little as $0.01/ball, you can help Pitch In For Baseball and TRACK ZACK for each ball he snags in 2009. To learn more, CLICK HERE!!
©Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated KIDS
In Memory of Larry Ennis
He was always doing what he loved....working with young people.
Larry Ennis, a legendary high school baseball/football coach at Emerson in Bergen County, NJ, passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 78. After graduating high school Larry played semipro baseball with legendary football coach, Bill Parcells. Larry was the pitcher and Parcells the catcher. In fact, Larry's first baseball glove was given to him. Larry worked in the New York Giants pro scouting department. His legacy will continue as he will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations in his name may be made to Pitch In For Baseball. The response has been remarkable as Larry touched so many lives in a positive way.
Field a Team Goal Fulfilled
Travis Kozak's project raises money
"I wanted other boys and girls to be able to experience the important lessons like teamwork and sportsmanship that I have been fortunate to learn through playing baseball since I was five years old. My family helped me find an organization that provides equipment and uniforms to kids in impoverished communities in America and other countries. Through the guidance of Pitch In For Baseball, I was able to fulfill my goal and raise over $1,000.00 to 'field a team.'" Travis Kozak, age 14-Farmington, CT
Postal Service Goes to Bat for Children
100th Anniversary of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
As organized youth baseball and softball wind down for the summer, the United States Postal Service is suggesting that parents and youngsters who play ball not retire their used gear but ship it instead to "Pitch In For Baseball" a non-profit organization that collects gently used equipment and distributes it to children in need.
"Yesterday, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of baseball's unofficial anthem by issuing the "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" stamp," said Postmaster General John Potter. "Today, we're helping Pitch In For Baseball deliver their message, let your equipment play extra innings, and are encouraging Americans to donate bats, balls, gloves and other equipment so that more children can enjoy the sport."
A Glove of Their Own
A book with a mission
Pitch In For Baseball is honored to join the team that has created the book and movement called A Glove of Their Own. This story is for and about children who have very little and play baseball for the love of the game. The mission mirrors what our organization is trying to do; ensure all kids have a glove of their own. The movement, created by coach and father, Bob Salomon, has transformed a story written by Debbie Moldovan, Keri Conkling, and Lisa Funari-Willever into a call-to-action. New Jersey publisher Franklin Mason Press will be donating large portions from A Glove of Their Own's profits to organizations that provide equipment to children. This project is the culmination of enormous generosity and good will and we are pleased to join the team. We encourage everyone to go to http://www.agloveoftheirown.com to purchase a copy of the book today! When you order your copy you will have the opportunity to select a charitable organization to benefit from the sale of the book. Scroll down and select PIF 129 and Pitch In For Baseball will receive $3.00 from the sale of the book.
We thank the following for their substantial equipment donations:
• Ace Hardware
• Arcadia Little League-Phoenix, AZ
• Aston-Middletown Little League-Media, PA
• Nathanial Altman-Andover, MA
• Ames Little League-Ames, IA
• Beulah Baptist Church-Sterrett, AL
• Brooklyn Bulldogs-Brooklyn, NY
• Matthew Bruskin-Branchburg, NJ
• Jill Camp-Gettysburg, PA
• Brian Chamberlain-Philadelphia, PA
• Jenn & Katie Ciecwisz-Lebanon Township NJ
• Congers VMA Little League-Congers, New York
• Cincinnati Reds
• Tom Clark-Pine Brook, NJ
• Jake Cohen-Bedford Hills, NY
• Churchill American Little League-Melrose, MA
• Clymer Little League-Clymer, PA
• Darien Youth Baseball & Softball League-Darien, CT
• Delano Little League-Delano, CA
• District 52 Little League-San Fransisco, CA
• David Eagan-Winnetka, IL
• East Hampton Little League-East Hampton, CT
• Easton Sports-Van Nuys, California
• Franklin Reg. Panthers 2005/07 Cooperstown Teams-Murrysville, PA
• John Gannon, NJ
• Ben Gebber-Needham, MA
• Andrew Goldstein-Milford, CT
• Peter Goritz-Livermore, CA
• Cameron Haber-Westport, CT
• Half Hollow Hill Little League-Dix Hills, NY
• Hanover Township Little League-Hanover Township, NJ
• Hatboro Little League-Hatboro, PA
• Joe Joyce-Rye Brook, NY
• Andrew Leopold-Philadelphia, PA
• Lewisboro Baseball Association-West Chester, NY
• Michael Lieberberg-Short Hills, NJ
• Lower Gwynedd Little League-Lower Gwynedd, PA
• Keizer Youth Sports Association-Keizer, OR
• Marine City Little League-Marine City, MI
• Philip Marks-Philadelphia, PA
• McDowell Mountain Little League-Scottsdale, AZ
• Monticello Little League-Monticello, IN
• New Albany Little League-New Albany, OH
• Newark American Little League-Newark, DE
• New Era Caps-Buffalo, New York
• Oreland/Wyndmoor Little League-Oreland, PA
• Pearl River Little League-Pearl River, NY
• Tony Perrotti-Levittown, NY
• Philadelphia Phillies
• Ben Pitler-Marborough, CT
• Pitman Little League-Pitman, NJ
• Portsmouth Little League-Portsmouth NH
• Rockland Little League-Rockland CA
• Daniel Savage-Ashburn, VA
• Richard Seely-Spanish Fork, UT
• Seneca River North Little League-Clay, NY
• Saul Shaaltiel-Cherry Hill, NJ
• Sherman Oaks Little League-Sherman Oaks, CA
• South Elgin Little League-South Elgin IL
• Tanner Sperry-Highlands Ranch, CO
• State Park Little League-Chesterton, IN
• St. James School-Basking Ridge NJ
• Ryan Truscio-Monmouth, NJ
• Tecumseh Area Little League-Tecumseh, MI
• Towamencin Youth Association Baseball-Kulpsville, PA
• Jordan Trump-North Wales, PA
• UIC California District 62 Umpires
• Upper Loudoun Little League-Lovettsville, VA
• USA Baseball-Durham, NC
• Verona Little League-Verona, NJ
• Waupun Little League-Waupun, WI
• Ken and Paula Weaver-Orange, CT
• Westborough Little League, Westborough, MA
• West Norriton Little League-Jeffersonville, PA
• West Raleigh Baseball Association-Raleigh, NC
• Weston Area Little League-District 21-Weston, FL
• West Side Little League-West Chester, PA
• Winchester Little League-Winchester, TN
Special thanks to the hundreds of individual donors who generously sent us a glove, ball or other items we can share with a child who wants to play.
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