Chicago School-Based Program
Thanks to the generous support of State Farm®, Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) donated $30,000 in new baseball and softball equipment to the five Chicago high schools. For these 14 teams, State Farm’s donation is the first time in more than 5 years that teams received new equipment and all players have the proper gear to play.
Milwaukee School-Based Program
Thanks to the generous support of State Farm®, Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) donated $25,000 in new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to the Milwaukee Public Schools Athletics Department. This donation helped 36 baseball and softball teams, helping more than 500 Milwaukee students play ball this season.
Memphis School-Based Program
In February 2017, in partnership with Major League Baseball and the Memphis Redbirds (the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals), PIFB outfitted 24 middle school baseball and softball teams in Shelby County School District with more than $25,000 in equipment. More than 80% of students in Shelby County School District live below the federal poverty line.
Chiqui Mejias Academy in Bonao, Dominican Republic
Family, baseball, and the Dominican Republic are near and dear to New York Yankee Dellin Betances. He also shares PIFB’s passion for helping kids get on the field. In a unique partnership between Dellin, PIFB, Wilson Sporting Goods, Nike, and Papa John’s, nearly 100 children in the small town of Bonao received the equipment needed to play ball.
Northern Kentucky School-Based Program
With support from the Cincinnati Reds and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, PIFB equipped 18 baseball and softball teams at 5 schools with the gear needed to expand their programming. Equipment has enabled schools to field additional teams and engage more students. Check out some event footage here
Houston, TX Disaster Relief
In April 2016, major flooding in Houston wiped out all the equipment for West Oaks Little League, Bear Creek Little League, and Parkwood Little League. Partners such as the MLB Player’s Trust, Jose Cruz Jr, Max Stassi, and private donors PIFB was able to replenish all the gear that was destroyed.
Camp Arifjan Kuwait
When Tampa Bay Ray’s pitcher Alex Cobb wanted to send equipment to troops overseas in honor of his brother who is in the Army, he contacted us. As part of their Give a Glove, Get a Glove program, Wilson Sporting Goods earmarked dollars from Alex’s July Americana themed Glove of the Month, PIFB was able to send 10 teams worth of gear to soldiers at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Camp Arifjan has inter-base softball and baseball leagues that will start up in early 2017. Baseball and softball give soldiers something fun to do to pass “down time” on the base.
Garfield Park Little League
Thanks to funding from NorthMarq Capital, PIFB was able to support the needs of Garfield Park Little League’s 18 teams. Located in one of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago, Garfield Park Little League is successful due to the tight-knit, community, ensuring that 300 kids get on the field each year. Garfield Park is a Little League Urban Initiative.
Academy of Urban School Leadership
Longtime partner Wilson Sporting Goods and PIFB donated nearly $50,000 worth of equipment to 25 middle school teams in Chicago received the gear, uniforms, and cleats needed to play ball this season. The Academy for Urban School Leadership is a network of schools in Chicago operating mostly on the south and west sides. PIFB’s support made it possible to expand programming and not turn any students away due to lack of equipment.
Thanks to the support of Twins’ catcher Kurt and his wife Renee, three rural communities in Hawaii – Lanai, Molakai, and Maui – received the gear needed to start baseball programs. In each community, equipment went to start baseball programs in a middle school, high school, and two tee ball programs.
Pakistan Federation of Baseball
Since being introduced in Pakistan more than a decade ago, baseball has served as a vehicle for cultural exchange, tolerance, and youth development. The sport has grown in popularity with both boys and girls, at youth, college, and professional levels. However, growth of youth baseball has been slowed despite interest by financial limitations and popularity of cricket. This year, PIFB was able to outfit 8 teams with the proper gear to play.
Uganda Little League
In Uganda Little League includes 30 schools (leagues) which link academics and sports. In 2012, the Uganda LL team made history by becoming the first team from Africa to qualify for the Little League World Series. PIFB has played a major role in that success over the past few years by providing the equipment to help the program expand from the initial 4 leagues to nearly 30 in 2014.