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.