Baseball/softball is a powerful vehicle for youth development, teaching important life lessons like teamwork, respect, keeping a commitment, and how to win and lose. It helps build self-confidence, offers a constructive alternative for the key after-school hours, and gives kids positive role models in their coaches. However, due to budget limitations/deficits many schools and communities have had to eliminate non-academic after-school and recreation programs. Seasonal sports like baseball/softball are often the first to go.
Launched in 2008, Pitch In For Baseball’s School-Based Program is designed to help schools and districts stretch limited budgets so that they can start, continue, and/or start baseball and/or softball programs. Our goal is to reduce the financial burden for both schools/districts AND for kids and families by providing all of the gear needed to play.
Our School-Based Programs also give us a better sense of our impact. PIFB currently has formal programs in Philadelphia, PA and Minneapolis/St. Paul school districts in Minneapolis. Below are the results from our 2015 programs in each city:
$100,000 worth of equipment to 50 programs at 36 schools, helping 1,500 kids play ball
- 94% of students live in poverty
- 51% of students had not played before
- 71% of students improved attendance
- 65% of student improved GPA
$20,000 worth of equipment to 21 programs at 6 schools, helping 500 kids play ball
- 76% of students live in poverty
- 53% of students had not played before
- 59% of students improved attendance
- 42% of student improved GPA
During 2016, we will be expanding to two more locations in Detroit, MI and the Bronx, NYC.