Babe Ruth League, Inc. is proud to support Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB). Since 2005, their game plan has been to spread America's pastime to kids all over the world by collecting and delivering new and gently-used youth baseball and softball equipment to underserved communities around the globe.
Their "winning run" goals include:
- Supporting the growth of baseball and softball in the United States and internationally.
- Giving kids equipment so they can get out, have fun and stay healthy.
- Teaching kids important lessons through baseball and softball, like teamwork and sportsmanship.
- Making friends across the world through America's pastime.
This year, PIFB is turning 10! Over the years, they have completed 200 projects, helping more than 30,000 boys and girls play baseball and softball in 27 states and 60 different countries. Not only do they spread America's pastime all over the world, they also assist communities and leagues that suffer devastating loss inflicted by "mother nature". PIFB was one of the heroes that went to bat for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and many other storms that resulted in devastating destruction.
As a partner of Pitch In For Baseball, Babe Ruth League is asking you to help collect gloves and other equipment to support kids and communities in need. Most of the equipment collected and delivered by PIFB comes from local leagues and their family members who believe in PIFB's charitable mission. Donors want to make a difference in the lives of children who have the passion, but not the equipment, to play the great games of baseball and softball.
STEP UP TO THE PLATE
The gloves, bats and other baseball and softball equipment that's sitting in your closet or garage right now can open a whole world of opportunities for an underprivileged kid. Pitch in your gently-used equipment or donate money to give the gift of baseball and softball to a deserving child. PIFB is accepting donations of new or gently-used:
- Field Gloves
- Youth Bats
- Catcher's mitts and protective gear
- Batting/Softball helmets
- Baseballs and softballs
- Soft cover balls for Tee Ball
- Rubber baseball/softball cleats
- Youth uniform pants (sets of 12 or more, if not white or gray)
- Umpire protective gear
- Team equipment bags
- Sets of bases
- Batting tees
- Pitching machines
If you happen to have any gently-used baseball or softball equipment that you are no longer using, Pitch In For Baseball would gladly accept it. We ask that leagues pick up the expense of getting the items to PIFB. Pitch In For Baseball then picks up the cost of sorting, storing and shipping items to their ultimate destination. The warehouse location for collections is: Pitch In For Baseball, 1541 Gehman Road, Harleysville, PA 19438.
Here are a few other ways your league can partner with Pitch In For Baseball:
EQUIPMENT DRIVES - Leagues can organize an equipment drive to collect equipment for PIFB. Many leagues find that it is effective and simple to collect equipment during the local league season. PIFB can help you create an email appeal that can be sent to all members of your league.
PITCH IN FOR BASEBALL DAY - This can be a simple picnic-type event where in lieu of an admission price, individuals can donate a piece of equipment or make a monetary contribution to Pitch In For Baseball.
EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORM TURNOVER - At the end of the season, your league might take stock of what you have and look to give away equipment that is still serviceable.
LOST AND FOUND - Almost every league has a "Lost and Found" and usually cleans it out once a year. PIFB could be a recipient of that equipment and put it to good use.
And you won't just be donating a glove, a baseball or softball, or a dollar, you will be donating memories to a child.
Should you want more information on organizing a Pitch In For Baseball equipment collection or have further questions, please contact PIFB Executive Director David Rhode at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 267-263-4069. Please also feel free to visit their website at www.pitchinforbaseball.org.
Thank you for your consideration in giving Pitch In For Baseball the resources to bring the joy of baseball and softball to so many children around the globe.