Every once in a while I come across a cause that is something that is consistent with my interests that I would like to support. Pitch In For Baseball is one of those causes. And if you’re reading this blog, it’s probably consistent with your interests as well. PIFB is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides gently used baseball equipment to kids around the world that can’t afford baseball equipment.
Here is a description of their organization and their mission from Executive Director David Rhode:
Pitch In For Baseball is the central organization for the collection and redistribution of new and gently used equipment to children in underserved communities both here and around the world. Since 2005, Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) has distributed more than 100,000 items to over 250 communities domestically and over 65 countries around the world. The impact of these donations far exceeds simply placing a glove or ball in a child’s hand. So many of these kids have nothing and giving the access to the game and a positive activity for their time will pay huge dividends. We get that feedback on a regular basis and remain committed to continuing to make a difference with children through the games of baseball and softball.
Our new Board President, former Twins All Star Roy Smalley III, is actively recruiting current and former players to join our cause. To date, some of Roy’s peers who have lent their support include Paul Molitor, Fred Lynn, Bert Blyleven and Sal Bando. We are a current equipment donation partner of both MLB’s RBI program, Little League International.
There are two ways you can help Pitch In For Baseball: donate equipment and donate money. Even if it’s just a few bucks, everything helps. For the joy that we’ve all received from baseball, give it back to a young person to help them experience that.