by David Rhode
Somehow Pitch In For Baseball has become a great landing spot for young boys and girls who are required to conduct a Mitzvah Project in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Truth be told, I’m not sure what Pitch In For Baseball would do without them.
Kids are truly the backbone of our organization. They collect equipment, raise funds, volunteer time in our warehouse.
For those of you not familiar with the term Mitzvah, it’s a Jewish word and loosely translated means “an act of human kindness or good deed”.
In the last 7 years, well over 100 kids have chosen Pitch In For Baseball for their Mitzvah project. It’s really a great experience for the kids to translate a passion they have for baseball to a meaningful act of philanthropy in helping kids who are less fortunate to be able to receive the equipment needed to play.
This past year we’ve had dozens of great projects and to choose the “best” one is like a parent have to say which child they love the most (Casey). That said, Jacob Gurvis of Newton, Massachusetts collected a 2011 best 105 gloves in addition to numerous other items that benefited kids in need. He called his effort a “Mittsvah”, which was not only creative, but apparently effective as well. Jacob put together a short video describing his involvement with our organization. Listen in to hear in his words why connecting with PIFB was meaningful to him.