by David Rhode
You know that expression “when America sneezes, the world catches a cold”. It often refers to the effect on the economy globally that can be felt when something of significance happens in the US.
The same can be said of organized youth baseball. When Little League International sneezes, things happen in the world of youth baseball. Today Little League sneezed, and Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) is going to feel it…in a good way.
As they’ve done in the past, Little League has asked their member leagues to make equipment donations benefitting Pitch In For Baseball. This is a very generous thing for Little League to do given the size and scope of their network of leagues and volunteers. For some reason, the letter they sent out today really hit home. Our phone lines and email inboxes can attest to the positive impact that this request for assistance is having. In the days and weeks to come we’ll receive catcher’s gear, uniforms, equipment bags, bats, balls, gloves, pitching machines, you name it. And just in the nick of time.
In the past 48 hours, PIFB has received 11 new requests for assistance (that’s a new 2 day record). That’s good news because we know the impact on the kids and communities will be huge. That’s bad news because we only have so much equipment to go around.
That’s where the Little League request for help comes in. Today Little League programs from as far away as Washington, California, Texas, Virginia, and Massachusettes have contacted us to let us know that “help is on the way”.
People have often asked me what is the key to Pitch In For Baseball’s success. I can give you the long version or the short version answer. The short version is the quality of our partners and Little League tops that list. Little League believes deeply in our mission and has been with us from Day 1 to help us achieve our goals.