May 2012

Dear Hunter

Dear Hunter,

Do you remember the time you received your first baseball glove? Remember how it felt playing catch with it? Pitch In For Baseball makes this experience happen for children throughout the United States and over 75 countries worldwide.  Children in underserved communities as close as Philadelphia and in far off countries like Uganda, do not have the proper equipment to play baseball.  Pitch In For Baseball is able to help by collecting and redistributing gently used equipment such as baseballs, helmets, and catchers gear.

With more awareness more families and local leagues will find out about Pitch In For Baseball and want to get involved.  The more people that know about Pitch In For Baseball the more children around the world we can help.  By picking Pitch In For Baseball you will allow more children around the world to play the game of baseball.

Baseball has a greater impact than just on the field.  Giving children the opportunity to play baseball will help teach them leadership and good sportsmanship.  Just like your fond memories of playing catch and your first glove, those children helped by Pitch In For Baseball will never forget either.

Thank you for considering our organization.

Sincerely,

–Pitch In For Baseball

One of a kind

by David Rhode

There are few times when we can say that someone is truly unique…a true one of kind person.  Pitch In For Baseball has the pleasure of associating with one such person.  You may have already heard of him.  His name is Zack Hample

A kid at heart hardly describes Zack’s enthusiasm for baseball.  Zack has been attending games his whole life, but that’s far from a unique story.  Zack snags baseballs at games and does so at a rate that is hard to believe.  Last season he snagged over a 1,000 batting practice, foul balls, home run balls and various other balls at Major League stadiums.  He has snagged just over 5,900 balls at 49 different parks in his lifetime including a streak of over 800 consecutive games with at least 1 ball. 

For the last 3 years, Zack has generously donated to Pitch In For Baseball by having folks pledge a certain amount for each ball he can grab during a season.  He’ll surpass $20,000 in donations by the end of this season.  You can join the team of folks helping in this fashion by registering here.

Moreover, Zack is an accomplished author of 3 baseball books.  They make a great read for any fan of the game.

As he appeared in Sports Illustrated

In this “me too” world, Zack has a number of followers and I daresy wanna bees.  But for those who’ve met him there is only 1 Zack Hample and I’m glad he’s our friend.

Sharing the joy through our photo contest

by Jessica Bicker

The joy in a kid’s eyes as he pulls on his very first glove from a box sent from Pitch In For Baseball is inspiring. We often describe such moments to donors and fans of our organization, but words do not always fully capture the incredible results of our donations. That’s why we love when we have photographs to share.

We want to be able to share more moments like these, and that’s why Pitch In For Baseball is launching a photo contest.

We are asking anyone who has ever received Pitch In For Baseball equipment to enter the contest, and of course, there is a great grand prize: brand new baseballs (or softballs) for your team for an entire season.

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

-Submit your best photos of players on your team using equipment donated from Pitch In For Baseball (we included a couple of great examples in this post).

-Your photo should capture the joy that our organization brings to kids across the world (no team photos – we’re looking for inspiring images).

-Attach your photo(s) as an attachment in an email to jess@pitchinforbaseball.org and include the name of your team, coach’s name, and coach’s email address.

Submission deadline: Wednesday, May 23. Voting will occur June 1 – 8.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and check for contest updates.

Note: Your participation in the contest acknowledges the support of Pitch In For Baseball within all public documents, websites, press materials and public statements related to the program or league.

 

Thanks

by Tom Schoenfelder

When asked today how the internship went by a board member, Dustin replies…it was fun.

Who says that about an internship?  Especially one that’s unpaid.

(Jim Dailey II)

For the past three months Jim Dailey and Dustin Pickert, two juniors at Temple University, came in for two days a week to work as interns at Pitch In For Baseball.  Last year between the same three month period we were able to help 34 programs…this year we’ve helped over 70.  There is no doubt in my mind that their work truly made a difference.

Dustin Pickert

When they first started I expected the stereotypical college student.  Tired, hungover, and lazy.  Instead on their first day they arrived before doors opened at 9:00 am ready for whatever we had instore for them.

The weeks following were the same.  I began looking forward to the days they would work.  Today being their last day I’ll end with the sappy line Jim told me he wrote in his final paper.

“I started as an intern and left a friend” – Jim Dailey II