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by Tom Schoenfelder
When an application comes in, it is always interesting to see where they are applying from. We will get requests from areas as close as Philadelphia and as far away as the other side of the world in the Philippines. Even though every program is different culturally and have different equipment needs, there is one commonality between them. The dedicated individual applying for the equipment.
Be it a coach, league president, or volunteer, those who apply for the equipment care about their players. They work tirelessly to make the season happen. When the hurdle of needing equipment comes up, Pitch In For Baseball is happy to step up with the donation of equipment.
In the case of the North Trenton Babe Ruth league, in Trenton, NJ, that hard-working individual is Robert White. A year ago I had a phone conversation with Robert White after he applied for equipment. What I heard on the other side of the phone was a man who had a passion for the kids in his league playing baseball. We were able to help with a variety of equipment his league needed. Over the past year it was encouraging to hear from him the impact the equipment made on his league.
In the 2012 their mission of the North Trenton league has not changed. They continue to provide a safe place for children to learn and play baseball. When they applied for equipment this year, I knew that this years donation will again help kids enjoy the game I loved to play growing up.
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.
Pitch In For Baseball (www.pitchinforbaseball.org) is sending much needed equipment and uniforms to help children in flood ravaged Nashville, Tennessee get back on the baseball field.
Equipment and uniforms will be leaving our warehouse on Monday to make sure these kids get back on the field quickly and safely.
After we’ve spoken to the director of the RBI program in Nashville, we know exactly what they need. Their entire storage facility was flooded, so it seems that the items we are sending them will make an important impact on their community in general, but more importantly for the kids there who love to play baseball.