Wilkes-Barre City Little League Baseball received an equipment grant in 2021 as part of the Little League and DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter Equipment Grant Program. For this initiative PIFBS sent out 3,560 kits to 366 Little Leagues across the country. The leagues would then give those kits to kids most in need of gear to help provide support to families.
The league was also a recipient of an equipment grant from PIFBS in 2020. The league includes 17 baseball teams and approximately 176 kids, and aimed to decrease the cost of registration and make baseball more affordable. The league shared that Wilkes-Barre City is a low income area and many families need assistance in order for their children to play sports.
In 2020, the league did not allow kids to share equipment due to COVID-19, but the donation helped them provide each player who needed it with their own bat and catchers equipment.
“Beryx was given a set of catchers gear. It was his first time playing the position and due to the donation of Pitch in for Baseball (& Softball) the league was able to give him his own gear. This allowed him to practice on his own and really improve and develop as a catcher. With the new bat he received Micah’s confidence improved at the plate. In his first year at the a major level the bat helped him develop into a strong contact hitter that made him really enjoy the game.” – Lars Anderson, President
· Years Involved:2020, 2021