World Baseball Academy in Fort Wayne, IN, serves 5,000 boys and girls each year, and uses baseball to provide leadership development opportunities and mentoring for youth, including free training and other activities for at-risk boys and girls through the WBA On Deck programs. The program has received equipment grants from PIFBS six times from 2010 through 2020 to help support these initiatives.
In 2020, World Baseball Academy was also able to expand its relationship within the Adaptive Community and establish a new partnership with Special Olympics of Allen County. Their greatest need to launch this new program was a location and equipment. World Baseball Academy provided the location, and the PIFBS grant meant they would have the necessary equipment available for those athletes. World Baseball Academy also hosted an “All Abilities Camp” in partnership with Turnstone and YMCA.
· Years Involved:2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2020