At Chickasaw High School (AL), coach AJ Nipper is working to change the culture and help provide students with motivation, life skills, and discipline through baseball. In 2021, PIFBS began a five-year commitment to provide equipment and other support to the program.
“There’s almost this kind of defeated mentality beforehand, before they ever walk in, and so that’s really what we’re trying to change. And I think if we want to get even more foundational level than that, a lot of our students are really coming from just broken homes. We’ve got a lot of divorce, alcoholism, abuse, homelessness, a lot of those things that are contributing to instability in our students’ lives. And so any semblance of stability that we can provide, and just encouragement to these students that we’re able to give them, is a win.”
-AJ Nipper, Head Coach, Chickasaw HS
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ENED Foundation, Dominican Republic
Leonardo was an orphan after losing both of his parents unexpectedly. Leonardo, his brother, and two older sisters struggled to survive and stay together. His siblings were focused on finding food and shelter, leaving Leonardo to wander the streets of Boca Chica alone. When the ENED Foundation found him, he had severe anemia from extreme malnutrition. While recovering with food and medication, Leonardo would watch wistfully at the children playing ball in the playground. The donation from PIFBS gave Leonardo and dozens of kids like him the proper gear to play baseball for the first time. Leonardo blossomed as a result, emerging as a leader on the team and learning as much as he could about the art of pitching. Baseball has given Leonardo hope.
Eddie & Wilfredo
Delfines Baseball Club, La Ceiba, Honduras
Honduran twins Wilfredo and Eddie dealt with a lot of uncertainty as young children, but baseball had a major impact in helping them withstand the adversity they faced. The family had recently moved to Ecuador and were trying to adapt to a new culture when the boys’ father was diagnosed with cancer. A little over a year later, their father passed away. The boys moved back to Honduras and were devastated, no longer wishing to go to school or to play soccer, which they used to practice with their dad. After hearing about a youth baseball league, their mother decided to take them to practices to watch. By the third day, Eddie went on the field and grabbed a baseball bat. The coach encouraged him, and the boys started to enjoy the game, have fun, and smile again. The twins still play baseball now as teenagers. The sport changed their lives, and became an essential part of their healing.
Elmwood Little League, Providence, RI
Jaylanie was an athletic player and wanted to be a catcher. She lacked experience, but was willing to put in the work in her free time. When they received the donated catchers gear, the league was able to give her a set to practice with, and Jaylanie dedicated herself to becoming the best player she could be. Elmwood Little League honored her that season as the most improved player for her age class.
Belize City Softball Association
Belize City, Belize
In Belize, one baseball alone costs about 15 US dollars. Softball is one of the most popular sports in the country, but participation has diminished among youth due to difficulties accessing equipment. In 2019, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball and Philadelphia Adult League Softball (PALS) teamed up to provide softball equipment to Belize City Softball Association. 19 representatives of PALS traveled down to Belize to facilitate clinics and deliver the equipment, which was later distributed to schools throughout Belize City. Between the PIFBS donation and other items collected by PALS, over 1,200 pounds of equipment was distributed to eight low-income primary schools in Belize City to either start or restart their softball programs, which would be offered as part of the school’s physical education programs.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes ColVen, Valle de La Pascua, Venezuela
Like many kids in Venezuela, Lemuel dreamed of playing professional baseball. His first contact with FCA was as a participant in a special baseball camp held in Valle de La Pascua, VZ in 2016. At the time, he struggled to trust people after his biological father and two step fathers all left his mother and sisters. After the camp, Lemuel began attending FCA’s baseball academy/school. He was given a uniform and glove donated by PIFBS. Through participating in the program he grew tremendously and became a leader, even helping coach the younger boys at the school.
HANDS on New York INC., LA CIENAGA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Carlos was adopted by a local family as an infant. He had a passion for the game of baseball and always wanted to be on a team, but his adopted parents were not able to pay the registration fees due to financial constraints, nor could they provide him with a uniform and a glove. When he received equipment from PIFBS through Hands On New York, Carlos was so moved and emotional in expressing gratitude for the donations. The chance to finally be a part of a team lifted his spirits, improved his grades in school, and motivated him to be more active in his community.
Granville Little League, Granville, NY
Kolton struggled adjusting to a new age group at the beginning of the season. He worked hard at practice, and gradually became more comfortable on the field with his newly donated equipment, improving his skills and gaining confidence as he adjusted to the new group of kids in the dugout. At the end of the season, Kolton’s team had advanced to the championship game. The teams were tied in extra innings. With two outs and nobody on base, Kolton stepped to the plate. He smashed a hard line drive down to the right field corner, and scampered around the bases for what proved to be the championship-winning, walk-off inside the park home run. Kolton was mobbed by his teammates at home plate, and hoisted into the air by his coach in celebration!
Central Utah Athletics, Mona, UT
Cheyenne had been catching since she was little, and had always used team equipment. She knew she would need to get her own gear to be a catcher at a more competitive level, but her family had not been able to purchase her a catchers set due to financial constraints. The donated equipment the league received allowed them to provide kids with mitts, catchers gear, and other practice equipment, alleviating the burden of expenses that had been placed on families. The coaches noted a sisterhood forming among the girls, and parents commented that they had never seen their daughters so relaxed and confident. With help from the PIFBS donations, Central Utah Athletics has created a safe place for kids to be themselves, be accepted, and become leaders.
Lost Boyz Inc. Chicago, IL
When Carmelia came to Lost Boyz Inc. she was non-verbal in school or around any of her peers in the organization. Her mom approached the program director and asked if they would help her become more verbal. Once she realized that Lost Boyz Inc was a family-oriented group, she became more comfortable with the other kids and began to loosen up. One day during their Winter Clinic, Carmelia was being tutored by one of the teachers, and her mother noticed that she was having a full conversation with the teacher! With help from the donated equipment, Carmelia was even able to attend her first tournament with Lost Boyz Inc.
Villa Vasquez, Dominican Republic
In 2012, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball received a grant request from Gladys Pena, founding member of the foundation Villa Vasquez en Linea. Based in the town of Villa Vasquez in the Dominican Republic, the organization “is built to help people of low income to solve matter(s) like health issues, shoes, clothes, etc.” and to improve children’s lives. Luis, who was 10 years old at the time, was among the children who received that equipment. Luis continued playing baseball, and began earning the attention of Major League teams. On January 15, 2021, Luis officially signed a professional contract to join the Minnesota Twins organization.
Lanai Pono Baseball
Lanai City, Hawaii
In 2018, Dr. Coop DeRenne helped start a youth baseball team in Lanai City, Hawaii, giving several children their first-ever chance to play ball. A former professional baseball player turned professor and coach, Coop had seen first hand how sports change lives. Many families in the area are of lower income, and there are no major stores on industries on the island. The 11 players came from various ethnic and financial backgrounds, and with a lack of resources on the island, they had not had a chance to ever experience the game before the creation of this team.
“We saw their socialization improve, their grades improve. They all play sports today…. They’ve just blossomed through this experience.” –Dr. Coop DeRenne, Coach