The Pitch In For Baseball & Softball model is simple. We gather new/gently used gear and monetary donations from communities across the United States and get it to boys and girls around the world who want to play ball but don’t have access to the proper equipment.
Once equipment is collected, it is dropped off or shipped to PIFBS and that is where we take over. We inspect the items for safety, sort, and store them in our warehouse. We distribute equipment grants to leagues, teams, schools, and organizations through 4 key programs:
- Domestic and International Equipment Grants – Designed to help leagues, teams, and community organizations around the globe get the equipment needed to play baseball or softball. Grantees are required to complete annual reporting detailing the impact of our donation. PIFBS averages about 500 projects each year. To apply, click here
- School Based Program – Baseball and softball are powerful youth development tools, contributing to academic success and improved attendance. PIFBS has been partnering with schools and districts since 2008, helping to start, continue, or expand baseball and/or softball programs amidst growing budget deficits. Click here to learn more.
- Disaster Relief Program – In times of tragedy, children are the most affected. Baseball and softball can help to restore a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos. Over the years, we have helped dozens of communities around the globe including NY/NJ shoreline (following Hurricane Sandy); Joplin, MO; the Gulf Coast region (following Hurricane Katrina); Houston, TX (following Hurricane Harvey); West Virginia; and Puerto Rico (following Hurricane Maria). To learn more, click here