In times of tragedy, children are the most affected. Baseball and softball can help to restore a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos.
PIFBS’ first project was with two Little League programs in Biloxi, Mississippi that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Disaster relief programs are ingrained into the fabric of this organization. These are our most impactful efforts as we strive to bring some normalcy to kids in times of tragedy. Over the past decade, PIFBS has helped to rebuild entire leagues, and has helped thousands of kids start their seasons on time in the wake of natural disasters. PIFBS has assisted with relief efforts on the NY/NJ shoreline following Hurricane Sandy; Joplin, MO; the Gulf Coast region; and Japan. In 2018, PIFBS helped thousands of kids get back to playing ball in Houston and Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
PIFBS is currently working hard to identify teams and leagues that are in need of equipment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To promote safety for kids to get back on the field, regulations require that children do not share equipment. Many teams and families are unable to provide enough equipment for each child to have his/her own, and would greatly benefit from equipment donations that allow children to return to the game safely.