Baseball and softball are powerful vehicles for youth development, teaching important life lessons like teamwork, respect, keeping a commitment, and how to win and lose.
It helps build self-confidence, offers a constructive alternative for the key after-school hours, and gives kids positive role models in their coaches. However, due to budget limitations/deficits, many schools and communities have had to eliminate non-academic after-school and recreation programs. Seasonal sports like baseball/softball are often the first to go.
Pitch In For Baseball & Softball launched its School Based Program in 2008 which was designed to help schools and districts stretch limited budgets so that they can start, continue, and/or start baseball and/or softball programs. Our goal is to reduce the financial burden for both schools/districts AND for kids and families by providing all of the gear needed to play.
Our School Based Programs also give us a better sense of our impact. PIFBS currently has formal programs in Philadelphia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, the Bronx, and northern Kentucky. Below are the results from our 2017 programs:
- 43% of students had never played baseball/softball before
- 88% of students qualified for free/reduced lunch
- 65% of students improved their attendance as a result of playing ball
- 65% of students improved their grades as a result of playing ball
- 3,000+ total number of students impacted in 2017