Washburn HS Softball
With PIFB’s help, Washburn HS has been able to steadily grow the program. For 2017, Washburn strengthened the existing program. PIFB donated new helmets, catchers gear, and gloves, enabling all girls who wanted to play to make the team. Washburn HS is already expecting an additional 14% budget cut for 2018. PIFB and Washburn HS will continue to partner to make softball accessible.
Health Opportunities & Social Justice High School, Bronx
As a part of the partnership with the Yankees, this high school out of the Bronx was able to have a softball team for the first time. Four players on the team were failing nearly all of their classes and were not on track to graduate. The opportunity to play softball turned their performance in the classroom around. The girls are passing their classes with high scores and are on track to graduate.
CORE Academy, Texas
Softball coach Shamial Allen says that coaching her team throughout the season was like watching a seed blossom into many beautiful flowers. Early in the season many girls didn’t know how to properly hold a bat or field a ground ball. They worked hard throughout the season to improve their skills and Shamial says the donation of equipment brought confidence, sportsmanship, leadership, increased GPA’s and a sense of belonging to all the girls. The team finished second in their division!
LA Monarch Girls Baseball, Los Angeles
When longtime baseball fan and Los Angeles native Gillian realized that the area had many girls who wanted to continue playing baseball, she formed the LA Monarchs, a girls only baseball team. With a number of girls coming from low income families, many of them struggle to pay the minimal participation fee and cannot afford equipment. PIFB was able to help with their equipment needs and keep the girls on the field.
Wilson Sporting Goods—Chicago, IL
The very first Signature Project of 2018 kicked off in Chicago with longtime partner, Wilson. Employees helped pack up the brand new gear into team bags and then distributed it to 20 high school softball teams in the area. The donation totaled more than $30,000 and helped over 400 girls in Chicago play ball!
Natasha Watley Foundation—Los Angeles, CA
In June, PIFS donated nearly $50,000 in gear to the Natasha Watley Foundation to help provide a high quality softball experience for under-resourced girls in the Los Angeles area. The PIFS Signature Project helped to provide equipment to expand an additional 8 teams and update gear for the existing 22 teams.
Little League—Caribbean Islands
The US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten also saw extensive damage from the hurricanes in 2017. For the last Signature Project of 2018, PIFS and Little League teamed up to donate more than $40,000 worth of equipment to all of the softball leagues on the three islands so they could get back on the field.