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.
Sports help build self-confidence, offer a constructive alternative for the key after-school hours, and give kids positive role models. Due to budget limitations, many schools and communities have had to eliminate non-academic after-school and recreation programs. Seasonal sports like baseball and softball are often the first to go.
Pitch In For Baseball & Softball launched our School-Based Program in 2008, designed to help schools and districts stretch limited budgets so that they can start or continue 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 ball.
Our School-Based Programs also give us a better sense of our impact. PIFBS recently has had formal programs in Philadelphia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, and northern Kentucky.
Below are the results from our 2021 programs.
Number of students WHO had never played baseball/softball before
Number of students WHO qualified for free/reduced lunch
Number students WHO improved their attendance as a result of playing ball
Number of students WHO improved their grades as a result of playing ball
total number of students Of African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian American Ethnicity
total number of students impacted in 2021
Thank you to our partners who make these programs possible!
Help kids around the world play ball!
Pitch In For Baseball & Softball® (PIFBS) provides new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to boys and girls in the United States and around the world who want to play ball but lack the equipment to do so. Donate today, and help support youth development through baseball and softball.