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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2009 > September - December > Pitch In For Baseball: Getting Little Leagues Back in the Game

Pitch In For Baseball: Getting Little Leagues Back in the Game

Since 2005, Little League Baseball and Softball has partnered with a non-profit youth baseball and softball charity called Pitch In For Baseball® (www.pitchinforbaseball.org) to coordinate the collection and redistribution of new or “gently used” baseball and softball uniforms and equipment to programs and communities all around the U.S. and the world.

How you can help

You and your league can help in one of two ways.  First, you can make a donation of uniforms and/or equipment. Pitch In For Baseball is collecting new or gently used youth baseball and softball gloves, catcher’s mitts, catcher’s gear, batting helmets, base sets, batting tees, uniform sets, rubber cleats and bats.  New baseballs are also needed.  PIFB defines a gently used item as one that does not need repair in order to be used. It is an item you would feel comfortable giving to a family member, friend or neighbor as a hand me down. You will be responsible for the cost of shipping donated equipment to Pitch In For Baseball.  Donations of equipment can be sent to:

Pitch In For Baseball
1541 Gehman Road
Harleysville, PA  19438

However, the fastest way to make an impact in this situation is to make a monetary donation. Prior donations of equipment are already on hand at the Pitch In For Baseball warehouse. Financial contributions will help offset the costs of warehousing and shipping these items to recipient communities/leagues. It costs approximately $1,000 to sponsor a shipment of equipment and uniforms to a community in need, however donations of any size are greatly appreciated. Contributions are fully tax deductible and can made be via credit card directly through the PIFB website at http://www.active.com/donate/pifb.

If you are making monetary contributions by check, please make it out to “Pitch In For Baseball”. Make sure to include your name and address with any contribution so that PIFB can give you/your league proper recognition and any receipts needed for tax purposes.  Checks would be mailed to Pitch In For Baseball at the address above.

We also encourage you to forward this announcement along to all families within your Little League organization so that they can participate as well in this worthy effort. Questions about the program can be directed to Pitch In For Baseball’s Executive Director, David Rhode. Mr. Rhode can be reached via email at: drhode@pitchinforbaseball.org; or by phone at 267-263-4069.

More information on Pitch In For Baseball is available here: PIFB Flier.

“Let your equipment play extra innings”