Pitch In For Baseball, a not-for-profit that collects and redistributes new and gently-used youth baseball/softball equipment to communities in need all across the world, in partnership with the Little League® Big Legacy Project and American Honda Motor Corp. is donating $10,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment to Wrigley Little League of Los Angeles, a Little League Urban Initiative league.
In a ceremony on Saturday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Galpin Honda in Mission Hills, Calif., Wrigley Little League officials, players and their families will accept the donation which includes; catchers gear, fielding gloves, bats, balls, batting helmets, equipment bags and more. This donation is made possible by Little League, American Honda Motor Corp., Easton Sports and Pitch In For Baseball.
“Galpin Honda is always honored to have the opportunity to support the youth in our community, especially through an organization that provides a safe, positive and fun activity for kids,” said Ed Hartoonian, General Manager of Galpin Honda and President of the Southern California Honda Dealers Association.
Wrigley Little Leaguers with Ed Hartoonian, General Manager of Galpin Honda (back row, far left), Jose Hernandez, Wrigley Little League President (back row, second from right) and Meredith Kim, Pitch In For Baseball Director of Development (back row, far right).
“We are so thankful that our community has been selected to receive such a generous donation,” said José Hernandez, Wrigley Little League President. “We are honored to receive this equipment and are confident that it will allow us the opportunity to give more children in our community the chance to play ball this year and in the future.”
In 1999, Little League launched the Urban Initiative as a way to provide communities in need with resources to help establish Little League Baseball and Little League Softball programs. Today, thanks to the Urban Initiative, there are more than 220 leagues in nearly 90 cities that help provide a Little League experience to 52,000 children throughout the United States, including Wrigley Little League. Learn more about the Little League Urban Initiative.
In celebration of its 75th anniversary in 2014, Little League announced that in addition to its initial support of $50,000 for Pitch In For Baseball, through the Big Legacy Project, American Honda Motor Corp., the official vehicle of Little League® Baseball and Softball, provided an additional grant of $50,000. The total $100,000 donation, along with generous equipment donations from Easton Sports, the official team equipment supplier to Little League Baseball and Softball, will support seven donations to local Little League programs.
“Honda has a long history in supporting kids and families in communities across the U.S. and is proud to support Little League Baseball and Pitch In For Baseball globally,” said Susie Rossick, senior manager, Honda Regional Marketing. “Honda’s corporate goals align nicely with Little League Baseball and Softball in supporting teamwork, courage, character and loyalty both on and off the field.”
“We could not be more grateful for the generous support from Little League, Honda, and Easton,” said David Rhode, Pitch In For Baseball Executive Director. “We are excited to continue to work together to support the baseball and softball dreams of Little Leaguers around the world.”
Wrigley Little League President Jose Hernandez and some Wrigley Little Leaguers looking at the baseball and softball equipment donated to the league.