Throughout December 2020, and January 2021, several U.S. cities will welcome the “Pull Up Neighbor” Tour supported by The Players Alliance (TPA). As part of this initiative to provide aid to Black communities, local Little League teams or players in need of playing equipment may contact TPA and submit requests.
The Players Alliance is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 150 active and former Major League Baseball Players who seek to improve representation of Black Americans in all levels of baseball.
To support this mission, the Pull Up Neighbor Tour is asking teams and individuals in these tour destinations to visit the Pull Up Neighbor Tour page on theplayersalliance.com and click the “REQUEST GEAR” tab beneath the Gear for Good Pop-Up icon. Individuals interested in volunteering, donating, or partnering with TPA may share information by visiting the Pull Up Neighbor Tour page and selecting the appropriate tab.
During the 2020 season on Jackie Robinson Day, MLB Players from across the league donated their game-day salaries to The Players Alliance, raising more than $1 million which the organization is reinvesting in the Black community. Major League Baseball is matching the Alliance’s investment with a donation of an additional $1 million worth of supplies and baseball equipment, expanding the Alliance’s reach in the communities that need it most.
Starting on Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2020), The Players Alliance launched a two-month, cross-country mobile tour in partnership with Pull Up Neighbor, a Black-owned community response team. Many underserved children have endured countless losses due to the pandemic, including access to learn and play baseball. This program’s goal is to help counter all that and provide support during these uncertain times.
The Black community has been disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic, so this important initiative is helping aid communities of color in a safe, socially distant, and responsible capacity. They will be provided with much-needed resources, including a pop-up pantry and COVID supplies, and as a bonus, access to baseball equipment via the Alliance’s Gear For Good program.
Each of the Pull Up destinations will also have special program hosts: Major League Baseball players.
The Players Alliance is pulling up to a city near you, investing $1 million to support Black communities across the country 🚛
— ThePlayersAlliance (@Player_Alliance) November 24, 2020
- The Bronx, New York (12/1)
- Brooklyn, New York (12/2)
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12/4)
- Baltimore; Washington D.C. (12/5)
- Hampton, Virginia (12/6)
- Cleveland, Ohio (12/9)
- Flint & Detroit, Michigan (12/11)
- Chicago, Illinois (12/12 & 12/13)
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin (12/14)
- St Louis, Missouri (12/16)
- Cincinnati, Ohio (12/17)
- Louisville, Kentucky (12/18)
- Nashville, Tennessee (12/19)
- Atlanta, Georgia (12/20)
- Charlotte, North Carolina (12/21)
- Orlando, Florida (1/2)
- Tampa, Florida (1/3)
- Ft. Pierce, Florida (1/4)
- Miami, Florida (1/5)
- Hattiesburg, Mississippi (1/8)
- Houston, Texas (1/9)
- Dallas, Texas (1/10)
- Phoenix, Arizona (1/13)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (1/14)
- Barstow, California (1/15)
- San Diego, California (1/16)
- Inglewood and East Los Angeles, California (1/17)
- Compton & Watts, California (1/18)
- Fresno, California (1/20)
- San Francisco, California (1/21)
- Oakland, California (1/22)
- Vallejo, California (1/23)
Player hosts include, but are not limited to:
Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Adam Jones, Amir Garrett, Anthony Alford, Cameron Maybin, CC Sabathia, Chris Young, Chris Dickerson, Christin Stewart, Curtis Granderson, David Price, Dee Gordon, DeMarcus Evans, Denard Span, Devin Williams, Dexter Fowler, Dominic Smith, Dwight Smith Jr., Edwin Jackson, Ian Desmond, Jack Flaherty, Jason Heyward, Jemile Weeks, Jimmy Rollins, Jordan Hicks, Josh Harrison, JP Crawford, Justus Sheffield, Kyle Lewis, Lewis Brinson, Marcus Stroman, Michael Brantley, Monte Harrison, Mookie Betts, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Howard, Sterling Sharp, Tim Anderson, Tommy Pham, Torii Hunter, Touki Toussaint.