Baseball/softball is a powerful vehicle for youth development, teaching important life lessons like teamwork, respect, keeping a commitment, and how to win and lose.
It helps build self-confidence, offers a constructive alternative for the key after-school hours, and gives kids positive role models in their coaches. However, due to budget limitations/deficits many schools and communities have had to eliminate non-academic after-school and recreation programs. Seasonal sports like baseball/softball are often the first to go.
Pitch In For Baseball launched its School Based Program in 2008 which was designed to help schools and districts stretch limited budgets so that they can start, continue, and/or start baseball and/or softball programs. Pitch In For Softball will follow the same model for the School Based Program with our goal being to reduce the financial burden for both schools/districts AND for kids and families by providing all of the gear needed to play.
Our School-Based Programs also give us a better sense of our impact. PIFB & PIFS currently have formal programs in Philadelphia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, the Bronx, Memphis, Atlanta, and northern Kentucky. Below are the results from our 2016 programs:
- 49% of students had never played baseball/softball before
- 93% of students qualified for free/reduced lunch
- 72% of students improved their attendance as a result of playing ball
- 67% of students improved their grades as a result of playing ball
- 3,139 total number of students that played ball in 2016