Our Strategic Partners provide monetary and/or equipment donations valuing $25,000 or more, but more importantly, they share our belief that any child who wants to play baseball or softball should have the opportunity to do so.
The partnership with the Reds began in 2015 with the 2015 MLB All-Star Game FanFest festivities where PIFB helped collect equipment from the local community. In 2017, the partnership deepened to support a School-Based Program in Northern Kentucky that provided nearly $50,000 of equipment to 10 high school baseball/softball teams.
With generous support from the Dedeaux Foundation, PIFB now has a West Coast Warehouse in Los Angeles, CA. The Foundation’s support provides the physical space as well as operations staff. This second facility has greatly increased PIFB’s ability to accept more donations and to serve more children and communities in need.
In 2015, the Dodgers chose PIFB as the equipment partner for the sophomore year of their RBI program. In addition, former Phillies’ and Dodger SS, Jimmy Rollins, filmed a PSA to promote Pitch In For Baseball. In 2017, PIFB is helping the Dodgers expand their RBI program by nearly 250 teams.
A partner since 2011, PIFB works with MLB in numerous ways. PIFB has help Major League Baseball’s RBI program to expand hundreds of teams across the country, helping thousands of kids play ball in the United States. For the 2017 partnership, MLB supported the Memphis School-Based Program and provided equipment for 250+ teams.
In 2018, PIFB and the New York Mets Foundation will be partnering to support youth baseball and softball teams in the 5 boroughs. In this new program, 50 teams will receive new equipment. Stay tuned for more details!
Pitch In For Baseball is led by Board President Roy Smalley, a former Twins All-Star shortstop. The Twins support PIFB with equipment collected during a community drive, support from the Twins Community Fund, directing grants from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and providing resources for the growing PIFB partnership with Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts.
The New York Yankees held a press conference on July 3, 2017 during which Zack Hample — the fan who retrieved Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit on June 19, 2017 — presented the ball to Rodriguez and the Yankees presented Pitch in for Baseball with a donation of $150,000. To see video of the press conference, click here. With those funds, PIFB and the Yankees have supported 20 baseball and softball teams and two parks & recreation leagues in the Bronx, helping hundreds of children get on the field.
In 2014, Wilson Sporting Goods launched the Get a Glove, Give a Glove campaign, which gives their customers a chance to shop and support PIFS’s efforts to increase access to baseball and softball for kids around the globe. This unique program provides one glove for each Glove of the Month purchased, providing more than 5,000 gloves to children. In addition, the Wilson family of brands offers PIFS exclusive rates on new equipment and has donated millions in product to help kids get on the field. To learn more about the partnership, click here.