Pod-Cast: Equipment Day Updates!
This past weekend the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals both hosted their BTF/MLB Equipment Days in beautiful weather. The Giants collection was in conjunction with the Junior Giants glove drive, which in 2011 raised $140,000 and collected more than 2,300 gloves to ensure that every child in the program had a glove of their own. On June 2, 2012, BTF Executive Director, Cathy Bradley, was on the Giants field to present a $5,000 check to the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunter’s Point which will enable the club to purchase new equipment for its Junior Giants program.
The Washington Nationals hosted their collection on Sunday June 3rd at Nationals Park. The equipment will be donated to the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DCDPR) which provides baseball and softball programming to DC youths. Nationals’ shortstop and ESPN top 500 player, Ian Desmond, joined on-field to present the $5,000 check to DCDPR.
Equipment Day Tally: The Houston Astros reported incredible Equipment Day results from their drive on May 20, 2012. This year the Astros collected more than 750 items, more than THREE TIMES the amount of equipment they collected in 2011! They also raised close to $150 dollars in cash donations from fans. The collected equipment and cash will benefit the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and their youth baseball and softball programs.
We’re plugging through some amazing 2012 Equipment Days but there are still many more to come including; the Boston Red Sox June 22nd-24th, the Atlanta Braves, June 30th and the Miami Marlins, June 30th. Check our website to see when your favorite team is hosting theirs and our Facebook and Twitter pages to get more ED2012 updates, stats and photos!