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Braves Equipment Day check presentation on Turner Field! A check for 5,000 dollars was presented to the Metro Atlanta YMCA. View the rest of the photos on BTF’s Flickr! Click here!
For those of you in Georgia or near Atlanta… the Braves will be holding their Equipment Day collection next week!
WHEN: Wednesday June 16 & Thursday June 17
EQUIPMENT DRIVE – The Atlanta Braves and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund have teamed up to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment. Equipment will be collected in Monument Grove from the time the gates open until the end of the second inning. Fans who make a donation will receive a Braves hat while supplies last and for each item donated fans will be entered into a raffle to win Braves autographed items.
In support of the ongoing commitment to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is teaming up with MLB Clubs to host equipment collection drives at the stadiums during the 2010 season.
Chris Young (Arizona Diamondbacks) helped present a 5,000 dollar check on Chase Field! (Below) The grant was given in Chris Young’s name in honor of his commitment to youth baseball and softball.
Fans are invited to donate new and used equipment as well as cash donations which will benefit local organizations.
In conjunction with the equipment drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award $5,000 to each local organization selected by the Clubs for the purchase of new equipment.
The grant will be given in the name of a player on each team in honor of his commitment to youth baseball and softball.
This year marks the sixth season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has collaborated with Major League Baseball Clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs.
Last year, over 17,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $175,000 in monetary contributions were donated to youth baseball and softball organizations in Major League markets in conjunction with the Equipment Day initiative.
To date, over 67,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $800,000 in cash donations has benefited organizations in need.
Mark your calendar and start sorting through the out-grown, extra or unwanted used baseball and softball equipment around your house or local youth league!
If you live in or near a Major League market, donate equipment at the ballpark. All donations will benefit an organization serving kids in need.
Check back here periodically for the latest schedule of collection dates (NOTE: Dates and game times are subject to change; please check the Club website for the latest time and ticket information):
|APRIL 23-24||Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, MO|
|APRIL 25||Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX|
|MAY 14||Sun Life Stadium – Miami, FL|
|MAY 16||PETCO Park – San Diego, CA|
|MAY 23||Progressive Field – Cleveland, OH|
|MAY 28-30||Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI|
|MAY 29-30||Rogers Centre – Toronto, Canada|
|JUNE 6||Nationals Park – Washington, DC|
|JUNE 16-17||Turner Field – Atlanta, GA|
|JUNE 26||AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA|
|JULY 9||US Cellular Field – Chicago, IL|
|JULY 10||SAFECO Field – Seattle, WA|
|JULY 16||PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA|
|JULY 23||Rangers Ballpark – Arlington, TX|
|AUGUST 7||Comerica Park – Detroit, MI|
|AUGUST 7-8||Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA|
|AUGUST 15||Great American Ball Park – Cincinnati, OH|
|AUGUST 29||Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA|
|SEPTEMBER 5||Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA|
|SEPTEMBER 18||Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore, MD|
|SEPTEMBER 18||Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO|
This year marks the sixth annual BTF/MLB Equipment Day initiative which teams up the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and MLB Clubs as they host equipment collection drives at MLB stadiums.
Each year, an average of 13,500 equipment items are collected as well as $33,000 in cash donations for the purchase of new equipment. All donations benefit local youth baseball and softball programs.
MLB Clubs have just begun scheduling their 2010 Equipment Days. If you live in or near a Major League city, please check BTF Today periodically for the latest dates (NOTE: Dates and game times are subject to change; please check the Club website for the latest time and ticket information):
WASHINGTON, DC – NATIONALS PARK – JUNE 6 – 1:30 PM GAME TIME
Recipient: Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation
MILWAUKEE, WI – MILLER PARK – JUNE 10 – 1:10 PM GAME TIME
Recipients: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the Miracle League
Kids Gear, Red Sox Fully Equipped
The 2009 baseball season marked the fifth year of the BTF/MLB Equipment Day program. Every year BTF teams up with MLB Clubs to collect new and used equipment at Major League ballparks prior to select home games. The equipment is then donated to local youth baseball or softball organizations of the Clubs’ choice. In addition, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards a $5,000 grant to a youth baseball or softball organization in each participating market. Collections take place in all Major League markets.
One of the most effective drives during the 2009 season was the Boston Red Sox collection. The drive resulted in nearly 1,200 pieces of equipment collected – good for the 4th highest total amongst the 29 participating Clubs. The Red Sox have taken part in Equipment Day since its inception in 2005 and have routinely had successful drives. The Red Sox chose Kids Gear for Baseball in Lynnfield, MA as their recipient.
Former Red Sox Pitcher (and current Cleveland Indian) Justin Masterson presents BTF check to Jim Chisholm and his daughters, Kaitlyn and Kelsey, at Fenway Park.
Meet Kids Gear for Baseball-Boston Director Jim Chisholm
Kids Gear for Baseball is a non-profit community volunteer program that collects quality used baseball equipment from affluent communities and distributes it to organizations serving children in need. The Red Sox and Kids Gear for Baseball collected nearly 1,200 pieces of equipment, making their drive one of the years most successful. Kids Gear for Baseball director Jim Chisholm took a few minutes to discuss the drive:
BTF: The Boston Red Sox equipment drive was one of the year’s most successful. What do you attribute to the success of this year’s drive?
Jim: The 2009 equipment drive was our best ever, the weather cooperated, the volunteers were enthusiastic and the Red Sox did an excellent job getting the word out early and often. The high-light of the collection was a visit from Red Sox owner John Henry.
BTF: When did your relationship with the Boston Red Sox begin and how did it start?
Jim: Kids Gear for Baseball has been associated with the Red Sox for the past six years. The organization was started by another family in our town of Lynnfield.
BTF: What are some key tips and strategies to coordinating a successful equipment drive?
Jim: Three big things:
- Organization: It is important for us to be prepared prior to arriving at the park. We now have it down to a science.
- Enthusiasm: Our volunteers are enthusiastic and are appreciative. They are also very visible, wearing yellow Kids Gear Shirts.
- Publicity: The Red Sox organization does a very good job alerting the public about the collection. They make announcements regularly leading up to the collection day on both TV and Radio. We also appear on the Red Sox Calendar and on the Jumbotron.
BTF: What do the kids and volunteers take away from this experience?
Jim: It is a very exciting day; a few of the kids had never attended a game at Fenway Park. The Children who volunteer for the collection got a firsthand look at the generosity of Red Sox Nation. It is a lot of work but they know that their efforts are going to a great cause, allowing kids who are less fortunate a chance to play baseball!.
BTF: What does the partnership with the Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association mean to your organization?
Jim: Everything, we are a small grassroots organization; however, we have enabled thousands of kids in the greater Boston area to play baseball. Without the support of all three organizations it would be virtually impossible to get the word out and rally support for our organization. The three organizations have been very generous with their time, support and money allowing our family to give back to the community.
BTF: Why are programs like Kids Gear for Baseball-Boston so critical in our communities?
Jim: We see every year the effect Kids Gear has first hand. The organizations we donate the equipment to are very appreciative and their appreciation is overwhelming. Last year we had a veteran’s home from Charlestown, MA attend the equipment distribution. We were able to outfit their entire program. A few days later I received a thank you note from the veterans expressing their gratitude. Over the past several years we have donated thousands of gloves, bats, balls, uniforms to under privileged kids in the greater Boston area.
BTF: How cool was it to receive the BTF check at Fenway Park?
Jim: The Best!! It gives my family a feeling of accomplishment and pride that we have been able to do something to give back. We love the game of baseball and are fortunate to be recognized for our efforts and hope that in some small way we have made a difference.