USA Baseball donates equipment in 2007
Excess balls, bats and more donated both domestically and internationally to organizations, teams and players

Feb. 28, 2008

DURHAM, NC -- USA Baseball took several opportunities in 2007 to donate extra used equipment to teams and players both in the U.S. and abroad who were in need.

Highlights of the donation program include:

•   USA Baseball participated in a used baseball equipment drive coordinated by West Raleigh Baseball, one of the oldest youth baseball programs in North Carolina. The organization collected nearly 500 pounds of equipment for Pitch In for Baseball (www.pitchinforbaseball.org), a non-profit organization that distributes equipment to youth baseball organizations around the world. USA Baseball contributed bats, helmets, uniform pants, and catcher's gear previously used by its National Teams. Much of this gear will be sent to programs in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast regions still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

•   USA Baseball sent a pallet of used gear to Guatemala to be distributed at the Latin American High School Championships for donations to Latin American countries who cannot afford equipment.

•   Through the charitable donations made by the players and families of the USA Baseball Champions Program (14U), the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco received over 50 pieces of individual equipment including bats, gloves, cleats, catcher's gear, and helmets.

•   Head coach Gary Hatch and the rest of the 2007 USA Baseball 16U National Team spearheaded an effort in Barquisimeto, Venezuela wherein the team donated equipment to less fortunate players and teams in the surrounding areas.

For more information on USA Baseball and its used equipment donation efforts, please email us at info@usabaseball.com.