Just before the New Year Play Ball Indiana received two very special gifts:
Good Sports Equipment Grant
a “Good Sports” award from the Good Sports Foundation based in Quincy, MA worth about $20-25,000 in uniforms and equipment. Below is an article about GSE written by our RBI Intern, David Blumberg, May 3, 2017
Play Ball Indiana is a program that relies on the generosity of donors. This is the reality that most RBI leagues face, as they generally face a funding gap between themselves and their suburban peers. Nonprofits sometimes step up to fill that void, as has been the case for Good Sports and Play Ball Indiana.
David McIsaac outlines the organization’s goals very clearly. “We donate brand new equipment. That is, sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to programs nationwide.” The foundation grants two years of donations to leagues like Play Ball Indiana. “We impact programs that serve disadvantaged youth,” says McIsaac. Play Ball Indiana certainly fits this description, and Good Sports is happy to help.
Good Sports finds that partnerships with corporate sponsors is very important. The fund from which Play Ball Indiana is receiving its donations is provided by the Dr.Pepper-Snapple group. The company has allotted funds from their “Let’s Play” initiative to Good Sports to use in acquiring equipment to donate to youth sports programs in need of the help.
This largely explains why Good Sports focuses on the equipment that they do. “We want to include items that will impact the organization as a whole.” He continued to explain that Good Sports wants to get durable items to the programs they work with. “With Play Ball Indiana, we did catching gear, baseball bats, gloves, items that have a long shelf life.” McIsaac believes this helps organizations to get the longest-lasting and broadest use out of the donations.
Good Sports hopes to continue working with Play Ball Indiana. Already off to a good start, the partnership looks to be one that should aid the program in the future.
Indiana Sports Corporation Donates Equipment to RBI Program
Last fall the Indy RBI program was the beneficiary of a large equipment grant from the Indiana Sports Corporation. In total, the value of this donation is well in excess of $40,000. Most of this equipment will be spread between the Indy RBI sites including Forest Manor Park, St. Alban’s Church, Carnine RBI and Garfield Park.
Both of these gifts will be put to work right away on two new projects for the year. First, we have been asked to help run the Indianapolis Public Schools baseball and softball program for the middle and elementary schools. We are expecting 1-3 teams from each of these schools, which will mean 600-1000 new kids will be part of the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program. All together we may eclipse the 2000 kid mark this season.