Sports Equipment Donation Programs

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) encourages everyone to donate new and gently used sports equipment of all kinds to families and organizations serving kids in need to ease the cost burden and to help remove barriers to participation. Baseball and softball equipment and uniform items — especially gloves, balls, catcher’s gear, outgrown cleats, uniform pant belts — are terrific donations.

BTF partners with MLB Clubs to collect and distribute new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to local organizations in need. Recipients of the equipment are selected by each participating MLB Club and are usually located in or near the MLB city.

The BTF office does not accept equipment donations nor ship equipment donations to recipients; however, several nonprofit organizations and corporations do accept equipment donations and/or donate to programs in need. Here are a few (please check the websites provided for current and complete information):

Pitch In For Baseball

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Considers grant applications from organizations and schools that serve economically disadvantaged kids and that can cover the cost of shipping, customs, taxes, and fees

· Areas served: U.S. and international

· Items accepted: Baseball, gloves, catchers’ gear, bats

· How to donate items: Two drop off centers (one in Los Angeles, CA, the other in Harleysville, PA) or send shipment to Pitch In For Baseball & Softball, 1541 Gehman Road, Harleysville, PA 19438

Oriole Advocates

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Donates to schools, orphanages, community groups, hospitals based on need

· Areas served: U.S. and Caribbean/Latin America

· Items accepted: Baseball equipment and apparel

· How to donate items: Contact for more info on how and where to donate

Kids Gear for Baseball — San Diego

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Donates to youth sports organizations and schools

· Areas served: Primarily San Diego and surrounding areas

· Items accepted: Baseball and softball equipment and apparel

· How to donate items: Collect equipment at different events. Contact for more info

Kids Gear for Baseball — Massachusetts

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Donates to youth sports organizations and schools, including Boys and Girls Clubs. Contact for more info

· Areas served: Primarily Greater Boston area and Caribbean/Latin America

· Items accepted: Baseball and softball equipment and apparel

· How to donate items: Donate at Lowell Spinner and Boston Red Sox games. Contact for more info

Level The Playing Field, Inc.

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Accepts online grant from schools and programs that work in underserved neighborhoods & serve at-risk youth

· Areas served: Primarily DC, Maryland, & Virginia, but will consider worldwide

· Items accepted: Soccer gear, baseball and softball gear, football gear (not helmets), field hockey and hockey gear, golf gear, tennis gear, lacrosse gear, recess equipment

· How to donate items: Drop off centers at its HQ in Silver Spring, MD, and in Chantilly, VA. Will also pick up equipment within a certain radius (~500 miles) for a fee.

Project Fit America

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Eligible schools located in sponsor service areas are invited to apply.

· Areas served: Selected U.S. cities

· Items accepted: School sports equipment

· How to donate items: Contact Project Fit America to locate a school in need

Global Sports Foundation

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Applicants must e-mail the Foundation with contact name, phone number, organization, location, and specific equipment needs to be considered

· Areas served: U.S. and international

· Items accepted: Gently used or new baseballs, fielding gloves, batting tees, catcher’s mitts & gear, baseball cleats, umpire protective gear & ball/strike counters, sets of bases

· How to donate items: Send shipment to c/o David Fantin, 31 Halfmoon Court Suite 100, The Woodlands, TX 77380

Let’s Play It Forward

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Considers charitable organizations and youth sports programs in need. Equipment requests must be submitted on the “Contact Us” page on website

· Areas served: Primarily New York & surrounding areas

· Items accepted: Footballs, kickballs, soccer balls, all baseball and soccer gear (cleats included), Softball equipment, pinneys, orange-cones and discs, volleyballs, basketballs, hockey equipment, shin guards, tennis equipment, uniforms in sets of 12 or more and gently used sneakers

· How to donate items: Collection boxes at Brewster Sports Center (Brewster, NY), Whitehall Auto Services (Katonah, NY), and Van Tassell Park (Westchester, NY), or email at letsplayitforward@aol.com

The Sports Shed

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Considers schools and non-profit youth sports programs. Directors/programs must reach out to The Sports Shed, and the organization will conduct site visit to determine need and sustainability

· Areas served: Primarily inner-city Chicago, and some surrounding areas

· Items accepted: All gently used gear, particularly team sports gear

· How to donate items: Many drop-off locations in the state of Illinois

All Kids Should Play

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Considers charitable youth sports organizations and schools. Contact for more information.

· Areas served: Primarily Baltimore, Maryland and surrounding areas

· Items accepted: New or gently used lacrosse sticks, volleyballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, footballs, cleats, sneakers, team uniforms, baseball caps, golf clubs, tennis rackets, sports nets

· How to donate items: 3 drop-off locations in Maryland, or contact the organization

GiveSPORTS — A Precious Child

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Considers scholarship application from children for any sports if they are in need in order to cover cost of registration, tournament fees, participation fees, uniform fees, needed equipment, etc.

· Areas served: Primarily Broomfield/Denver CO and surrounding areas

· Items accepted: All sports equipment especially football gear, basketball gear, soccer gear, baseball and softball gear, lacrosse gear, volleyball gear, hockey gear, new cups, new mouth-guards

· How to donate items: Drop-off location in Broomfield Colorado

Sports Gift

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Considers requests from youth sports programs that serve disadvantaged or impoverished youth. Contact for more info

· Areas serviced: U.S. and international

· Items accepted: Baseball and softball equipment and apparel, basketballs and uniforms, basketball nets, athletic clothing, coaching and referee supplies, footballs, kicking tees, medals and ribbons, jump ropes, rubber balls, frisbees, hackey sacks, lightly worn running shoes, soccer equipment and apparel, tennis equipment and apparel, volleyballs, volleyball nets

· How to donate items: Ship to Sports Gift, 32565 B Golden Lantern Street, #190, Dana Point, California 92629

Turn Two for Youth

· Criteria and process to receive equipment: Considers requests from youth sports programs — including Miracle League programs

· Areas served: U.S. and internationally

· Items accepted: Baseball and softball equipment and apparel

· How to donate items: Contact organization regarding drop-off and shipping

Good Sports

· All interested programs must submit an application in order to be considered for an equipment donation.

Criteria:

  • Your organization directly serves youth between the ages of 3–18 years old
  • Your organization serves youth in an economically disadvantaged area
  • Your organization is located in the United States
  • Your organization operates an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children

Good Sports is NOT able to donate to the following:

  • Short-term events such as sports camps and tournaments
  • Individual athletes

Good360

A nonprofit that partners with socially responsible companies to source highly needed goods and distribute them through our network of diverse nonprofits that support people in need.

Corporate Donation Programs

Rawlings Sporting Goods — All sponsorship and donation requests must be sent to Teams@Rawlings.com. Please include your organizations letterhead and a clear description of your request.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

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The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a program under the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint initiative of MLB and the MLBPA

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