From staff reports
Do you have extra youth baseball equipment lying around your house, going unused? Or do you want to help needy children around the globe find positive, skill-building activities? Then donate your new and gently-used baseball equipment to Lucas Eans’ Eagle Scout Project which is partnering with Pitch In For Baseball to spread America’s pastime to impoverished communities across the globe.
"Getting local organizations to run equipment drives is the key to the success of Pitch In For Baseball," says David Rhode, Pitch In president. "We’re ecstatic that Lucas Eans has stepped up to the plate and is helping us out."
Eans, a member of BSA Troop 3 sponsored by St. Marys United Methodist Church of Beckley, got the inspiration for his project while attending the 2012 Little League World Series, where he saw the first team from Uganda, Africa play.
“The Ugandan team was much less fortunate than us in the United States but you would not know it in terms of attitude and spirit,” Eans said. “Anyone that was able to watch any of the Uganda team games could see why baseball is so important in the lives of children everywhere, helping to build a team spirit and connection with one another.”
When Eans contacted the LLWS office to find out how he could help, he was put in touch with the Pitch In for Baseball organization. He wanted his donations to go anywhere there is a need, either in the United States or other countries. His goal is to furnish uniforms and equipment for 4 teams consisting of 12 players each per team.
Recently, there have been booths set up at Beckley Little League Fields on baseball and tee-ball opening days. There have been several equipment drop-off locations at Sophia Soak Creek Elementary, Mabscott Elementary, St. Francis de Sales. The Place, located behind the United Methodist Temple in Beckley, is currently the only active drop-off location.
If you cannot make it to the drop-off contact Eans at 304-253-8792 for other pickup arrangements. Feel free to leave a message if there is no answer. If you would like to make a monetary donation you can make a check to Lucas Eans and put Eagle Scout Project in the memo line. If your business would like to be a drop-off location please contact Eans.
Pitch In For Baseball is a non-profit organization that began in 2005 with the mission to help kids and make friends all over the world by sharing the great game of baseball. They collect and give youth baseball equipment and other assistance to kids in underserved communities around the globe. The organization believes that baseball is a great way for kids to participate in a fun and healthy activity while learning life lessons like teamwork and sportsmanship. To learn more, visit www.pitchinforbaseball.org.