CharityMinor League Baseball and its membership celebrate a long history of supporting charitable organizations. Collectively, Minor League Baseball teams and leagues donate more than $9 million annually in cash and gifts-in-kind to local charitable organizations and national charity partners. Support and participation in charities has helped The Minor Leagues establish a strong presence and active role in communities across the United States and Canada. In addition to extensive local support by Minor League Baseball teams, two national initiatives help extend our reach.
Minor League Baseball Charities is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving back to and enhancing the communities our teams call home. Through donations and support it receives from fans, teams and partners, MiLB Charities is able to contribute to local organizations in times of need and support causes that are important to our extended baseball family. Minor League Baseball Charities is affiliated with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.
The mission of Minor League Baseball Charities is to give back and to enhance communities that have supported our Member Clubs for over 100 years. When hardship strikes one of our member cities and surrounding communities we will be there to provide a positive example that will impact the communities we live and work in. Minor League Baseball Charities will set an example by working with established charities for the greater good and by identifying worthy causes for support through the central office along with the aid of our Member Clubs.
MiLB Charities in Action
Minor League Baseball Charities is active year-round supporting on-going initiatives and responding to emergent situations that develop through natural disasters or tragedies. Here are a few recent activities of MiLB Charities:
MiLB Charities sponsored the inaugural Minor League Baseball Youth Leadership Academy July 26-31, 2011, at Vero Beach Sports Village. The aim of the Academy is to enhance and enrich the participants' academic achievements and expose youths from underserved communities to life skills training, positive peer development, career opportunities, personal development and health and wellness. It not only promotes their future through individual growth, but also builds their résumé and provides exposure to experiences encouraged for college entrance. Participating MiLB teams worked with local community organizations such as the Police Athletic League and Big Brothers Big Sisters to select youths, ages 13-15, to attend the Academy, at no cost to participants.
Annually, MiLB Charities partners with Baseball Chapel to coordinate a service project in the city hosting the Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar. Volunteers consist of MiLB staff members, club personnel and spouses, Baseball Chapel representatives and exhibitors. In 2011 attendees will be teaming up with the Grand Strand Miracle League in Myrtle Beach, SC, to assist with repairs, maintenance and landscaping to ready the facility for its upcoming season. In 2010 and 2009, participants teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build houses in Las Vegas, NV, and New Orleans, LA, respectively. MiLB Charities also makes a cash donation to the local charitable organization.
Long Ball Program
MiLB Charities supports a baseball program for inner-city youth ages 13-18 in Durham, NC. Participants are required to maintain a certain GPA to participate as well as attend life skills programs. Tutoring sessions are provided for players requiring additional help with their academics. The Long Ball Program plays the majority of their games at Durham Athletic Park.
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If you are interested in supporting MiLB Charities, please click here to donate online. We would like to offer a special thank you to our corporate donors:
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The mission of the Minor League Baseball Charity Partners Program is to provide national exposure for participating charities, expand current relationships between clubs and local chapters and to foster new relationships where none exist. The ALS Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters have been with the Minor League Baseball Charity Partners Program since its inception in 2004. Special Olympics joined the program the following year, and in 2009 Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure was designated a Homegrown Charity Partner, a special designation for programs that, in large part, have their roots traceable to Minor League Baseball.
To learn more about each of these valued partners, click on their logos below.