Through its “Share the Glove” initiative, the Northwoods League Foundation has awarded more than $2000 in baseball or softball equipment to one youth organization in 15 NWL markets.
Rochester, Minn. – With the availability of youth sports varying greatly from state to state and city to city this summer, the Northwoods League Foundation was steadfast in its support of youth baseball and softball activities. In partnership with Rawlings Sporting Goods and local Northwoods League affiliates, 15 youth softball and baseball equipment grants, each valued at more than $2,000, were awarded to youth organizations in Northwoods League communities this summer. Each grant featured a collection of Rawlings equipment, including one set of catcher’s gear, ten gloves, eight batting helmets, six bats and one bucket of practice balls.
The Share the Glove initiative was developed to encourage participation in youth baseball and softball activities throughout the Northwoods League footprint, and was introduced in 2018 as part of the League’s 25th Season Celebration. Continuing this year, Northwoods League affiliates promoted the grant and collected applications from youth organizations in their local markets throughout the Spring and Summer.
“This has been, and continues to be, a challenging year for sports at all levels,” said Tina Coil, Northwoods League Deputy Commissioner. “But despite these challenges, we hold strong to our belief that youth sports participation is a vital component of any community, and we are grateful to be able to support these activities through the work of the Northwoods League Foundation.”
The Northwoods League Foundation proudly recognizes the following organizations as recipients of a 2020 Share the Glove equipment grant (local NWL Affiliate listed in parenthesis)
Mandan Baseball Club (Bismarck Larks)
Duluth 709 Baseball (Duluth Huskies)
Eau Claire American Baseball League (Eau Claire Express)
Campbellsport Athletic Association (Fond du Lac Dock Spiders)
Pulaski Softball Organization (Green Bay Booyah)
South Portage Little League (Kalamazoo Growlers)
Richfield Youth Baseball and Softball Association (Lakeshore Chinooks)
McFarland Youth Softball Association (Madison Mallards)
Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club (Mankato MoonDogs)
Luxemburg Rec Club (St. Cloud Rox)
The Dream Team of Traverse City (Traverse City Pit Spitters)
Heat Baseball Club (Waterloo Bucks)
Benson Community Ed (Willmar Stingers)
Wausau Youth Softball and Baseball (Wisconsin Woodchucks)
Auburndale Softball (Wisconsin Rapids Rafters)
Northwoods League markets that did not have a local grant recipient selected in 2020, will have that grant carried forward and awarded in 2021.
The Northwoods League Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a vehicle to transform a shared passion for baseball into positive change and support for communities. The Mission of the Northwoods League Foundation is to utilize the game of baseball to enrich the quality of life for children and families with an enduring and caring focus on Northwoods League communities.