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Published On: February 19th, 2019


Eau Claire, Wis. – The Eau Claire Express and the Northwoods League Foundation are happy to announce the continuation of the Share the Glove Program for the 2019 season. The Northwoods league created the Share the Glove Grant as part of their 25th anniversary season a year ago which awards equipment grants, with an approximate value of $2,500, to youth baseball and softball organizations across the 22 Northwoods League communities. Applications available: HERE

What is the grant?

The grant is a standardized set of Rawlings equipment, sized for youth ages 9-12. Each grant includes:

Softball Grant (2) Sets of Catcher’s Gear – (helmet, chest protector, shin guards, mitt) (helmet, chest protector, shin guards, mitt)

  • (8) Batting helmets
  • (10) Fielding gloves (8 right, 2 left)
  • (1) Bucket of practice softballs
  • (6) Bats (1-27”, 2-28”, 2-29”, 1-30”)

Who is eligible to receive the grant?

The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to receive the grant:

  1.  Organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3) organization, school or school-based program, or community-based organization as defined under US IRC section 501(c)(3);
  2. Organization is not an individual, for-profit business, political, or religious organization;
  3.  Organization provides opportunities for kids ages 9-12 to play baseball or softball within a community that is served by a Northwoods League affiliate.


Applications will be accepted until March 31st and the grant recipients will be notified prior to the start of the 2018 season.

Applications can be found: HERE. Please send questions to Chris Langlois:


The Northwoods League Foundation (“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.

*The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIL).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.