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Published On: March 26th, 2020

Eau Claire, Wis. – The Eau Claire Express and the Northwoods League Foundation have announced the participating teams for the ‘Share the Glove’ Baseball Equipment Grant for the 2020 season. The Eau Claire Express is happy to once again partner with the NWL Foundation and provide one local youth baseball team with a set of Rawlings equipment.

What is the grant?

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

  • (1) Set of Catcher’s Gear (helmet, chest protector, shin guards, mitt)
  • (8) Batting Helmets
  • (10) Fielding Gloves (8 right, 2 left)
  • (1) Bucket of Balls
  • (6) Bats (1-28”, 2-29”, 2-30”, 1-31”)

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);
  1. Organization is not an individual, for-profit business, political, or religious organization;
  2. 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 season. The Foundation will make the final determination on the awarding of grants.

To fill out an application, CLICK HERE.

Please send questions to Sammi Costello:

About the NWL Foundation and the Share the Glove Grant:

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 Northwoods league created the Share the Glove Grant as part of their 25th anniversary season in 2018, which awards equipment grants to youth baseball and softball organizations across the 22 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 proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, 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 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.