Chinooks & NWL Foundation Announce “Share the Glove” Grant


Grafton, WI – The Lakeshore Chinooks along with the Northwoods League Foundation are proud to announce the Share the Glove Program. As a part of the league’s 25th season celebration, the foundation will be awarding 20 equipment grants, each with an approximate retail value of $2,500, to youth baseball and softball organizations across the 20 communities in which a Northwoods League affiliate currently operates.

The grants will be divided up by (10) baseball grants being awarded through the North Division markets, while the South Division markets will be responsible for (10) softball grants which means the Chinooks will be giving out a softball grant. Organizations must meet applicable criteria related to IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines and the Northwoods League Foundation’s mission.

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

  • 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)
  • Organization is not an individual, for-profit business, political, or religious organization
  • Organization provides opportunities for kids ages 9-12 to play baseball or softball within a community that is served by a Northwoods League affiliate

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

  • (2) Sets of Catcher’s Gear (Helmet, Chest Protector, Shin Guards, Mitt)
  • (8) Batting Helmets
  • (10) Fielding Gloves (8 Right Handed, 2 Left Handed)
  • (1) Bucket of Practice Softballs
  • (6) Bats (27 inches to 30 inches)

Qualifying youth softball organizations within the surrounding communities of Kapco Park must complete and submit the grant application by March 31st to be considered.  The grant application can be found HERE.  Completed applications can be e-mailed to or dropped off at the Lakeshore Chinooks Office (983 Badger Circle Grafton, WI 53024). If you have any questions regarding the grant, feel free to call our office at 262-618-4659.

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.

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

The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, more than 185 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 (TOR).  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 Chinooks as your favorite team.