Pro Players and Scouts Donate Baseball Equipment to Irish Youth Baseball Programs
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Contact: John Fitzgerald, Baseball United Foundation
(914) 468-3108, BaseballUnitedFoundation@gmail.com
New York, NY, Dec. 6, 2013 — The Baseball Miracles group – led by Chicago White Sox scout John Tumminia and former MLB pitcher Rob Bell – is shipping over 1,000 lbs of donated baseball equipment to kids in Ireland.
Baseball has been played in Dublin since the mid-1990s. Today, over 500 youth and adult players participate in the sport throughout Ireland.
“Sometimes, we Americans take baseball for granted,” explained Tumminia. “Kids are playing the game all over the world, but it isn’t always easy for them to find and purchase the necessary equipment. Kids need bats, balls, gloves and protective equipment in order to play the game and that’s what we are providing, thanks to many generous donations from baseball fans across this country.”
In addition to the gift of equipment, the Baseball Miracles group will hold baseball clinics in Limerick and Dublin for players of all ages and skill levels. As part of the event, each participant will receive their own personalized baseball card. The clinic in Limerick will take place on January 18, 2014. The Dublin clinic will take place the following day. The project is being coordinated with the help of the New York-based Baseball United Foundation.
“The importance of this trip to the development of baseball in Ireland cannot be understated,” explained Baseball United Foundation founder John Fitzgerald. “Kids are going to receive much-needed baseball equipment and professional baseball instruction. The positive impact of the Baseball Miracles trip to Ireland will be felt for years to come.”
Donations are being sought to help defer the travel cost of the instructors, as well as the cost of shipping donated equipment overseas. Donations can be made at BaseballUnitedFoundation.org.
About the Baseball United Foundation
The Baseball United Foundation is a 501c3 organization based in New York. The foundation is primarily focused on helping grow the game of baseball in places where the game is relatively new. In addition, the foundation recently raised over $20,000 to help families rebuild in Monmouth County, New Jersey, following Super Storm Sandy. For more information on The Baseball United Foundation, please visit www.BaseballUnitedFoundation.org.
About Baseball Miracles
Baseball Miracles is a group of baseball players, coaches and scouts who hold instructional baseball clinics in areas where baseball is not traditionally played. For more information, visit www.BaseballMiracles.org