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Tee ball expands in Strawberry Mansion

Baseball is a great pastime but to some children, from as far away as Nicaragua to as close as our own city of Philadelphia, finding access to a bat and ball is nearly immpossible. Pitch In For Baseball, a non-profit committed to spreading baseball through equipment donations gives children a chance to get in the game. Started in 2005 by founder and Executive Director David Rhode, PIFB has recently donated its 100,000th piece of equipment and with it has brought back sportsmanship and teamwork to more than 250 communities in the United States and 65 countries around the world from Iraq to Philadelphia said Angela C. Marcantonini, program director of Pitch In For Baseball. Tomorrow, Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion Athletic Association will open the doors to a large expansion of the Strawberry Mansion Tee Ball program. The expansion was made possible because of donations from PIFB. Marcantonini said it is amazing to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the children, some of whom are picking up a ball or bat for the first time. “With budget cuts everywhere, we provide equipment to the schools and teams where they simply cannot afford to buy it,” said. PIFB has also provided baseball equipment to five Philadelphia High Schools--University City, Mastbaum, Olney West, Bok Tech and South Philadelphia, board member of PIFB Arthur Pincus said. Elisa Lala

Tee ball expands in Strawberry Mansion

Baseball is a great pastime but to some children, from as far away as Nicaragua to as close as our own city of Philadelphia, finding access to a bat and ball is nearly immpossible.
Pitch In For Baseball, a non-profit committed to spreading baseball through equipment donations gives children a chance to get in the game.
Started in 2005 by founder and Executive Director David Rhode, PIFB has recently donated its 100,000th piece of equipment and with it has brought back sportsmanship and teamwork to more than 250 communities in the United States and 65 countries around the world from Iraq to Philadelphia said Angela C. Marcantonini, program director of Pitch In For Baseball.
Tomorrow, Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion Athletic Association will open the doors to a large expansion of the Strawberry Mansion Tee Ball program. The expansion was made possible because of donations from PIFB.
Marcantonini said it is amazing to see the smiles and excitement on the faces of the children, some of whom are picking up a ball or bat for the first time.
“With budget cuts everywhere, we provide equipment to the schools and teams where they simply cannot afford to buy it,” said.
PIFB has also provided baseball equipment to five Philadelphia High Schools--University City, Mastbaum, Olney West, Bok Tech and South Philadelphia, board member of PIFB Arthur Pincus said.
                                                             Elisa Lala

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