Major League Baseball

Kids and baseball – it's a natural fit. That's why the partnership between Major League Baseball® and Boys & Girls Clubs of America is such a winning combination.

Since MLB™ designated BGCA as an official charitable partner in 1997, this highly successful relationship has given countless youth the chance to realize their dreams both on and off the field.

Impact on Kids

Major League Baseball and BGCA work together to provide children and teens with fun, energetic activities to develop fitness and health. MLB’s Play Ball initiative offers Clubs access to structured and entertaining games including T-ball, Pitch Hit and Run, PLAY BALL Fitness, and RBI. Club kids also enjoy thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experiential opportunities to participate in annual MLB events like All-Star Week, post-season games and the World Series from delivering the game ball to the mound, to meeting their heroes on the field.

Boys & Girls Club alum and retired MLB All-Star, Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) with Club kids.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade members with MLB players during MLB All-Star Game.

Impact on Clubs

MLB’s commitment to youth and Boys & Girls Clubs is deep and far-reaching. From high-impact programs that introduce children to baseball, to national campaigns that raise public awareness about the vital youth development services Clubs provide in their communities, the multi-faceted partnership has positively impacted Clubs throughout the nation. Over the next five years, MLB and BGCA will renovate 30 Boys & Girls Clubs in select MLB markets with updated baseball fields, technology and/or teen centers.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grenville Baker teen center renovation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel field renovation ribbon cutting ceremony.

Impact on Mission

Each season, MLB provides Boys & Girls Clubs of America with national exposure by prominently displaying the BGCA logo in stadiums and behind home plates. A nationally televised MLB-produced public service ad campaign, featuring players and Club youth, has generated awareness for the Boys & Girls Club brand valued at more than $20 million. BGCA also benefits from direct and indirect funding generated by Major League Baseball.

A key reason for our partnership's success is the personal connections many big-leaguers have with Boys & Girls Clubs. Club alumni include legends such as Joe DiMaggio, Frank Robinson, Joe Morgan and Brooks Robinson, and extend to stars of today like CC Sabathia, Adam Jones and Jon Jay. Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr. are also active supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs.

MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred addresses Club professionals during the Digital Arts Center renovation dedication at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

2016-17 National Youth of the Year Jocelyn Woods, delivers the game ball during the All-Star game.

For Club Alumni and Supporters

Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni & Friends is a global network of caring, involved individuals who seek to support Clubs, recruit Club alumni to further our cause, and give back to the next generation of Club kids.