Major League Baseball

Since Major League Baseball® designated BGCA as an official charitable partner in 1997, this robust relationship has given countless youth the chance to realize their dreams both on and off the field.

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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.

2019 World Series

Boys & Girls Club members will deliver the game ball to the mound for each game of the World Series in Houston and DC. 2019-20 National Youth of the Year Sabrina M. is attending Game 4 in DC to participate in PlayBall activities and deliver the game ball that evening. As MLB's charity, Boys & Girls Club youth are given these experiential opportunities, creating memories they will always cherish.

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

Impact on Youth

MLB's Play Ball Initiative offers Clubs access to baseball and softball-related activities, in both formal and casual settings, including T-ball, Pitch Hit & Run, PLAY BALL Fitness, and RBI. Club kids also enjoy 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.

Impact on Clubs

In addition to supporting programs that introduce children to baseball, MLB is also committed to ensuring the continuous improvement for Clubs. MLB and BGCA is currently renovating 30 Boys & Girls Clubs in select markets with updated baseball fields, technology and/or teen centers.

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

Anthony Anderson, with 2018-19 National Youth of the Year Malachi, at the World Series in Los Angeles.

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.

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Impact on Legacy

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.

CC Sabathia and his PitCCh In Foundation, which enriches the lives of inner city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities, hosting 52 Club youth at games for meet and greets, food and the game of course.

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.