(San Francisco, CA, June 2, 2012) -- The 19th season of Junior Giants baseball will begin this summer in 176 cities and communities throughout northern California, into Oregon and Nevada. Fans are invited to support the 20,000 kids who play in one of the 85 leagues by supporting the Junior Giants Glove Drive on Saturday, June 2, at AT&T Park when the Giants face the Cubs at 4:15 p.m.
Fans who donate a new or gently used baseball glove or make a $10 donation to Junior Giants will receive a Brian Wilson Gnome Pin or commemorative Giants vs. Cubs pin. Volunteers will be at all AT&T Park gates collecting donations prior to game and inside the ballpark at the Community Clubhouse on the Promenade Level. Fans can also donate online through www.jrgiants.org. In 2011, the Junior Giants Glove Drive raised $140,000 and more than 2,300gloves were collected which ensured that every child in the program had a glove of his or her own.
Junior Giants, presented by Bank of America, is a program of the Giants Community Fund and also receives support from Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Partnering with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Giants Community Fund hosts the Glove Drive, to directly benefit the Junior Giants by providing needed equipment that enables children throughout northern California, Oregon and Nevada to play ball during the summer months. Of the 20,000 participating in Junior Giants, more than 9,000 of these youth do not have their own glove. Nearly 75 percent of Junior Giants players would not be playing ball at all if they were not able to participate in this free, non-competitive baseball program.
This year marks the eight season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball Clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs. In conjunction with the Junior Giants Glove Drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will award a $5,000 grant to the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunter’s Point to enable the club to purchase new equipment for its Junior Giants league.
Junior Giants uses baseball as a forum to teach kids about confidence, integrity, leadership and teamwork, enabling them to make informed and productive decisions within their lives. There are more than 2,560 volunteer coaches and commissioners who work to ensure that kids in their communities have the opportunity to play baseball.