Kieran Lovegrove, USA Baseball alumnus and co-founder of the Going to Bat Foundation (www.goingtobat.org), reached out to the USA Baseball program to initiate a Friendship Program on behalf of the African teams in the 15U World Cup. With the withdrawal of Tunisia, Kieran's native South Africa is the only remaining African representative).
The USA 15U Baseball team participating in the 15U Baseball World Cup has embraced the "Balls for Africa" campaign and has generously agreed to donate all their competition baseballs used in the event to the South Africa team to be used in the development program back home.
Our thanks go out to to USA baseball with special thanks to Brooks Webb, Cody Wilcoxson and Lindsay Robertson for going to bat for African baseball
About USA Baseball
Since 1978 USA Baseball has been the national governing body for amateur baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and internationally as a member federation of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).
Nearly every major national amateur baseball organization in America is united as a USA Baseball national member organization. As a result, USA Baseball governs more than 12 million amateur players in ballparks and playgrounds across the country.
The passion to further the careers and dreams of young athletes was the driving force behind Mike Spier's will to seek out opportunities for them. He was very instrumental in the baseball development of all three Going to Bat Foundation co-founders.
The Mike Spiers Foundation and Moffatt Athletic Charity 501(c)(3) provide the funding needed for many athletes to attend necessary college recruiting events. We also provide equipment, crucial educational materials, academic services, and scholarship funds for the student-athlete that has furthered their education and competition level to the college level. >> More Information
Baseballs For Africa!
We are collecting new baseballs to ship to programs in Africa. Any assistance you can provide with balls or shipping would be greatly appreciated. The enthusiasm for our favorite game is exploding but obtaining game balls is not as simple as walking into the local corner sports store. We can help! Contact Us!
Kyle Candalla is All Tournament Pick in World Champs!
Co-founder Kyle Candalla applies a tag
Going to Bat Foundation Co-Founder Kyle Candalla was selected to the All Tournament Teams from the 2012 WWBA World Championship, which was held Oct. 25-29 at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida. Kyle sparkled in the event with a batting average of .444. Great job Kyle! Read More
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Kieran Lovegrove finds out that his foundation will get some unexpected help from New Balance while attending the MLB Symposium at the Area Code Baseball Games.
Photo By: SCOTT KURTZ
Ever since Kieran Lovegrove from Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) has been a tyke, he’s had a bat in his hand.
Today, the up-and-coming senior has become a pitcher who will appear in this week's Area Code Games. But the pitches Lovegrove makes are often more important when he's making them for a non-profit organization he co-founded that delivers baseball equipment to children in need throughout the world. More>>
Playing Baseball Between a Rock and a Hard Place
The Story of the Philippi Angels Township Baseball Academy
Among the old mattresses, broken bottles, and half-buried stones in a drainage basin near the train station, boys from the Xhosa tribe play baseball. These are the Philippi Angels and they will play every week until the rainy season. Because the drainage is mostly rock, it fills with water in the lightest rain and takes weeks of sun to dry out. Read More>>
"You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others." - Henry Drummond