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Going to Bat announces merger with Sharing the Sandlot - April 10, 2012
A Grand Slam for the Community - April 2, 2012
New Balance Steps Up for Boys and Girls Club - March 27, 2012
Ethier teams with Going To Bat to help Phoenix high school - March 24, 2012
New Balance Announces Partnership with All-Star Andre Ethier - March 24, 2012
South African Kieran Lovegrove proves an Intriguing Late Bloomer - March 9, 2012
Saving the MLB Draft Factory with the help of Area Code Baseball
Donors create a "Snoball Effect"through microgiving.
ABD Academy Award for Going To Bat Co-Founder
The Going To Bat Foundation, Inc. will team with Sharing The Sandlot
February 29, 2012
Going To Bat Foundation Sharing The Sandlot

The Going To Bat Foundation will team with the Gilbert, AZ based Sharing The Sandlot charity to provide needy Phoenix youth and high school baseball players with baseball equipment and resources.

"It is with great appreciation that Sharing the Sandlot has the opportunity to create possibilities with Going To Bat! This has been a dream of mine for some time now and it seems like the pieces are beginning to fall into place" says Sharing The Sandlot founder Shaun Rico.

Going To Bat's Kyle Candalla said, "Glad to have additional support for our mutual goals. Looking forward to working together on projects in Arizona."

Going To Bat Foundation, Inc starts 2012 with Dugout Duty Calls Award
January 1, 2012

DugoutDutyCalls Dugout Duty Calls 

Selected @goingtobat as my January recipient of the DDC 12-Charities/12-Months #GivingProject Fund. Small amount, but every bit counts.

Dugout Duty Calls: A passion project created by@ChadGQuillopo in Hawaii Sharing baseball stories, curating products and advocating charitable causes. The dugout's calling, answer it. Please support them on Twitter.

Full Circle Sports Management Donate Much Needed Cleats
December 30, 2012
Full Circle Sports Management

Full Circle Sports Management managing partners Larry O' Brien, Kurt Varricchio and Barton Cerioni donated dozens of brand-new cleats to the Going To Bat Foundation.

FSM provide quality of representation to Professional Baseball Players that is unmatched in the industry.  As their name implies, Full Circle strives to guide their players from the beginning of their careers through their retirement and beyond.  Full Circle Sports Management has over 40 years of experience in the industry and has negotiated numerous contracts with Major League clubs. 

This donation was made unsolicited and selflessly, despite the fact that FSM does not represent any of the Going To Bat co-founders.

Area Code Baseball Donates a Ton of Gear
November 11, 2010


The Going to Bat Foundation received a significant donation of much needed equipment and apparel from Area Code Baseball and ESPN High School's Andrew Knepper. Read More>>

Area Code Baseball Donation
Candalla and Lovegrove and Area Code donation

Kieran Lovegrove Signs ASU Letter of Intent
November 9, 2011
Kieran Lovegrove signs ASU Letter of Intent

Going To Bat co-founder Kieran Lovegrove has signed his Letter of Intent committing to play baseball for Arizona State University.

Kieran joins a class of recruits currently ranked 4th in the nation.

Go Sun Devils!

GTB Co-founder commits to ASU - October, 2010

October, 2010 - Going to Bat co-founder Kieran Lovegrove has verbally committed to play baseball for the top-ranked Arizona State University Sun Devils in 2012.

Arizona State University

by Dennis J. Freeman Bulletin Staff Writer

An outfielder shags a couple of fly balls then returns to harsh reality off the field, walking home through gang territory, not sure if he will make it home safely.

Compton Baseball Academy Teams

Sending glove and support to South Africa - August 11, 2010

O.C. teens lead a charitable program, Going to Bat, that donates used baseball gear to a team in an impoverished black township.

Going To Bat Co-Founders
Adam Salcido, left, and Kyle Candalla, right, are two of the founding members of Going To Bat.

Saddleback Coyotes Make Huge Donation - January 9, 2010

Bob and Suzanne Haggerty, principals of the recently disbanded Saddleback Coyotes Baseball Club, a positive, developmental baseball program for boys of advanced ability levels, donated all the club's equipment and apparel to the Going To Bat Foundation. So don't be surprised if you see the much vaunted Coyote logo on the fields of Africa, Mexico or Eastern Europe. The Coyotes produced some of Orange County's most sought after high school prospects. For more information on the Coyotes click here>>
Tijeras Creek Little League Hosts Successful Collection
January 9, 2010 - Tijeras Creek Little League, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, hosted a very successful equipment collection drive at their 2010 try-outs. The Going To Bat Foundation was encouraged by the generosity of the Little League family during these trying economic times.

Co-Founder invited to attend Monterey Showcase
Following a very successful AZ Junior Classic, sophomore and Going To Bat Foundation co-founder Kieran Lovegrove has been invited to attend the Monterey Baseball Showcase, an elite showcase designed for DI and DII college prospects. The Monterey Showcase has been recognized by college coaches and pro baseball scouts as the top showcase on the west coast For more information on the event click here >>

Co-Founder to attend AZ Junior Fall Classic
Going to Bat co-founder Kieran Lovegrove will be participating in the Arizona Junior Fall Classic at the spring training complex of the San Diego Padres in Peoria, AZ October 23 - 25, 2009. This wood bat showcase is the highest recruited underclassman showcase tournament on the West Coast. There will be about 50 college coaches and pro scouts in attendance from all over the United States. Kieran will be playing for the West Coast Team (by Trosky Baseball). For more information on the event click here
CenCal Baseball Supports Going To Bat Foundation
CenCall Baseball's Mike McNeil has pledged to provide The Going To Bat Foundation with a generous donation of equipment.
CENCAL Baseball is a professional group of coaches who have come together and dedicated themselves to training young men who have the desire and determination to bring their game to the next level. They operate out of a 10,000 square feet facility in Oakdale, California with 10 teams.

Mission Viejo team Gives the Shirts off Their Backs

Last summer a baseball from California travelled to Belarus to play in a baseball tournament. The trip was organized by well known umpires Sam Griffiths (Mission Viejo, CA) and Jeff Chapman (Dublin, CA) . They knew that there was a dire need for equipment in that region and he brought along bulging bags of donated gear for each team in the tournament to take back to their local league.

Sam and Jeff's group also handed out caps, gloves and cleats wherever they saw a need.

Belarus Baseball Field
The Belarus team is immensely proud of their field.

"The recipients are so very appreciative of the equipment donations ..... and they treat it like gold. It's pretty amazing to see Southern California jerseys on a team in Europe. Last summer in the Sporto Vilai Cup we played against the "Trabuco Canyon Dodgers" from Vilnius, Lithuania, " says Betsy Gray who accompanied the group to Eastern Europe.

The California players were so moved by gratitude of the Europeans that they gave the team from Belarus the jerseys off their backs at the end of the tournament.

Hand of Friendship
California players (right) hand over their jerseys

And now you can help by simply donating your old baseball gear. It will be greatly appreciated in less privileged parts of the world. Contact Umpire Frank to make arrangements.


An Appeal for Donations of Used Gear

On behalf of all the leagues in District 68 we are asking you to donate any old gear or equipment lying around the garage. These items will be donated to Little League teams from Lithuania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Mexico, etc. Our old gear is always in need and could really make a difference to these kids. The gear can be old bats, gloves, cleats, catchers gear, etc. pretty much anything can be put to use and may be a significant improvement over what they have now. Thanks in advance.

If you have items to donate please contact Umpire Frank to make arrangements.


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