Create a Legacy - Build a Better Life for One Billion People


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Help provide baseball facilities and after school education programs for at risk youth

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Provide equipment and uniforms for  children in under-served areas in the USA and around the world.

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About Us

The Foundation


The Going to Bat Foundation is a US-based tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for at-risk youth in under-served areas of the US and Africa through baseball, softball and education. Founded by current and former baseball players, the Foundation has expanded its focus from the inner cities of the US to include a collaboration with dedicated individuals and organizations in twenty African Countries. Our amazing team of regulars and part-time volunteers are committed to building a better life for Africa's over one billion inhabitants.

Our History


Founded in 2009 by high school teammates who saw the need to literally level the playing field, providing inclusion and opportunity for all. With the help of business, professional athletes and individuals, we have grown from strength to strength.

Our Mission


The Going to Bat Foundation is charitable organization that works with the business community and professional athletes in the US and internationally, to provide baseball and softball facilities and after school education programs for at risk youth, to provide both opportunities and  viable alternatives to other options.

Board Members

Christina Salcido


Vice President of Mission Operations, Girl Scouts. Strategic nonprofit professional with a demonstrated history of strong leadership skills, effective staff development, project management and organizational and volunteer program capacity building. 

Kieran Lovegrove


African-born Kieran Lovegrove is a Professional Baseball Pitcher - with Baltimore Orioles. Lovegrove was born in South Africa and was the Indians' third-round pick out of Mission Viejo High School in 2012. He represented Africa on Team World in the MLB All Star Futures Game.

Sean Payton


Sean Payton has been coaching baseball for 30 years, 20 of which were with the Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Academy. Along with this experience, Payton brings knowledge of the game which he passes on to the kids through the academic portion of Opportunity Through Baseball

Raymond Salcido L.C.S.W.


Raymond Salcido is a licensed clinical social worker with a thriving private practice in Laguna Hills California. I specialize in helping individuals and families shift from living in a state of constant crisis to living with balance.

Ernand Candalla


Ernand Candalla is a technology professional and long term youth baseball coach. Ernand lives in Laguna Hills, California with his wife Shannon and two sons Cameron and Kyle.

Keith Lovegrove


Twenty years of experience in the technology industry developing strategies for large enterprises in the US and Africa. AI and Emerging Technology Powered CX Specialist. Passionate about Family, Africa, Inclusion, Cricket and Baseball. Lives in Phoenix, AZ


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