To help kick off the 22nd season of Junior Giants, Giants fans are invited to support the 22,000 kids who play in one of the 91 leagues by donating to the Junior Giants Glove Drive presented by Bank of America on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at AT&T Park when the Giants face the Braves at 7:05 p.m.
Fans who donate a new or gently used baseball glove or make a $10 donation to the Giants Community Fund will receive a 2014 World Champions pin or a Madison Bumgarner NLCS and World Series MVP pin. Volunteers will be at all AT&T Park gates collecting donations prior to the game and inside the ballpark at the Community Clubhouse on the Promenade Level. Fans who are unable to make the game but still want to participate can donate online through jrgiants.org. In 2014, the Junior Giants Glove Drive raised over $25,000 at the ballpark and received more than 1,100 gloves, which ensured that every child in the program had a glove of his or her own.
Junior Giants, presented by Bank of America, is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund. The Giants Community Fund hosts the Glove Drive to directly benefit Junior Giants by providing needed equipment to enable children throughout Northern California, Oregon and Nevada to play ball during the summer months. Of the 22,000 participating in Junior Giants, more than 12,000 of these youth do not have their own glove. Eighty percent of players who participate in this free, noncompetitive baseball program identify as living in low to moderate income level households.
This year marks the eleventh season that Major League Baseball's Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed up with Major League Baseball Clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and 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 Concord Junior Giants league to purchase new equipment.
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 4,500 volunteer coaches, team parents and commissioners who work to ensure that kids in their communities have the opportunity to play baseball.