California Youth needs our support now more than ever!
Stop the Slide!
In baseball, the slide is a key—and exciting—part of the game. Not so much when it comes to childhood education!
This year, as California students confront an unprecedented disruption to all aspects of their lives, Masons4Mitts is focused on minimizing the effects of a “COVID slide.” Research shows that for many students, academic achievement slows or even declines over the summer months, referred to as the “summer slide.” And with the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, there’s fear that a one-two punch of the rapid change to distance learning and normal summer losses will have far-reaching effects on the most at-risk students.
That’s why this season, Masons4Mitts is proud to introduce the Super Summer Book Bag: A one-stop goodie bag filled with expertly vetted and age-appropriate reading and math material, compiled by the literacy experts at the national nonprofit Raising A Reader. These bags will be distributed through our Major League Baseball partners to kids throughout the state—all in addition to the classic leather baseball mitts that have defined Masons4Mitts for so long.
This summer, let’s rally together for California youth! Give today and help us support the kids.
In an effort to keep youth connected during times of isolation, the Giants Community Fund has launched Junior Giants at Home! Three 4-week, virtual seasons that offer youth ages 5-18 the opportunity to stay connected and active through live, online practices hosted twice a week. Junior Giants will learn the fundamentals of the game, be introduced to important lessons in health, education and character development and have access to exclusive training videos from Gabe Kapler and the San Francisco Giants coaching staff. For more details, please visit jrgiantsathome.org.
In Los Angeles, we support the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Dodgers RBI, a sports-based youth development program for ages 5-18 that uses baseball and softball participation to provide kids life-changing social and emotional learning and access to health care and educational opportunities. More than 10,000 young Angelenos participate annually in Dodgers RBI, joining over 900 teams that play throughout Los Angeles County. Dodgers RBI players receive free uniforms, gloves, equipment, health, and educational resources.
The Dodger RBI season has been adjusted in light of COVID-19 and, until it is safe to gather and play again, it will feature virtual fitness and nutrition activities and videos, youth baseball and softball instructional videos, coaches training, parent sessions, college workshops, health and wellness resources, and more. Registration remains open so that families can access all activities and updates. LADF remains committed and is also working to issue gloves and equipment to youth so that they can play and practice at home!
Over the years, youth sports have become increasingly reserved for the elite, with household income becoming a key indicator for youth sports participation. The economic effects of COVID-19 will, unfortunately, worsen the equity gap for access to sport. It will be up to LADF and its committed partners to make sure that every family, no matter their economic situation, will have access to sport and the developmental benefits of participation.
To learn more about the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the Dodgers RBI program, please visit www.Dodgers.com/LADF.
In San Diego, we are supporting the Padres Foundation RBI/JR RBI programs, which provides children that live in at-risk communities an outlet to thrive through baseball and teamwork. This free, non-competitive baseball program serves boys and girls from 5-18 throughout the region. The Padres Foundation furnishes leagues with everything they need including jerseys, hats, baseball equipment, and tickets to select Padres games.
In Orange County, we support the Angels RBI League. This free program inspires and enables all young people, especially those from underserved communities, the opportunity to learn, play, and experience the games of baseball and softball in a friendly and supportive environment that fosters life skills and character development. The Angels RBI League, provides equipment, facilities, instruction and unique life experiences in an effort to produce positive and productive major league citizens. For more details, please visit Angels.com/rbi