The Masons of California are coming out swinging for youth in our communities!
California Masons Make a Difference
Every baseball season, the Masons of California partner with Angels Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball (MLB) teams to bring the fun and teambuilding skills of baseball to more California kids. MLB foundations in each region are committed to serving the community and providing a positive outlet for children. Throughout the season, teams of Masonic lodges in each region face off in friendly competition to help the most kids they can, by purchasing baseball mitts for children who participate in programs through the MLB foundations. At the end of the campaign in the fall, our grand master will present a check to each of our four MLB partners.
In Northern California, we support the Giants Community Fund and the Junior Giants. The Giants Community Fund uses baseball and softball to promote health, education, and character development to propel youth in underserved regions to be positive forces in their communities. The 2021 Junior Giants programming schedule includes:
Spring Training – A new virtual Spring Training program consisting of sequenced, age-specific, online content and weekly live conditioning sessions held by AmeriCorps Associates to prepare participants for the Junior Giants and Junior Giants at Home seasons. The Spring Training program will take place from April 12 to May 7. To learn more, click here.
Giants on the Go – Only 24% of kids ages 6 to 17 engage in the CDC-recommended hour of activity per day, down from 30% one decade earlier. Giants on the Go encourages kids to participate in movement of all kinds with the goal of reaching 60 minutes of activity each day. Whether following along with one of the provided workouts or completing exercise on their own, kids track their Movement Minutes. Giants on the Go can be accessed on the Junior Giants App or Digital Dugout. The mission is to inspire young people everywhere and make physical activity fun and engaging for everyone – one child, one family, one team at a time. The mobile application will be available for participants beginning mid-April. To learn more, click here.
Junior Giants at Home – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Giants Community Fund converted the Junior Giants program into a virtual format called Junior Giants at Home. The program was a tremendous success in 2020, welcoming over 12,300 players from more than 490 cities and four countries. The Giants Community Fund is bringing the Junior Giants at Home program back for the 2021 season, inviting players to join a six-week virtual season that will provide youth, ages 5-18, the opportunity to connect with other local players through live, video-based baseball and softball practices led by Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassadors. The 2021 program will feature two seasons, with season one taking place from May 24 to July 3, and season two taking place from July 12 to August 22. To learn more, click here.
Junior Giants on the Field – The flagship program of the Giants Community Fund is a free, noncompetitive baseball and softball program for boys and girls, ages 5-18 years old, across 88 leagues in underserved communities. Beyond teaching the fundamentals of the game, Junior Giants focuses on the Four Bases of Character Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork, and offers programs in Health, Education and Bullying Prevention. The 2021 Junior Giants on the Field program will take place from mid-June to early August. To learn more, click here.
School-Based Programs – Projected to begin in September 2021, the Giants Community Fund plans to provide Junior Giants-based curriculum to physical education teachers within the Bay Area, and will also explore incorporating after-school options for recreational play.
To learn more about the Giants Community Fund, visit mlb.com/giants/community/fund and follow us on Facebook: Giants Community Fund, Twitter: @giantscommunity, Instagram: @giantscommunityfund and LinkedIn: Giants Community Fund.
In Los Angeles, we support the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) Dodgers RBI program, a youth development program that uses sport as a vehicle to provide critical resources and services to communities who are experiencing social injustices. Through social and emotional learning, LADF provides the tools for youth to thrive in the classroom, on the field, and in their future endeavors. The program is engaging the most important people in a successful child’s life – a strong adult figure who can support and mentor them. Whether it’s parents, guardians, tutors or coaches, the programming provides adults the resources they need to be better supporters of our future leaders.
More than 10,000 young Angelenos participate annually in Dodgers RBI, with locations throughout Los Angeles County. Registration for the program is free and players receive uniforms, gloves, equipment, health and educational resources, and more. This year the program will feature virtual and in person programming with in person programming starting in June 2021.
Dodgers RBI Spring Training (February to May 2021) – Features parent and coaches meetings, virtual programming, and in-person practices
Dodgers RBI Summer Season (June to September 2021) – Includes in-person games and practices, drive-thru events, virtual and in-person programming
Dodgers RBI Fall Season (October to December 2021) – Includes virtual programming, focus groups, and additional special opportunities
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. Glove donated through the Masons-4-Mitts campaign ensures that our participants from Boys & Girls Clubs, and other youth development agencies, have a piece of the game to call their own (often for the very first time) and enhances their opportunity to experience the game and be a kid. For more details on the Angels RBI League, please visit Angels.com/rbi.