Ridgefield High School student creates baseball equipment drive to help underprivileged kids

Got used baseball equipment? There's a drive going around town for you to donate.
Got used baseball equipment? There's a drive going around town for you to donate.

Will Carbonari, a rising junior at Ridgefield High School, has created a baseball equipment drive to benefit children who do not have the means to purchase equipment to play the sport.

Will is collecting used bats, gloves, helmets, baseballs, catcher’s gear and cleats for a non-profit organization called Pitch in For Baseball whose mission is to collect used baseball equipment and give it to underprivileged children who cannot afford to purchase gear.

Will contacted several local Ridgefield businesses asking for their help to use their locations as drop off points to support this cause.  

Will’s equipment drive will run during the following two weekends in August with the drop off locations listed below:

Dates of equipment drive:

  •         Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..

  •         Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drop Off Locations:

  •         Tiger Sports – 27 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield

  •         Prime Burger – 449 Main Street, Ridgefield

  •         Prime Taco – 32 Danbury Road, Ridgefield

  •         Fitzgerald Field – 10 South Shore Drive, Ridgefield

As a kid growing up in Ridgefield playing Little League baseball, the sport has been very important to Will and his family.  It’s a sport he loves that taught him a great deal, especially the value of teamwork. Will knows how important baseball is in the lives of so many children within and outside of the United States. For example, when Will saw the devastation that Puerto Rico experienced last fall from Hurricane Maria, he was struck by the need the island had to get baseball back up and running as an essential activity for the physical and mental health of its communities. Pitch In For Baseball has been and continues to play a significant role in rebuilding the strength of Little League in Puerto Rico, among the many other locations it supports throughout the world. Teaming up with Pitch In For Baseball is a natural fit for Will as he figured that if he had outgrown baseball equipment as a kid, other families in town were experiencing the same thing.

“Our mission is to ensure that a lack of baseball equipment never stops anyone from playing baseball,” said Roy Smalley III, former MLB All-Star and President of Pitch In For Baseball. “Pitch In For Baseball and I share a passion for kids who want to play ball, and thanks to the help of so many people who make financial contributions or donate their used equipment, we can help kids all across the world play ball.”

Pitch In For Baseball® (PIFB) is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that provides new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to boys and girls in the United States and around the world who want to play ball but lack the equipment to do so. PIFB helps to reduce barriers to play by providing equipment grants directly to leagues, schools, and organizations around the world to start, continue, and/or expand their youth baseball programs. PIFB has distributed equipment and uniforms to more than 80 countries worldwide and more than 450 communities around the United States impacting over 400,000 children in need. For more information, visit www.pifb.org.