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Glove drive to benefit Jr. Giants' program

 

The Junior Giants have hit the fields all across Northern California, including in East Palo Alto, and fans can catch their excitement on June 11 by donating a new/gently used baseball glove at AT&T Park when the San Francisco Giants play host to the Cincinnati Reds. These young sluggers need equipment and in return for your generosity, anyone who donates a glove will receive a Brian Wilson or Giants World Champions pin.

Presented by Bank of America, the Glove Drive accepts new and used gloves, as well as donations of $10 or more. The Junior Giants Glove Drive is no small event; it is a simple way to make a Giant difference, whether it's in person or through www.jrgiants.org. Supporters of the Giants Community Fund can also participate through the in-game silent auction at the Community Clubhouse and a postgame live auction with Giants players and wives, featuring unique memorabilia and experience packages for the ultimate fan.

Partnering with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Giants Community Fund hosts the Glove Drive, to directly benefit the Junior Giants by providing needed equipment that enables children throughout Northern California, Oregon and Nevada to play ball during the summer months. There are more than 17,000 youths participating in Junior Giants – roughly 7,400 of them do not have their own glove. In fact, nearly 75 percent of Junior Giants players would not be playing ball at all if they were not able to participate in this free, non-competitive baseball program.

The Junior Giants program 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. An amazingly successful program, more than 2,000 volunteer coaches and commissioners work in 85 leagues throughout inner cities and rural communities in nearly 160 cities.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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