In 2014, BaseBalls 4 a Better Community was founded by Connor Bailo, a 14 year old from Trumbull, CT, with the intention of improving the lives of underprivileged kids who love the game of baseball.
BaseBalls 4 a Better Community is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization that supplies baseballs to children who cannot afford them, enabling them to play America’s national pastime.
How it came to be:
As a child, I, Connor Bailo, was fortunate enough to be able to buy new equipment when necessary. However, after a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, it came to my attention that not everybody was as lucky.
Along with teams from the United States, there were many international teams at the event. However, some players on these international teams lacked basic equipment such as mitts and cleats. After news spread about the players’ lack of equipment, there was an outpouring of support and soon equipment was being donated from all over the world. While sitting in the stands with my father, I was thinking about how to help kids like these, when it hit me… BASEBALLS!
While many people are willing to donate bats, gloves, and cleats, that type of equipment can all be outgrown quickly. Not many people donate baseballs. Baseballs are the essential piece of the game, that can never be outgrown, and even last a lifetime.
Starting out when I was in T-ball, my father and I would always play catch whenever we got a chance. These moments made memories that I still cherish to this day. What I want to do, is to give every kid the same type of memories I have of playing catch with a loved one, by giving them their very own baseball.
BaseBalls 4 a Better Community collects new and slightly worn baseballs as well as financial donations to help purchase baseballs. My goal is to collect 1,000,000 baseballs in order to make children’s dream of playing baseball, the game we all love, come true.