For my mitzvah project, I chose to raise funds for much-needed baseball equipment for kids in Israel, which I will personally deliver when I am there in March for my Bar-Mitzvah! Please donate to my mitzvah project and give kids in Israel the opportunity to play baseball!
Baseball has played such an important role in my life. From age 6, all the way up to now, I have enjoyed baseball and all it has to offer. Baseball brings me joy, the way it does with many other people. I chose this mitzvah project because Israeli kids don’t have access to equipment to play baseball, things I was lucky enough to have growing up. In Israel, baseball equipment is not readily available and if it is available on occasion, it is extremely expensive. Without the equipment I had while playing little league, travel, or even Union Fall Ball, I would never be as passionate about baseball as I am today.
The first baseball field in Israel was built in 1979. Now, there are over 1,200 players in 16 centers and 80 teams. However, many kids lack gloves, bats, or helmets, therefore making them unable to play. Personally, I think it’s horrible for kids to not even get an opportunity to play. When I was 6 years old, my friend Jasper and his dad convinced me to try baseball, maybe give it a shot. After a couple of games of tee-ball, I fell in love with the game. It’s heartbreaking for me to know that kids might not even get a chance to give baseball a shot.
In the 2020 summer Olympics, baseball will be brought back and be played by 6 countries, and Israel will be one of them. I feel like this shows how much baseball has grown in Israel, and now we can contribute to making it grow even more, something I would be so proud to do.
ABOUT PIFBS: Founded in 2005, Pitch In For Baseball & Softball believes that baseball and softball are effective tools for youth development. Not only do they give kids a chance to be a kid and play, but it also helps to create healthy communities, break down barriers, and instill valuable life lessons. PIFBS aims to reduce barriers to play and bring communities together by collecting and redistributing much needed baseball/softball equipment to groups serving under-resourced children. Since 2005, PIFBS has donated more than $9 million in equipment to help 800,000 kids play ball in every state and 100 countries worldwide.
Each year, PIFBS works to get much needed equipment to Israel.