Hopefully, this Coronavirus outbreak nightmare will be over sooner than later, and we can enjoy a summer of baseball and softball. In the meantime, area coaches should get their baseball or fast-pitch softball team signed up for a chance to win free equipment.

The Waterloo Bucks have teamed up with the Northwoods League Foundation to provide over $2,000 of value in equipment to an area youth baseball or softball team. The Northwoods League Foundation is donating over $40,000 in youth Rawlings baseball and softball equipment this Spring. The grant included one set of catcher’s gear, ten gloves, eight batting helmets, six bats, and one bucket of practice balls. Eleven baseball grants and eleven softball grants will be awarded in total throughout the NWL’s footprint.

Organizations must meet applicable criteria related to IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines in order to apply for the grant. The Waterloo Bucks are taking applications for the grant until May 5th. The team or organization who is selected to receive the grant will be notified by May 18th. The Bucks will then coordinate to present the award to the recipients on the field during a Bucks game this summer.

The “Share the Glove” Grant Application can be found here. Grant applications may be returned to Bucks general manager Dan Corbin at corbin@waterloobucks.com before the May 5th deadline.

Courtesy - Waterloo Bucks

"Hopefully, all of us can fondly reflect about a time in our childhood playing ball and how fun it was, never fully realizing at the time how much it also positively shaped our character," said Northwoods League Foundation Secretary Gary Hoover in a press release. "The Northwoods League Foundation's Share the Glove initiative directly speaks to making those same memories for children in the communities where the Northwoods League plays. It is a joy to make these grants possible."

The Bucks, still hope to open the 2020 season as scheduled on May 26th, check out their schedule here

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