YMCA Inner City Youth Baseball/Softball
For over 17 years, the Inner City Youth Baseball/Softball program has been providing kids with a high quality summer baseball/softball experience right in their own neighborhoods. Through a partnership with the West Michigan Whitecaps and Fifth Third Bank, the program has grown from just a few hundred kids to an average of 1,600 boys and girls each summer.
This exciting community based program, impacts the lives of kids and families in so many ways:
- Strengthening Families: Parents are recruited to be volunteer coaches
- Positive Role Models: Teams are coached by volunteers who put an emphasis on learning skills and having a positive attitude, with a focus on good sportsmanship.
- Building Character: The program teaches the kids to learn the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusion.
Give a Glove Campaign
The Give a Glove Campaign grew out of this program as many kids were unable to afford gloves. Each year the community generously donates new or gently used YOUTH sized baseball glove. During the campaign, gloves are dropped of at any West Michigan Fifth Third Bank branch in Kent and Ottawa county, Fifth Third Ballpark, at all Y branch locations.