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Weber Student Organizes Drive For Gently Used Baseball Equipment

The initiative aims to make baseball accessible to all.

Josh White, a , is an 8th grader with a mission. His goal is to make baseball accessible to anyone who wants to play, regardless of equipment requirements. 

That's why White is letting the community know that the gloves, bats and other baseball equipment that are sitting in a closet or garage right now can open a whole world of opportunities for kids in need. As he gears up to celebrate his upcoming bar mitzvah at , White is collecting new or gently-used youth baseball equipment.

It's his way of connecting his love of baseball and a quest to help other kids. Even when kids face troubles, he said, "they could enjoy" baseball.

White will donate the equipment collected to Pitch In For Baseball, a not-for-profit organization that distributes baseball equipment to children in need, both in the United States and internationally.

To donate, bring items to and  and at Temple Beth Israel, through the first week of November.

Items needed include: fielding gloves, youth bats, catcher's mitts and protective gear, batting helmets, baseballs and softballs, soft cover balls for T-ball, rubber baseball cleats, youth uniform pants (sets of 12, or more, if not white or gray), youth uniform shirts and hats (sets of 12, or more), umpire protective gear, team equipment bags, sets of bases, batting tees, and pitching machines.

White has played baseball with and at Weber. He will also be donating funds to PYA for youth scholarships.

For additional information about this drive, please contact joshsmitzvah@yahoo.com or (516) 944-7794.

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