T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant Program says “Play Ball!,” pledging to donate $5,000 for every home run hit during the Major League Baseball postseason. The lucky recipients will be Little League organizations across the United States and participants who need help with registration fees. Fans can also help out, reports Yahoo Finance, by texting “LittleLeague” to 313131. Each text received will earn another $1 for the texter’s local Little League. Those extra texts could add up to an additional $1 million for young baseball players.
“T-Mobile shares our belief that all children should have the chance to have a Little League baseball or softball experience, regardless of their family financial situation. The support of T-Mobile has been critical in giving children the ability to participate and enjoy playing Little League in their community,” said Little League President/CEO, Stephen Keener. “The unprecedented challenges our leagues, families, and volunteers have faced this year have made the need for this program, and financial support for families in need, greater than ever before, and we are thankful to T-Mobile for helping our Little Leaguers get back to the field.”
In addition to registration fees, T-Mobile has committed additional funds to refurbish fields, and to supply or replace equipment. Struggling teams could receive bats and balls for the individual players, as well as equipment to support the entire team. “Last season, we gave close to 5,000 kids the chance to play the game they love,” said T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert, “many for the first time ever, and we’re just getting started!”
“As a president from a rural community and an underfunded area, I can’t thank T-Mobile enough. This program has personally touched many families in our area,” said Eric Jones, President of Roselawn Little League in Indiana. “We expect plenty more to benefit thanks to these donations. It’s an incredible program, and on behalf of our entire community, we are truly thankful.”
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