Inner City Youth Baseball & Softball

The Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball program (ICYBS) is the primary recipient of the Whitecaps Community Foundation’s charitable efforts. Since 1995, more than a quarter of a million dollars has been pledged to the program, allowing more than 27,000 children the opportunity to participate in organized baseball and softball. With the help of Fifth Third Bank, the David D. Hunting YMCA, and Meijer, children have had the chance to be a part of a program designed to teach the fundamentals of baseball, sportsmanship, and the positive values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring.

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  • What People Are Saying…

    We are so appreciative of the support the Whitecaps Community Foundation has provided to the Mental Health Foundation over the years! The funds we raise during the sale of 50/50 raffle tickets helps to support our mental health education initiatives. Their staff has always been professional and great to work with!

    —Christy Buck, Executive Director, Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan

  • What People Are Saying…

    The experience that Healing with Hope and Happiness had with the WM Whitecaps’ Community Foundation 50/50 raffle was fantastic. We felt that the mission of our organization, which focuses on bringing happiness to children dealing with a chronic health situation was a great fit with the Whitecaps Community Foundation. We knew that running the raffle at a Whitecaps’ game would be a successful way to raise funds, but our experience during our evening at the 5th/3rd Ballpark was so much more. It turned into a team building activity with some healthy competition and a whole lot of fun interacting with the Whitecaps’ great fans! We met a lot of folks, introduced our organization to new people, raised some pretty easy money and got to award a fan with a nice check. We plan to apply to participate in the program and go back as often as the Whitecaps will have us!

    —Tony Neifert, Healing Hope and Happiness

  • What People Are Saying…

    First Steps Kent’s participation in the Whitecaps Foundation 50/50 raffle has been a welcomed boost for our Diaper Drive! Not only does the 50/50 raffle give us the opportunity to raise funds to purchase clean, disposable diapers for families in need, it also helps us bring more awareness to our community about “diaper need” and how everyone can get involved.

    —Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County

  • What People Are Saying…

    Thank you to the Whitecaps Community Foundation for this opportunity to coach these awesome athletes. I feel truly blessed after coaching and cheering these kids on, and can’t wait to coach again in the future!

    —Coach Alan Driscoll

  • What People Are Saying…

    I decided to have my students participate in the West Michigan Whitecaps Reading Club last year. I chose this program because it sounded like a great incentive for my students. The Whitecaps made the program so easy to use and helped me by engaging my students with a rewarding incentive. One thing that really stood out to me was how simple they made this program for educators. I found this experience wonderful for my students. I would recommend the Whitecaps Reading Club to teachers who are looking for a great way to motivate their students to read! This program allowed my students to practice reading nightly all while earning a fun baseball game to go to as their reward.

    —Kelly Kenney, Hope Middle School

  • What People Are Saying…

    We have a very limited budget for extra frills and are very thankful for this program. Our residents are mostly wheelchair bound and we appreciate the accommodations of Fifth Third Ballpark to help all of them see the game. Without the kindness of our West Michigan neighbors and the Whitecaps, many of our residents may never experience something like what the Whitecaps offer.

    —Chuck Bedinger, David’s House Ministries

  • What People Are Saying…

    It’s amazing that our kids can get training from future Detroit Tigers all while helping a good cause!

    —Parent of youth clinic participant

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No cost to participate and no child is turned away within the inner cities.

27,000

Number of children who have participated in our Inner City Youth Baseball & Softball program since 1995.

9,600

Post-game meals donated in 2016.