Baseball For Life
 
 

Our Mission:

Enhancing

the lives of young people through a mentoring program that reinforces positive behavior and develops life skills through baseball.

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Our Story

The brainchild of St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt and longtime Charlotte Country Day baseball Coach Ed Walton – Baseball For Life is an organization focused on harnessing the collective breadth of the baseball community to enhance the lives of young people.  Our mission statement captures the essence of the organization’s goal.

 

MENTORING PROGRAM

The Baseball for Life Mentor Program is designed to instill the core values of service, stewardship, leadership, and ownership in young men through interactions with Baseball for Life leaders and peer models during baseball and non-baseball focused activities. 
 

FIELD ASSISTANCE

We are lucky to partner with some amazing members of the community that allow us to assist other organization with field maintenance / rebuild needs.

SUMMER CAMP

Each summer Baseball For Life organizes and runs a FREE 4-Day Summer Camp. It is instructed by area High School coaches and help led by members of the peer model program in Baseball For Life.
 

HOT STOVE TALKS

Baseball For Life is proud to bring the Charlotte baseball community each off season. We bring in some of the best people in the game to an informal talk benefiting all levels of baseball coaches.

 
 
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Mentoring Program.

The Baseball for Life Mentor Program is designed to instill the core values of service, stewardship, leadership, and ownership in young men through interactions with Baseball for Life leaders and peer models during baseball and non-baseball focused activities. The program is comprised of a variety of events (see listing of events below) which build relationships within the group between participants and leaders and allow for the development of skills which will help participants prepare for successful futures.

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Diamonds In The Rough.

Baseball For Life is committed to helping to make a difference in the ball fields in our community.  To this point we have been able to impact multiple school programs with the initiative to make their playing conditions more consistent and safe.

Starting from “scratch” to provide a true home field is an exciting project.  Along with volunteers we are always looking for in kind donations.

 

500+

families have attended events

Over the course of the program we have made an impact in over 500 young adults. It may have come as a full time member of the program or we have some players that due to time constraints only attend our yearly summer camp.

 

35+

young adults active in program

In 2019 we currently have over 35 players active within the program on a full year basis. We try and maintain a manageable number of players in ratio to our coaches. We are always looking for more coaches so we can add additional young adults into the program.

 
 

10+

years serving the community

Baseball For Life roots really date back to 1999 when the very first summer camp was held for local area youth under the guidance of Coach Ed Walton and Coach Mike Shildt.

 
 

Chick-fil-A has partnered with Baseball for Life for the last several years to help feed hundreds of summer campers.  We are excited about the experience these young men are getting not only as it pertains to baseball but more importantly the life skills they are being taught.

Terry Shelton / Chick-fil-A Carolina Pavilion

 

 
 

Get Involved

Baseball For Life is a volunteer based organization. If you are looking to get involved there are multiple ways for you to support the program. If you know of a player that would be interested in the program you can nominate a player, or if you are looking to volunteer (single event/full time) or you can make a one time or monthly donation that will allow us to continue our mission of serving the youth in the community.

 

NOMINATE A PLAYER

Do you know a player that would benefit from joining the program? If so you can learn more about what the expectations are for the players and fill out a form. We typically add new players into the program prior to the start of the kick off event in November of each year.

Volunteer opportunities

In order to continue to service more young adults Baseball For Life is always looking for quality “Coaches” to add into our program.

If you would like to learn more about what is asked of people looking to get involved and continue to drive Baseball For Life forward:

Make a Donation

Baseball For Life is a non-profit organization which is entirely dependent on contributions from both individuals and corporate partners. 

 
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