ROD DEDEAUX FOUNDATION BENEFICIARIES
WE'RE PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THESE AMAZING ORGANIZATIONS WHO SHARE OUR PASSION FOR SUPPORTING YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL PROGRAMS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES.
MLB YOUTH ACADEMY
Major League Baseball's Youth Academy is a not-for-profit organization based in Compton, California. The Youth Academy aims to set the standard for baseball and softball instruction, teach in Urban America, and enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities.
Dodgers RBI is a baseball and softball youth development program that aims to: increase participation in the sport and use sports participation as an engagement tool to increase access to education, literacy, health, wellness and recreational resources in underserved communities. Dodgers RBI is bigger than baseball and focuses on youth development as it engages communities and families in programming.
The Angels RBI League has provided over 10,000 kids who would not otherwise have the chance, the opportunity to play baseball and softball. As a collaboration between Angels Baseball, Major league Baseball and other youth development agencies throughout the Southern California area. The league specifically targets underserved youth and provides them a comprehensive athletic experience at no cost..
PITCH IN FOR BASEBALL
The Rod Dedeaux Foundation has partnered with Pitch in for Baseball to raise funding for its programs and services. Founded in 2005, Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) is a global nonprofit organization that helps to increase access to baseball and softball for boys and girls around the world. PIFB is the leader in collecting new and gently used baseball equipment and getting it to kids who otherwise not be able to play ball.
Club 42 is a youth baseball program that brings kids from affluent Westside communities together with African-American kids from the inner city to play on the same teams in all the Pony and Little League age groupings. Club 42 was co-founded by John Branca the co-executor of The Michael Jackson Estate, and nephew of Ralph Branca, the last living member of the historic 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers of Jackie Robinson's rookie season in Major League Baseball.
EDUCATIONAL SPORTS INSTITUTE
The Educational Sports Institute (ESI), based in Compton, California is intended to provide critical resources and academic preparation programming to inner-city youth, allowing them to cultivate respect for both themselves and one another. ESI students learn vital social and life skills through physical fitness, health and wellness, while concurrently benefit from using baseball and softball diamonds as both a classroom and playground. Currently, ESI programs are being conducted across Los Angeles in partnership with the Watts Boys and Girls Club, Los Angeles Sheriff Youth Activities League, Los Angeles Police Athletic League, the Compton Little League, and other community organizations. Their partnership with the Board of Trustees of the Compton Unified School District is particularly notable, as it has made their curriculum available to over 25,000 students in the area.