Giants Community Fund: Using Baseball to Encourage Underserved Youth to Live Healthy, Productive Lives

by Caroline Hunt July 19, 2016

Giants Community Fund: Using Baseball to Encourage Underserved Youth to Live Healthy, Productive Lives

FGS&Co. is proud of every one of our nonprofit partners. Each partner brings something different to the table and inspires us and their communities with their work that they do. Every charity has a cause that is worth our time and attention.

The Giants Community Fund is no exception. Celebrating 25 years of hard work and dedicated to making change, the Giants Community Fund is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with the San Francisco Giants to encourage underserved youth and their families to live healthy, productive lives.

Using baseball as a forum to encourage learning and better living, the Giants Community Fund is most recognized for their Junior Giants program. The Junior Giants is a free, non-competitive and co-ed baseball program for children aged 5-18. Working together with local agencies, families, and volunteers, Junior Giants gives the youth of underserved communities a chance to learn the basics of baseball while also learning essential life skills.

With the help of coaches and teammates, the Junior Giants learn about the Four Bases of Character Development - Confidence, Integrity, Leadership, and Teamwork. In addition to this they learn the importance of Education, Health, and Bully Prevention. The Junior Giants players are challenged to apply these lessons at home, in school, and on the baseball field.

The Junior Giants program is amazing for many reasons. They bring an entire community together for the benefit of children who are excited to play and learn. Parents, policemen, firemen, and other community members gather every week to give these children their time, consideration, and most importantly, to play ball.

Established in 1994, Junior Giants now annually serves over 25,000 participants in 90 leagues. The Giants Community Fund supports leagues throughout California, Nevada, and Oregon. Each year the number of participants grow and they give back to more children through baseball and education.

It’s clear that the Giants Community Fund and their Junior Giants program are going above and beyond to give back to countless communities. Just this past year, the Junior Giants program was chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence. This award was created in 2010 to recognize the philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs.  Even more recently, the San Francisco Giants were ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. The San Francisco Giants were recognized for their community outreach efforts, more specifically the Junior Giants Program.

You too can support the Junior Giants program by shopping with FGS&Co. and entering the code GIANTS when checking out. 25% of the proceeds will go directly to the Giants Community Fund. It feels great to give back!



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