Since 2017, Mariners Care Equipment Donation Grants have supported student-athletes across the Pacific Northwest in their baseball and softball journeys. We strive to promote equity, improve participation, and increase competitive play regardless of a student's socioeconomic status. So far, we’ve granted a total of $250,000 to 50 high school baseball and softball programs. In 2022, we selected 10 schools from Washington and Oregon to receive $5,000 each. This funding will help with baseball and softball operations in under-resourced communities.
In addition to the grants, we also strive to better understand the challenges that prevent young people from continuing in these beloved pastimes. That’s why we've met and engaged with coaches and players from recipient schools. We believe all young athletes should have the opportunity to play baseball and softball. The equipment donation grant is one of many efforts to promote a positive playing experience.