NEW YORK – The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation and Pitch In For Baseball & Softball (PIFBS) are joining forces to create a field of dreams for your community.
On Saturday, March 27, 12 PM EDT, the Loukoumi Foundation will host “A Conversation with Bob Costas,” with the 29-time Emmy Award-winning sports legend speaking to kids about a career in baseball and broadcasting. The virtual event is part of the Loukoumi Foundation’s Dream Day Series in which kids live out their career dreams.
During the event, the Loukoumi Foundation will also announce its exciting partnership with PIFBS and the two non-profits will accept grant applications from teams and communities in need of equipment and field renovations.
The beauty of the project is that kids will be sponsoring the renovations. Young baseball and softball players will be asked to donate equipment and make a $5 donation to help fund the field makeover.
The Loukoumi Foundation sponsors a similar project for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where kids are asked to make a card for a patient and a $1 donation. The end result was the naming of The Loukoumi Foundation Treatment Room at St. Jude in October 2019. Over $62,000 has been raised to date for that project.
“Projects like this show kids that no good deed is too small and that together we can all make a difference,” said Nick Katsoris, President of the Loukoumi Foundation and author of the Loukoumi children’s book series that inspired the Foundation. “I am a lifelong baseball fan and I have admired the exemplary work of Pitch In For Baseball & Softball for a long time. I am thrilled to be working with such a wonderful organization and together we hope to encourage kids to help others realize their baseball dreams.”
"Through this project I am excited to be sharing my love for baseball to make a difference," said Constantine Katsoris, Project Chair and Loukoumi Foundation Kids Club Board Member. The 17 year-old started fundraising and collecting baseball equipment at the age of 12 and has since donated to several programs for those in need. "I look forward to working with Pitch In For Baseball & Softball so that together we bring the enjoyment of the sport to even more communities," he said.
“The Loukoumi Foundation is doing tremendous work in bettering lives and teaching children that even small contributions make a huge impact,” said Meredith Kim, CEO of PIFBS. “We’re excited to partner with them to continue Pitch In For Baseball & Softball’s mission of eliminating barriers and giving more kids the chance to play baseball and softball.”
To register for the complimentary Zoom “Conversation with Bob Costas” visit: https://meetmax.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wIXQ35s_TqKK6P1JJGKxNw.
To participate in the exciting partnership with the Loukoumi Foundation and PIFBS visit: https://www.loukoumifoundation.org/dreamday-bob-costas.
The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that teaches children to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. The Foundation unites over 100,000 children annually who are changing the world one good deed at a time through charitable projects that they are passionate about.
Inspired by the lessons in the Loukoumi children’s book series by Nick Katsoris, including Loukoumi Saves A Park narrated by Bob Costas and Loukoumi’s Good Deeds by Jennifer Aniston, the Loukoumi Foundation features a Good Deed of the Month curriculum in over 300 schools and at its exhibit at the Westchester Children’s Museum. For more on the Loukoumi Foundation, please visit: LoukoumiFoundation.org.
Pitch In For Baseball & Softball (PIFBS) is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that helps give the gift of play and contributes to positive youth development by providing equipment to children around the world.
PIFBS reduces barriers to play and promotes youth development by providing equipment directly to leagues, schools, and organizations around the world to start, continue, and/or expand their programs. More information is available online: PIFBS.org.