Help Keep 78 Playing
Hello 78 Community,
78 Youth Sports needs your help to keep playing.
Since its inception in 1980, 78 has never seen anything like this pandemic. In 2020, 78 lost nearly a year’s worth of revenue.
The impact of the pandemic has left us fighting for our existence. Over the past year, we have had to manage the cancelation of the majority of our scheduled programs, including our 2020 Recreational Baseball and Softball League and our 2020-2021 Recreational Basketball League. As we look to the future, things remain uncertain. We need to continue to raise funds so that we can offer our programs to the community for the foreseeable future. Our team and board have worked tirelessly to keep the organization adapting and running by:
- Creating adaptive online programming.
- Offering outdoor pop-up camps and clinics in baseball, basketball, and flag football from summer 2020 through the winter into Spring 2021.
- Offering a Fall Baseball Recreational League to over 700 players.
MLB Pitcher and Park Slope Native, Adam Ottavino, Joins 78’s Cause
Watch this moving and motivating video on what 78 Youth Sports meant to Adam. He is donating and pledging gifts (including a semi-private pitching lesson for three players and some amazing, signed swag).
Ways To Donate:
- 78 Raffle
- We will be releasing raffle items weekly throughout the rest of May and into June.
- The winner of the first raffle will receive one of the three slots for the semi-private pitching lesson with Adam. You can purchase raffle tickets for the pitching lesson here.
- Additional scheduled raffle items are Adam Ottavino game-worn jackets, a Joe Torre and Mariano Rivera autographed baseball, a Francisco Lindor autographed bat, and a James Harden autographed basketball.
- All raffle winners will be announced in June.
- 78 Silent Auction
- Like the thrill of a (virtual) auction? Sign up to outbid “the competition” to win a spot at the pitching lesson with Adam. We will open up a silent auction in the middle of June for another one of the lesson slots with Adam. You can bid on auctions here.
- We will also auction off some additional items, including a Derek Jeter autographed bat.
- 78 Events
- We will have live and online events over the next two months, among them a contest for the final lesson slot with Adam.
- Next week, tickets for an online wine tasting event with sommelier Andre Mack in June will be available to purchase.
- Generous Give
- For everyone! Please help 78 play another year (or 30!).
- Donate here.
Let’s keep 78 playing.