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Free Youth Clinics

We conduct instructional clinics facilitated by current and former athletes, coaches and trainers.

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Equipment Drives

We provide new and gently-used sports equipment to children who participate in sports.

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Park Renovations

We assist with restoring little league baseball fields throughout the community.

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Mentorship

We provide children with the mental preparation to have success on and off the field.

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The First Pitch Was a Huge Success!

The First Pitch event on June 23 was a huge success. Ten of Jacksonville's best restaurants, food and drink providers, as well as the hospitality staff of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, put on a party to kick off the foundation. Close to 400 baseball supporters attended and watched 10 members of the media try to win a home run derby on Bragan Field's, ahem, shortened porch. Action Sports sports director Brent Martineau won the contest, beating out the other two finalists -- former major league Brett Myers and UNF baseball coach Tim Parenton. Walk-Off Charities raised more than $100,000 from The First Pitch event, which will allow it to begin various programs to make baseball available and affordable to youth all over North Florida. The programs will include free clinics, many done in conjunction with the Duval County Schoolboard, equipment drives and distribution, enrollment funding for youth wanting to play organized baseball and facility upgrades for baseball facilities in need.

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WOC will have four major components:

INSTRUCTION/EXPOSURE

WOC, in conjunction with the Duval County School Board and Bakers Sporting Goods, will hold free clinics throughout the course of the school year in the form of student field trips. Elementary school students will have an opportunity to attend clinics as part of a field trip to be taught, practice and experience baseball. There also will be a variety of other clinics – all free – for area youth.

FINANCING/SCHOLARSHIPS

WOC will have a grants program that attempts to pay enrollment for all needing youth to play on a rec league team in that young person’s area. Any young person who wants to play on a youth baseball team, has identified the association, can apply for a scholarship. WOC approves the need and pays the fee.

FACILITIES

WOC originally was formed to renovate the historic Sans Souci Baseball Park on Jacksonville’s Southside. The park has been greatly improved, with rebuilt fields, wind screens, fence caps, scoreboards and a brand new parking lot. Sans Souci will be the site of many of the free clinics. But WOC also plans to have a renovation fund that assists baseball facilities all over the First Coast through and additional grant program.

EQUIPMENT

As hard as it is for many to believe, many young people don’t even have a baseball glove. All young people should have adequate equipment – a glove, a ball, a pair of cleats. WOC will regularly hold drives to collect used baseball equipment to distribute to all youth of the First Coast who would want to have, and would use, baseball equipment, but don’t have it.