Baltimore City high school baseball programs are poised to receive some new equipment -- just in time for season's official start on Thursday.
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and a Louisana-based baseball bat manufacturer announced on Wednesday that they planned to donate baseball equipment to Baltimore City high schools.
Ripken and Marucci Sports said $25,000 worth of equipment -- including aluminum bats, batting gloves, helmets and an equipment bag -- would be sent to city schools with baseball programs.
"As our Foundation continues to reach youth across the country, we always want to make sure we are taking care of the communities in our own backyard,” foundation president Steve Salem said in a statement. "We are proud to partner with Marucci Sports to help provide these deserving student athletes with the items they need to achieve their dreams both on and off the field."
Marucci, based in Baton Rouge, challenges Louisville Slugger as the most-used bat brand in Major League Baseball. The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation aims to use baseball and softball programs to "positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnership."
Douglass is one beneficiary of the Ripken and Marucci parntership.
"The generous support and donations made possible by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Marucci not only says the right thing, but shows they do the right thing," Douglass baseball coach Jim Foster said in a statement. "This not only gives our student athletes a chance to do their best on the field, but also [helps] them understand that people want them to do their best off the field too. It is truly a quiet leadership by example."