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2023 Hit-a-thon fundraiser

2023 Hit-a-thon fundraiser benefitting Kerry Wood's Pitch In

IBA is proud to announce the 2023 Hit-A-Thon in support of Kerry Wood’s Pitch In Foundation.   Baseball players, ages 8 through high school, are invited to participate and help support middle school children in Chicago’s under-served populations. 

Guaranteed to be a GREAT evening of baseball, awards, raffle prizes, and most important– all for an excellent cause. 

Spots always go very fast!  Grab a few buddies, form a team of 4, and join us on April 14th!

Event Details  

Date:               April 14th, 2023

Time:              5:00pm to 10:00pm (30-minute time slots per team)

Location:         The Yard – Northbrook IL  

RegistrationOpens February 16, 2023

Raffle Items:  Chicago Cubs Dream Day Experience, Tickets to concerts at Wrigley Field, Private lesson from former Cubs pitcher, Kerry Wood, Official May 6th, 1998 scorecard during the famous 20 Strikeout game signed by Kerry Wood and Pat Hughes (can request a personalized message to be written by Kerry), signed Kerry Wood baseballs, Signed copy of "Vineline" from April 2012, when Kerry returned to Chicago Cubs, private lesson with former MLB outfielder, Charlie Tilson, Membership to The Yard, Private lessons at The Yard, $100 Wildfire coupon and MORE!

About the Pitch In Foundation:  

In 2011, former Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, founded the Wood Family Foundation (WFF) with the vision of adding value to the lives of Chicago’s children. Starting with coats and toy drives, holiday wish programs, to running baseball clinics in Englewood, they finally were able to refine their true mission. In 2014, WFF turned its efforts towards creating Pitch In, an after-school middle school mentoring program. The organization put down roots in North Lawndale at Lawndale Community Academy and have refused to look back, spreading further into North Lawndale and expanding into Humboldt Park. Current CPS dropout statistics point to the pivotal years of middle school, the most underserved population in Chicago. WFF has found the best, most impactful ways to make a difference in this space…middle school matters!

In 2022, WFF officially changed its name to Pitch In. With the same mission and vision, this decision was made to further increase Pitch In’s footprint across Chicago. Kerry and Sarah could not be prouder of the impact that Pitch In has made on students, families, and school partners. The work that WFF and the Wood Family has done will be their lasting legacy, for the city that they love.

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Questions about program, call 847-386-6308.
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