Turn Two for Youth program accepting donations of baseball equipment

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(Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
information provided by the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau

LANSING, Ill. (October 19, 2019) – Turn Two for Youth is once again accepting donations throughout the Chicago Southland in the form of baseball equipment. Turn Two for Youth is a nonprofit, charitable organization that was formed to help collect and distribute baseball equipment to underprivileged children around the world. It is the official charity of the American Baseball Coaches Association and is a proud supplier to Miracle League.

Originating in North Carolina, the desire to donate has spread throughout the United States, including the Chicago Southland area. For the past four years, the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau (CSCVB), headquartered in Lansing, Illinois, has hosted a Turn Two sports drive. In its first three years, the CSCVB collected over 5,000 items for the charity. This year, the CVB will collect donations until November 18.

Donations can be brought to the CSCVB office in Lansing (2304 173rd Street) or dropped off at the New Lenox Park District, Mokena Park District, or Hoosier Sports in Dyer, Indiana. Fielding gloves, bats (wood and aluminum), batting helmets, baseballs, uniforms, belts, catcher’s gear, catcher’s mitts, equipment bags, cleats, sets of bases, batting tees, and pitching machines will all be accepted.

After the equipment is collected, it is shipped to Charlotte, NC, where it is cleaned, refurbished, and stored until a complete container of gear can be shipped to a pre-qualified area. Turn Two for Youth carefully selects credible volunteer organizations to ensure that the equipment is delivered and distributed as intended. Typically, churches and baseball organizations are central to the distribution process.

“Turn Two for Youth is an excellent charitable organization, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them again in 2019,” said Jim Garrett, President/CEO of the CSCVB. “We are proud to bring the gift of baseball to kids around the world, and we are lucky to have outstanding partnerships with the New Lenox and Mokena Park Districts and Hoosier Sports in Dyer.”

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is located at 2304 173rd Street in Lansing, Illinois. More information is available at VisitChicagoSouthland.com.

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