MILLBURN, NJ - Tyler Barishaw, a rising senior at Millburn High School, set out to give new life to bats that are no longer allowed for use for little leagues by new USABat regulations.
Millburn-Short Hills Youth Baseball can not utilize bats used before the 2018 season, but Barishaw saw an opportunity to give back and support DREAM, an organization that uses the power of baseball teams to inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams since 1991 in underprivileged areas.
Barishaw collected more than 225 bats from the Millburn community by publicizing his efforts and set up collection bins in Gero Parks. He continually picked up the bats as the bins rapidly filled with donations.
DREAM, formerly Harlem RBI, is located in East Harlem, with additional branches servicing the South Bronx and Newark. It has a unique program model that uses team-based methods to provide a comprehensive, enriching experience for young people. They plan to use the bats in their baseball leagues and games this summer, more than 1,500 children will be using these donated bats.