SUMMIT, NJ - The 'RollAPair' mentorship program, which collects baseball and softball equipment with a goal to give unused and outgrown equipment a new life with children who need it., recently made a donation to the Joe Black Baseball League in Plainfield.
The equipment was collected in the Hilltop City's schools during the first two weeks in March and donated to the League named after Joe Black, born in Plainfield in 1924, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was named "Rookie of the Year" in 1952 while leading the Dodgers to the pennant.
He earned the distinction of being the first African-American pitcher to win a World Series contest. According to League founder Reverend Jason Greer, the Joe Black Baseball League enrolled 160 players on 13 teams in its inaugural season. With the league entering only its second season, Greer says, “The equipment that 'RollAPair' has donated will surely help.”
Currently in its third season, RollAPair is a baseball and softball mentorship program initiated and run by Summit High School players. The program is designed to give young players the tools needed to succeed in the game, with a goal is to instill in baseball and softball players the ideals of teamwork, responsibility, discipline and hard work. Most importantly, RollAPair gets kids excited about the game and builds lifelong bonds between the mentors and the players.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” says RollAPair mentor Tim Colao. “Summit families get to recycle their equipment, and the recipients don’t have to spend money on expensive sports gear.”