The Amazin’ Mets Foundation is committed to supporting programs through both the Mets and within the community that directly impacts athletes. From investing in youth baseball and softball leagues and programs to support these athletes’ development, to funding a Wheelchair Softball tournament at Citi Field, the Foundation’s support removes financial barriers and enables athletes of all ages to pursue their chosen sport.
Since July 2021…
Over $810,000 of funding has been committed to support baseball and athletic programs.
Inaugural Junior Mets Baseball Camp
Mets Community Programs
The Junior Mets program provides access to the sport of baseball through free educational clinics, baseball curriculum lessons, and equipment and ticket donations for local youth athletes. The Amazin’ Mets Foundation works closely with Tri-State area youth leagues and schools to provide access to the game of baseball for children of all backgrounds, year-round. We invest in youth baseball in the following ways:
Introduction to the Game
Fun at Bat – the Mets have teamed up with Nike to donate baseball equipment to 50 Title I schools in NYC. Each participating school receives: USA Baseball Championship Principles Books, Fun at Bat curriculums guidebooks (K-5, English & Spanish), Fun at Bat Gym Banners, 14 foam bats, 10 foam balls, 1 batting tee, 1 rubber base set, 1 mesh bag for storage, 8 training discs/cones, and 1 large inflatable ball.
Access to the Game
League Sponsorship – Low-income children are six times more likely to quit sports due to overwhelming costs of pay-to-play fees and equipment. To combat this, the Mets identify local little leagues to donate equipment and uniforms. The Amazin’ Mets Foundation will be supporting a local little league to ensure that baseball is accessible to all.
Sandlot Stars – The Amazin’ Mets Foundation partners with Pitch In For Baseball & Softball to purchase brand new equipment for youth baseball, softball, and t-ball teams. Through our Sandlot Stars program, the Foundation has provided brand new equipment to over 3,800 little leaguers in New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Syracuse, Port St. Lucie and the Dominican Republic.
Field Renovation – The Amazin’ Mets Foundation has worked closely with the Mets Ballpark Operations staff and the NYC Parks Department to identify a local baseball field to renovate in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Coach Development Program – The Amazin’ Mets Foundation Coach Development Program is a key component to combatting one of the foundational issues that kids face, lack of access. The program provides an opportunity to connect local baseball and softball coaches with high quality learning materials which better prepares them to face the complex, rewarding position of being a volunteer youth baseball/softball coach.
Skills & Development of the Game
Youth Baseball Camp – Through the Mets Youth Baseball Camp, young baseball athletes will have an opportunity to develop their skills and gain a path to success in the game.
Baseball & Softball Clinics – Mets players, coaches and alumni participate in Junior Mets programming by leading clinics and tournaments at Citi Field and in our neighboring communities.
Pitch In For Baseball And Softball
Since 2021, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation has supported Pitch in for Baseball & Softball with over $320,000 to purchase brand new equipment for youth baseball, softball, and t-ball teams.
In 2022, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation provided Commonpoint Queens with the funding to build a Fitness Studio and Wellness Center at their new Youth Opportunity Hub. Commonpoint Queens also received a grant in 2021 to purchase equipment and signage for their new indoor baseball facility. Total funding to Commonpoint Queens is just over $185,000.
Wheelchair Sports Federation
The Amazin’ Mets Foundation supported the Wheelchair Sports Federation with a grant of $10,000 in 2022 to host a wheelchair softball tournament at Citi Field.