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Teaming up with the Junior Giants
In 2008 the Giants Community Fund was voted the best sports-related charity among all major professional sports in the country. The Junior Giants, a program of the Community Fund, serves more than 20,000 children and has more than 2,500 volunteer coaches. Started in 1994 to teach confidence, integrity, leadership, and teamwork to at-risk youth, the Junior Giants now has more than 85 leagues of boys and girls ages 5 to 18, across California and into Nevada and Oregon.

As Masons, we share this passion for community service, and we have an opportunity to work with the Junior Giants for big results.

Currently, only about 55 percent of the Junior Giants kids have their own baseball mitts. Our goal is to provide 4,250 mitts this year.

The Junior Giants can leverage their buying power to purchase great baseball mitts for $20 each. If 4,250 of the 10,000 Bay Area Masons make a personal $20 gift, we can achieve our goal - and bring America's national past time to 4,250 Bay Area kids.

Some friendly competition
The Bay Area has been divided into six regions - East Bay, South Bay, North Bay, the city of San Francisco, Sacramento and the Delta area - which are facing off in friendly competition.

On Wednesday, September 10, we will host Masons Night at AT&T Park, where the home crowd will witness Masonry's commitment to kids firsthand. In addition to seeing our name in scoreboard lights, the team that funds the greatest number of baseball mitts will publicly present a check, along with the Grand Master, at home plate. A regional trophy and award will be presented to each lodge in the winning region.

Rally your brothers through the lodge Trestleboard, at stated meetings, Masonic events, and by word of mouth. This community service project is from Masons to kids, so lodge funds are discouraged. However, friends, family, and especially all members of the Masonic family are encouraged to contribute.

Let's knock this challenge out of the park!

          

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