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Donate to the Junior Giants

Give some dough for a good cause and get a sweet Willie McCovey bobblehead.

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Hey you! Do you love baseball? Do you want to make a difference in a kid’s life? Do you have disposable income? Then consider donating to the Junior Giants Stretch Drive!

A couple of weeks back, in an article that definitely has not aged well, I briefly talked about my own experience as a Junior Giant. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Junior Giants sparked my love for baseball, and if it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be interested in the sport, let alone the San Francisco Giants.

But it’s so much more than that. Here, I’ll let them explain:

Junior Giants is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund. 24,000 kids in more than 90 communities will participate this year alone. Junior Giants reaches out to underserved areas, giving kids a chance to learn about confidence, integrity, leadership, and teamwork through this free noncompetitive program.

Though it hasn’t made news in recent years, the problem of getting kids interested in baseball remains a real problem for MLB. Programs such as Junior Giants make a big difference in introducing the sport to kids and teaching them skills and values that will stick with them long after, regardless if they stick with baseball.

This year, the Giants Community Fund is holding the annual fundraising in honor of Willie McCovey, who passed away last October. To commemorate the Giants legend, the foundation is offering donation packages for various levels of support.

Of course, giving isn’t all about what you get in return, but hey, who doesn’t like swag? And there are some sweet gets. For $44, you’ll get a Willie McCovey bobblehead as well as the knowledge that you helped one kid play baseball for an entire season. Jump that donation up to $500, and you also get a ball autographed by one of Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, or Will Smith. And for big spenders, you can get a bobblehead and ball; a bat signed by Posey; a jersey signed by Posey, Crawford, Smith, Dave Dravecky, and Mike Krukow; and a “pregame Giants batting practice experience.” It’ll just cost you…$15,000?!

Anyway, if you can spare some change, show some love to this important program.