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Turn Two for Youth Program Raises over 1,700 Items for Impoverished Youth

Turn Two for Youth, a non-profit, charitable organization created by two baseball families on a mission to facilitate the enjoyment and expansion globally of youth baseball and softball, partnered with the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau and collected over 1,700 pieces of baseball and softball equipment for impoverished youth.

What started as a grass roots effort in North Carolina is quickly spreading to communities throughout the United States and the Chicago Southland. Donated items were collected through June and July and were picked up from the Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center in Mokena on August 3rd.

Equipment is collected at various baseball venues and shipped to Charlotte, North Carolina where it is cleaned, refurbished and stored until a complete container of gear can be shipped to a pre-qualified area. Turn Two carefully selects creditable volunteer organizations on the receiving end to ensure the equipment is delivered and distributed as intended. Typically, churches and baseball organizations are central to the distribution process.

“It’s a great feeling to be involved in such a wonderful charitable drive,” said Jim Garrett, President / CEO for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Chicago Southland is banding together to bring children from all over the world the gift of baseball and we are lucky to have great partners like the Mokena Park District and Turn Two for Youth.”

“We’re very excited for Turn Two for Youth to be a part of Game Day USA’s events in Mokena, said Duane Smith, Recreation Supervisor for the Mokena Community Park District. “It’s nice to have an opportunity to give back to the community and provide equipment to impoverished children.”

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