Recently, it was announced that most of the general public will have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by the end of May. This is welcomed news for baseball fans everywhere, as Waterloo Bucks fans can't wait for the season to begin in a little less than three months. In the meantime, area youth softball coaches should get their fast-pitch softball team signed up for a chance to win free equipment.

According to a press release: the Waterloo Bucks have teamed up with the Northwoods League Foundation to provide over $2,000 in Rawlings softball equipment to an area youth softball team. The Foundation’s grant, which is part of the “Share the Glove” initiative, is one of 22 grants to be awarded in each NWL community

The Northwoods League Foundation is donating over $40,000 in youth Rawlings baseball and softball equipment this spring.  Each grant will include one set of catcher’s gear, ten fielding gloves, eight batting helmets, six bats, and one bucket of practice balls. Last year, the Bucks awarded an area youth baseball team with the award. This year, it's softball's turn.

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Organizations must meet applicable criteria related to IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines in order to apply for the grant.  The Waterloo Bucks are taking applications for the grant until May 5th The team or organization who is selected to receive the grant will be notified by May 25th.  The Bucks will then present the recipients the award on the field during a Bucks game this summer.

The “Share the Glove” Grant Application can be found here. Grant applications may be returned to Bucks general manager Dan Corbin at corbin@waterloobucks.com before the May 5th deadline.

  "As youth sport programs continue to navigate a challenging landscape, community support is more important than ever" said Northwoods League Foundation President Ryan Voz.

The Bucks are set to open their 2021 season as planned with their first home game on Thursday, June 3. Check out their schedule here

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