Our Mission: Training Legends Foundation
Youth baseball builds lessons of a lifetime. By playing on a team, a child can challenge and grow their social, mental and physical capabilities. And baseball is good for families too, when parents coach youth leagues, they bond with their kids and the community.
Parents (and sometimes kids) feel pressure to leave their Rec Park program to join a travel club. Regardless of whether one ‘likes’ travel baseball, the reality is that it is here to stay.
But the cost of travel and summer all-start baseball can average $3,700-8,000 a year, according to USA Today Sports.
“Most families in America simply cannot afford to shell out that kind of money for their kids’ sports,” reports Sarah Butler, CBS News.
Families who can’t afford the travel, fees and extra training, drop out of the game, and their children lose out on developing their abilities to their fullest potential.
Rec Parks are Impacted by Travel Baseball's Popularity
Rec Parks are an integral part of local communities. They are places families gather not only to play ball, but to socialize and form new friendships. When families leave, the intimate nature of a community can be adversely impacted.
Little League participation is down 20% from the year 2000 due in large part to the rise of travel baseball programs, according to a recent report from Time.
Rec Parks are community assets and robust programs provide outdoor places where young people and their families can play and relax together. These Rec Parks are an intimate part of the fabric of a community, and the programs must be nurtured so that they can sustain and grow with the community.
As youth baseball evolves in new ways, Training Legends Foundation (TL Foundation) will provide opportunities for both young people and great coaches to stay in the game of baseball, while also helping Rec Parks to build and sustain youth baseball programs in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
The TL Foundation does this by supporting players, who cannot afford to play travel baseball, and great coaches, who utilize their skills to mentor young players. We also partner with Rec Parks to build and sustain youth baseball programming in various ways, from equipment drives and fundraising to capital improvement grants.
The TL Foundation was established by Training Legends as another way to help kids and families in need play and enjoy youth baseball at Rec Parks through the player’s youth.
The TL Foundation received its IRS non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a Georgia public charity in 2019, and the first grants were made in 2019. Our tax ID number is 82-5004661.
Kids who we’ve helped by bending the cost curve down
Raised for local Rec Parks
Rec Parks supported
Gently used equipment drives
The TL Foundation is funded by individuals and organizations who want to make youth baseball accessible to those in need.
We encourage you to consider giving to the TL Foundation. We have fundraisers throughout the year, and if you would like to donate, you can make your tax-deductible donation to the Training Legends Foundation.