About the Fund
In the early 1900’s, baseball greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and others established an organization called the Knot Hole Gang. Its purpose was to help kids who could not afford tickets watch major league baseball from the stands – rather than a knot hole in the fence! The Youth Baseball Fund operates in much the same way – offering an opportunity to youngsters who want to enjoy baseball but are limited by a lack of funds.
The Youth Baseball Fund was established in 2000 by Larry Britegam of Salina. Mr. Britegam was a youth baseball coach for 30 years, and has a true love of the game. As a coach, he saw many families who struggled with the financial demands of organized sports. Early gifts to the baseball fund came from memorials from family and friends of former coaches Lowell Letourneau and Larry Caldwell. Additional memorial gifts have been received in memory of Jack Britegam, John Moshier, Harold Frazier and Ben Breault, all men who loved the game.
Many generous annual donors to the fund have resulted in an endowment that now will generate grants to support youth baseball every year. As the fund continues to grow, more grant dollars will be available.
What do the funds support?
Grants are reserved for individual players or teams who play in a local league and who might otherwise not be able to participate in baseball due to limited financial resources.
Grants may be made to support, but are not limited to:
- registration fees
- tournament fees
Who's eligible to apply?
- A parent or guardian must apply on behalf of the child
- All grant checks are made payable to the coach on behalf of the child
Preference is given to individual players. If you are a coach applying on behalf of your entire team, please contact the Foundation before applying.
Grants are distributed on a first come-first served basis.
Larry Britegam: Salina Youth Baseball Fund
The Youth Baseball Fund was established in 2000 by longtime youth baseball coach Larry Britegam of Salina.
"This fund truly has had an impact on the kids that love baseball and need some financial help to participate," said local baseball coach Jason Wells.