“ A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
— Jackie Robinson
WHAT IS GOLD GLOVE CHARITY?
Gold Glove Charity is an organization founded in 2016 by high school student Jack Standish to collect and distribute new and gently used baseball gear to kids in Los Angeles without access to gear of their own. Today the charity is run by high school students Wyatt Standish, Leo Rochman, and David Orlinsky.
After being collected, equipment is donated to the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, which was created as a part of Major League Baseball to provide a quality baseball education to aspiring ballplayers in disadvantaged communities across the country.
Who We Are
My name is Wyatt. I am 15 years old and currently pitching and playing first base for my high school team, the Palisades Dolphins. I began playing baseball with the YMCA on their t-ball and 5-pitch teams. For 7 years, I played baseball with PPBA. I not only like playing baseball, but I also enjoy watching the pros play. Working with Gold Glove Charity gives me the opportunity to give back to my LA community by collecting and distributing gear to young ball-players in need.
My name is David. I’m 16 years old, and currently pitching for Crespi Carmelite High School. I played all throughout my childhood with PPBA at all levels. Since then, I’ve participated in the Junior Olympics with USA Baseball twice. Baseball is a great way to spread joy to children everywhere, so I began working with Gold Glove in 2018. My mission is to provide underprivileged players the opportunity to play their best with the proper equipment to do so.
My name is Leo and I am 15 years old currently playing for my high school team, Crossroads, in Santa Monica. I have been playing baseball since I was very young. I started off playing baseball at my local Rec. Center. I then moved on to the Mustang, Bronco, and Pony levels with PPBA. I am working with Gold Glove Charity because I love baseball and want to be able to help give other kids the same opportunities that I have by getting them the necessary gear. I am very excited to be working with Gold Glove Charity.
What We've Achieved
Collection of over 315 pieces of baseball equipment to donate to the Compton Urban Youth Academy.
Connection with Pacific Palisades Baseball Association for gear collection.
Received a grant for $424 from the Optimist Club of Pacific Palisades.
Interviewed on ABC 7 Eyewitness News by Emmy winning TV Producer Josh Haskell (August 29, 2018).
A message from the founder
I'm Jack, and I’m a first year at the University of Chicago. As a kid I began playing baseball with the Palisades YMCA on their t-ball and 5-pitch teams. For five years I played Pony baseball with the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association. I also played varsity baseball with the North Hollywood High School Huskies. Since the beginning I have been lucky enough to play on great fields, with high quality gear, working with amazing coaches. It has been a big part of my life and a lot of fun!
Of course, not all kids who want to play baseball are as lucky as I have been. There are many kids in Los Angeles who are in need of a good field, some gear, and a coach. While I couldn’t build a field or hire a coach, I could help to deliver some gear to those in need.
At Palisades Elementary School I participated in a community event called BookEnds. We collected gently used books and donated them to a school that needed them. We collected over 3,000 books! It was easy. We just put out boxes, advertised what we were doing and kids at school donated their books.
I thought that I could do the same thing with baseball. Many kids I know have old baseball gear that is either going to be thrown out or given to Goodwill. I decided to collect this gear and donate it to the MLB Compton Urban Youth Academy.
Beginning with the 2016 season, in cooperation with Pacific Palisades Baseball Association and with the help of board member Mr. Bruce Wallin, I placed collection boxes on the Field of Dreams during PPBA games. We managed to collect more than 300 pieces of baseball equipment over my three seasons as head of the charity, and I’m excited to see the organization grow in the years to come under the leadership of three new students: Wyatt, David, and Leo!