WAUSAU — The Wisconsin Woodchucks team is now accepting applications for grants for softball equipment.

Share the Glove, sponsored by the Northwoods League Foundation, is available to fans in all 22 Northwoods League affiliate markets.

“Hopefully, all of us can fondly reflect about a time in our childhood playing ball and how fun it was, never fully realizing at the time how much it also positively shaped our character,” said Northwoods League Foundation Secretary Gary Hoover in a news release. “The Northwoods League Foundation’s Share the Glove initiative directly speaks to making those same memories for children in the communities where the Northwoods League plays. It is a joy to make these grants possible.”

The grant is a standardized set of Rawlings softball equipment, sized for youths ages 9 to12, and includes a set of catcher’s gear (helmet, chest protector, shin guards, mitt), batting helmets, fielding gloves a bucket of practice baseballs and bats.

The following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to receive the grant:

• Organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3) organization, school or school-based program, or community-based organization as defined under US IRC section 501(c)(3)

• Organization is not an individual, for-profit business, political or religious organization

• Organization provides opportunities for kids ages 9 to 12 to play softball within a community that is served by a Northwoods League affiliate.

To apply for the grant, visit woodchucks.com. Applications are due April 17.

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