Our 2021 Cause Beneficiaries are:
Book‘Em sends reading and educational materials to prisoners across Pennsylvania. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for people incarcerated in PA by providing free access to educational materials, books and resources to those who otherwise have limited access to these materials.
The Homeless Children’s Education Fund’s (HCEF) mission is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Southwestern PA, guiding them to be productive, empowered citizens.
In 2021, PUMP hopes to once again host Kickball for a Cause at Mellon Park and bring together young people, ages 21+, for a day of kickball, fundraising, picknicking, and fun. Stay tuned for event details!
Since 2003, Kickball for a Cause (formerly Kickball for Hope) has featured teams who play in round-robin lightening games in Mellon Park throughout the day while enjoying generous donations of food, drink and music from our sponsors. The top teams advance into playoff rounds – which always generates a crowd of supporters and cheers.
Finding this year’s Causes
Since its inception, Kickball for a Cause has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits and charities. For the past few years, we’ve relied on the community to help us choose which Causes the event will support.
In early 2020 we hosted an open nomination process, where we received 56 potential Cause organizations suggestions from our Members. From there, PUMP Board and Staff narrowed down the finalists to 10 great organizations doing amazing work in Pittsburgh. After 2 weeks and 1300 votes we are honored to announce Book’Em and Homeless Children’s Education Fund as our 2020 Causes!
Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite Kickball for a Cause finalists and thank you to these 10 organizations for their incredible work to uplift our region and all people who live here. Even though not all 10 organizations could partner with us for this event, we look forward to growing our relationships with each of them throughout the year and continuing to elevate their impactful work.
Note: Due to Covid-19 and our 2020 Kickball for a Cause tournament having been canceled, we have invited our 2020 Causes to be our 2021 Causes.
Our 2021 (2020) Finalists:
- Book ‘Em
- Brookline Teen Outreach
- Civically, Inc.
- Connecting Champions
- Global Minds Initiative
- Homeless Children’s Education Fund
- Latino Community Center
- North Side Food Pantry Advisors
- Open Field
- When She Thrives
If you are interested in learning more about the 2019 selection and voting process then check out our blog here.
Timeline for Announcing the 2021 (2020) Causes
- Nominations Open: January 27 – February 9 CLOSED
- PUMP vetting of submissions: February 10 – February 26 CLOSED
- Announcement of Finalists: February 27 OPEN
- YOU vote on the top Causes: February 27 – March 9 CLOSED
- Announcement of 2020 Causes: Thursday March 12 ANNOUNCED
Questions about nominations or Kickball for a Cause?
Contact Jaime Filipek at email@example.com.
2021 Information Coming Soon
Please stay tuned for more information about a 2021 tournament. Read our full announcement below to learn more about our decision to cancel our 2020 tournament.