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 2022, PUMP will once again host Kickball for a Cause at Mellon Park and bring together young people, ages 21+, for a day of kickball, fundraising, picnicking, and fun. Stay tuned for 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 our 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 were honored to announce Book’Em and Homeless Children’s Education Fund as our 2020 Causes.
In 2020, we canceled Kickball for a Cause due to Covid-19. In 2021 we are excited to bring back the tournament along with both Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Book ‘Em as our 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
History of Kickball for a Cause
Kickball for a Cause was first played in 2003, and was then called Kickball for Hope. Beginning in 2015, the tournament rebranded to Kickball for a Cause. You can read more about the history of the tournament and causes here or explore our blog.
Questions about nominations or Kickball for a Cause?
Contact Jaime Filipek at email@example.com.