USA Baseball, the national governing body for baseball in the United States, recently announced its first-ever Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraiser set to take place Wednesday, Sept. 30. The “Give For Glory” campaign will allow the Team USA community to join together and collectively influence our pastime’s future both on and off the field.

The organization is committed to serving, protecting and supporting the game of baseball and its 15.6 million participants. Founded in 1978, USA Baseball fields six national teams annually and is a member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. On the diamond, USA Baseball is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning World Baseball Classic champion, and its national teams have won 62 gold medals in international competition.

Celebrated in coordination with the 20th anniversary of the gold medal-victory over Cuba in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, USA Baseball encourages its alumni, community and fans to celebrate its past accomplishments by sharing stories of impact and helping spread the word on what it means to be a part of USA Baseball.

USA Baseball will hold its first-ever Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraiser, Wednesday, Sept. 30. Valley News/JP Raineri photo

“The inaugural Give For Glory campaign will unite all of our alumni and supporters to commemorate the respective impact USA Baseball has had on their lives while contributing to the future of the organization,” Paul Seiler, executive director and CEO of USA Baseball, said. “Every gift will allow us to reach our full potential as the national governing body for baseball in the United States as we aim to build champions in baseball and in life.”

All gifts made on the day of giving will be tracked in real time at http://www.GiveForGlory.com. There, supporters can direct their gifts into several different USA Baseball programs, including one of its six national team programs, the national team development program, the Golden Spikes Award, the National Training Complex, its youth development and education initiatives, or to a general fund allocated for the greatest needs of the organization.

“USA Baseball has been a part of my life for 20 years and I cannot imagine a better way to support this organization for another 20 years to come than a Day of Giving,” Ernie Young, a member of the 2000 Olympic Team, five-time national team manager and coach, and former USA Baseball board of directors’ member, said. “As a former player, coach, manager and Olympian, I feel honored to be a part of a prestigious organization that strives for gold both on the field and off.”

The 24-hour event will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 30. All gifts are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a receipt of their gift for their records.

Fans and supporters alike can follow along with the USA Baseball Day of Giving by following @USABaseball on social media and using the hashtag #GiveForGlory. To receive more information on the philanthropic giving program at USA Baseball, sign up at http://www.usabaseballnews.com.

Off the field, USA Baseball is dedicated to the proliferation and health of the sport through the creation and management of numerous development initiatives including Fun At Bat, Pitch Smart, PLAY BALL and the Prospect Development Pipeline.

For more information on the USA Baseball development department and its initiatives, contact Will Chriscoe, senior director of development, via email at WillChriscoe@USABaseball.com or Donate@USABaseball.com.

For more information on the organization, its national teams and development-driven initiatives, visit the official website at http://www.USABaseball.com or http://www.USABDevelops.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.