A young organization established in 2004, Pitching in for Kids was inspired by local business owners wanting to give back to the community. Already having established themselves within the community, Carol Troxell and Sara Youngelson decided to take their passion of community involvement to the next level. Starting up Pitching in for Kids (PIFK) has become one of their most exciting adventures! The organization is getting ready to launch it's very first program. It is our desire to pair up a friend/pal with a child who has recently suffered the loss of a close loved one (parent) or a child who is trying to work his/her way through a divorce. This new program is in the early planning stages and will be supported by some of our upcoming events such as the Half Marathon fundraiser, 2012 Mayo Bowl, the 2013 Pitching in for Kids All-Star Celebrity Golf Events and Poker Party Hosted by Tim Wakefield & Jason Varitek, and many new and exciting events and fundraisers.
Pitching in for Kids has received press from NESN, The Boston Herald, The Boston Globe, The Metro, ESPN Radio, WRKO, WEEI, MIX 104.1, Improper Bostonian, MLB TV, and many more. The word is out...we are looking forward to bringing you more exciting events in the months to come!!
A local business owner and the developer of the original Pitching In For Kids golf events, Carol enjoys getting involved. Carol received a BA degree from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. At a young age she was involved in youth ministries and camps as a counselor. In more recent years, Carol has worked with local athletes such as Tim Wakefield, Johnny Damon and now Jason Varitek to put together tournaments and parties that have raised well over $900,000 for the Franciscan Hospital for Children, Ron Burton Training Village, The Teddy Ebersol Red Sox Fields and other children's charities. Carol serves as the President of the Merchant's Association Board at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. She enjoys involving her many business contacts in special fund-raising events that will benefit children in the community. She considers being a liaison between business and charity to be the most rewarding part of her career. "Helping others is what it's all about".
A local Boston business entrepreneur, Sara shares in the passion to work on the development of children in the local community. A graduate of Boston University, Sara started and was chapter director of Best Buddies where she led and involved other students in the lives of young children with special needs. Graduating with a dual degree in photojournalism and special education, she also received her Masters of Education degree from the University of Vermont. Having worked closely with Head Start, she has experienced first hand the financial needs of organizations dedicated to helping children requiring special care. Sara has co-chaired several great fund-raising events in the Boston community and is a strong leader with a passion and commitment to children's organizations.