More Than Baseball

Our mission is to protect the future of our game.

aka More Than Baseball   |   Crystal River, FL   |  http://www.morethanbaseball.org

Mission

Our mission is to empower every minor leaguer with opportunities to live a better life during and after their careers.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Jeremy Wolf

Main address

8956 West Bass Lake Road

Crystal River, FL 34428 USA

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EIN

83-2355576

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (N03)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Minor league ballplayers are subject to a system that takes advantage of their dreams and builds a lucrative market around their cheap labor. Most work a minimum of seven months a year, earning between $3,000 and $10,000 per season, or $45 to $75 per game depending on the level they're assigned (not including travel time, practice time, or time spent working out). During these seven months, players work 70-plus hours a week, 29-30 days a month. However, they are still classified as “seasonal apprentices” under the law.. All the while, most minor leaguers are responsible for providing their own equipment and housing. On many occasions, there is not enough high-quality food for players before or after games in the clubhouse despite contractual provisions promising two meals a day. More Than Baseball was formed to provide high-quality support and guidance to all minor league ballplayers to alleviate some of the hardships on the road to the big leagues.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Player Grant Program

We are currently fundraising for a player grant program that will provide stipends to over 4,000 minor league players affected by COVID-19

Population(s) Served

We are looking to provide 200 players with the opportunity to serve as organizational ambassadors and give them the chance to get paid doing so.

Population(s) Served

We have offered week-long grocery reimbursements to players and are looking for sponsors to let us fund players food purchases moving forward. Each week-long program will have an approximate budget of $15,000.

Population(s) Served

We would like to work with our partners at All Pro Sports to give away $10,000 in cleats to ballplayers in need and match with a pair for young ballplayers in the Dominican Republic

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track every person that has immediately benefited from one of our programs. 2020 has been a groundbreaking year, we've taken in more than 500 new players.

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants sponsored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Player Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 we have fiscally sponsored over 200 ballplayers and, after May 31st, we will be at 3-4,000 players. Grants go out on a need-based basis.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric does not include our "professional class" of donors. This is just people who give to our site. We feel very comfortable with this amount per donor.

Number of financial literacy courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With our partners, we are looking to do English and Spanish financial literacy seminars available to every minor league player.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We would like to ensure that every player has the opportunity and resources needed to succeed both on and off the field. Every player deserves the ability to pursue their dreams without fearing for their financial security.

We are committed to working with all parties--Major league organizations, minor league teams, coaching staffs, front offices, agents, the MLBPA, and, of course, players themselves--to ensure that there is fair an equitable space for minor league ballplayers to play. We will use funds raised to provide minor leaguers with financial and other types of support. We have built strategic partnerships within baseball and across industries to ensure that players can have their needs addressed through our network.

We are uniquely capable of meeting these goals because of our senior staff's experience in minor league baseball. We know the game in and out and can address the problems directly, communicate frankly with players, and build a strong grassroots network of ballplayers. Furthermore, our ambassador network of nearly 50 players, our incredible board, our experienced partners, and our advisors in the baseball community and in surrounding industries give us a unique opportunity to bring high quality service to over 7,000 minor leaguers.

Over the last year, we have built relationships with all 30 MLB teams, the MLBPA, MLB corporate offices, and minor league organizations all over the country. Our network extends into every clubhouse, every minor league ballpark, and every front office around the country. We are already paving a new path to minor leaguers getting the help they need and our people will allow us to continue breaking through the barriers minor leaguers have historically faced.

We have helped more than 500 minor leaguers with everything from grocery reimbursements to offseason jobs to financial literacy to direct financial assistance during COVID-19. We've given away nearly $275,000 in the last month to players based on need. We've made financial advice, legal aid, and professional development coaching available for free to 7,000 players. We will be moving forward on an expanded player grant program--looking to give away close to $2,000,000 by the end of the summer to players who need it most. We will also be expanding an education and job placement program for players looking to continue building themselves up off the field. Our player ambassador program will expand to include close to 200 players in every clubhouse across the country. In about a month, we will have a player portal up and running that will allow for communication between ballplayers and ensure that no player misses out on our deals and sponsorships.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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More Than Baseball

Board of directors
as of 04/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sharon Block

Harvard University

Term: 2019 - 2022

Chase D'Arnaud

Self-Employed

Mary Ullman-Japhet

San Antonio Sports

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/15/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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