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Colby’s Double Play Is An Inspiration For Youthful Good Work

02/06/2012

The news in the online world is dominated by Facebook IPO speculation, mobile apps for millennial’s and hashtags on TV commercials. In a space as large as the internet you’d think there’d be an opportunity for something good to be happening.

Well, there is a bright light out there. It’s called “Colby’s Double Play“. The description from their very basic website spells out Colby’s mission clearly, “Children all over the world play the game of baseball.  But, playing baseball can be expensive.  We want to make sure that a lack of equipment is never a reason a child is unable to play this wonderful game.  Baseball teaches kids many important lessons, like teamwork and sportsmanship.  It also gives children a chance to be active, get fit, make friends and have fun.”

“The gloves, bats, cleats and other baseball equipment that is sitting in your closet or garage right now can open up a whole world of opportunities for an underprivileged kid.  Give the gift of baseball to a deserving child.  Drop off your equipment in a collection bin today.”

It’s a small-scale operation in Irvine, CA but that doesn’t keep 16 year-old founder Colby Bock from thinking big. And, it seems recycling stuff is in his genes. Colby’s dad founded Earthpack, a 21-year-old Irvine company that turns thrown-away paper and plastic into recycled packaging, bags and boxes for such environmentally conscious companies as Quiksilver, Jacks Surfboards, the Honda Center and the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks.

Colby’s story is about this one Little Leaguer’s incredible double play. It comes not on the pristine baseball diamonds of Orange County but miles away from them, sometimes in the middle of nowhere, where kids have had to make due with too-worn fields, too-tight cleats, too-small gloves and too-short bats. When Colby’s team was getting outfitted with all new equipment, he asked, “What are you going to do with the old stuff?” asked Colby, never expecting that the curiosity would turn the then-12-year-old kid into a Johnny Appleseed of baseball. “We should find kids who can use this.”

And so, Colby’s Double Play was born. Colby knew that the gear deserved a better retirement that sitting in a dusty corner of a storage shed. He had also just learned about underprivileged communities in social studies. Since then Colby has received plenty of regional attention and even some national interest.

Hopefully Colby’s Double Play will inspire other youth to look at their worlds and think about how they can harness their aptitude for technology to make their neighborhoods or towns a better place. Not every kid has aspire to be the next Mark Zuckerberg.

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