A 15-year-old Trumbull student is making it his mission to share America’s pastime.
Connor Bailo is founder of Baseballs 4 a Better Community, a nonprofit organization that is collecting new and gently used baseballs for children who can’t afford them.
Connor was a guest on Monday’s Nutmeg Sports, a weekday sports talk show on hanradio.com. Hosts Rob Adams and Paul Silverfarb interviewed him on why he got the organization started.
“I’ve played baseball my whole life, Little League and Babe Ruth, where we’ve traveled to other parts of the state and see teams that didn’t have as much equipment as us,” Connor said Monday. “When it really hit me was at the Little League World Series. There was a team from Uganda and they didn’t have any shoes and couldn’t afford them. A lot of donations came in after that. I was sitting there in the stands thinking, ‘How could I help?’ People donate hats, gloves — I know I have — but no one really donates baseballs, and that’s the real constant in the game.”
Connor came up with the idea to start the organization at 13 and his father, Paul Bailo, encouraged him to make it happen.
Friends at school and family members have been generously donating, and his goal is now to collect 1 million balls.
“Success would be seeing how some people’s lives were changed from getting one baseball,” Connor said. “One ultimate goal would be to go to the Dominican Republic and help build a baseball field.”
Connor has a website for the organization, at bb4bc.org. People may either make a monetary donation or send Connor baseballs. He is more than willing to make a trip to pick up baseballs, if needed.
There is something special about the game that Connor said he is eager to share.
“It’s been my favorite sport since I was little, and that’s part of the reason I want to get more people involved,” he said. “It’s more than playing the game, it’s the relationships and lessons you learn.”
Listen to the full interview here.
For more information, visit bb4bc.org. Nutmeg Sports airs Monday-Thursday at 2 p.m. on Trumbulltimes.com or hanradio.com.