Beyond the Bases

Brody Roush

beyondthebases@gmail.com

512.923.5053

About Us

My name is Brody Roush, and in 2009 I started a program called Beyond the Bases to help underprivileged boys and girls play baseball. We collect new and gently used baseball equipment, clean and fix it, and give it to kids in need.

 

Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to be able to play baseball across the nation. I have tons of great memories, and I have made a lot of friends. In 2009, as I was helping with tryouts at Oak Hill Youth Sports Association in Austin, TX, I realized how hard the economy had affected families and that many kids did not have the equipment they needed to play baseball. I knew that they deserved the same opportunity that I had to fully enjoy the game by having their own equipment. With this, I went home, pulled out some bats and gloves in my garage that I wasn't using, and gave them to these kids. After talking with some friends, I discovered that other people also had baseball equipment in their garages that could be use to help these children.


As a result, we founded Beyond the Bases with a goal to collect baseball equipment for these kids and families. The response was incredible. We had a garage full of equipment. After a lot of equipment cleaning, we had our first used equipment sale at Oak Hill  on Opening Day eight years ago. Since then, Beyond the Bases has raised nearly $30,000 to sponsor kids to play baseball and softball. 


We have also been able to provide equipment to leagues across the state of Texas. All said, we have given gear to over 1,000 kids. Our latest initiative involved partnering with Carlos Martinez, starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, to provide gloves to kids in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to the generosity of our communities in Central Texas and Saint Louis, we were able to provide 130 gloves to his foundation.


In 2009, I was fortunate enough to win the KVUE Five Kids Who Care award (See video below). I felt so blessed to be given such an honor. In 2013, I won the Austin Fundraising Professionals' Kelly E. Davidson Memorial Philanthropic Youth Award. You can find a link to the Community Impact article on the Program News page. You may also locate the link to my acceptance speech.

 

I realize that none of this would have been possible without the help of my parents and friends, who help and support me along the journeyWithout their inspiration, Beyond the Bases would not be possible.