The Canal Baseball Academy (CBA) is a non-profit co-ed baseball program for underserved boys and girls in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood, offering year round access to baseball instruction, skills camp and games.
The Canal is home to more than 1000 boys and girls between the ages of five and twelve, but the neighborhood has always been underrepresented in San Rafael Little League. CBA will change that. It will provide Canal boys and girls with the skills and resources they’ll need to become part of a baseball community that stretches across several generations and has the power to bridge economic, social and cultural divides.
At CBA, baseball is more than a game. It teaches valuable life lessons like self-esteem, teamwork and respect. The goal of the program is to teach the basics of baseball, while also encouraging boys and girls from the Canal to participate in San Rafael Little League and to build new friendships, both in their community and beyond.
Founder and Director Kevin Loughlin believes the memories formed on the baseball diamond can shape a child’s life for years to come. He’s kept in touch with many of the kids he coached over the years and often he hears the same things: “My years playing Little League were some of the best of my life” and “I met my best friends on the Little League field.” Now it’s time to create those same baseball memories in the Canal.
CBA is trying to raise enough money to ensure that no child who would like to participate will be left out. See details about donating below, or contact
CanalBaseballAcademy@gmail.com to learn more about getting involved.
Canal Baseball is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink.
Kevin Loughlin grew up in Marin County, and has been involved in the baseball community since he was old enough to swing a bat.
He played baseball at San Rafael High School, and went on to be a coach and Board Member with the San Rafael Little League for 15 years. He coached the SRHS baseball team for four years and helped with the Terra Linda baseball program in 2013. Kevin also managed the San Quentin Giants for six years, working with men from diverse backgrounds to build a successful baseball program at the prison.
Kevin raised his family on baseball–all three of his boys followed in his footsteps, playing Little League and baseball at San Rafael High. He saw firsthand the positive influence that baseball had on his sons.
This inspired him to continue coaching and start Canal Baseball Academy, to reach children who are new to the game. He wants to encourage participation among young boys and girls in the underserved San Rafael community known as the Canal.
Canal Baseball Academy will teach the basic skills that every Little Leaguer needs. The program will offer new opportunities for San Rafael youth, from all backgrounds, both on and off the field.
Fundraising is an important element of CBA: baseball requires bats, gloves, balls, and cleats for the kids, as well as field rental and insurance. CBA is trying to raise enough money to ensure that no child who would like to participate will be left out. Scholarships will be provided for those youngsters who would like to play Little League or softball and cannot afford the enrollment fee.
Canal Baseball Academy is a non-profit cause. All donations are tax deductible. Donate with PayPal below. Don’t have a PayPal account? You can still donate online using a credit card. To send a check or if you have questions, contact CanalBaseballAcademy@gmail.com.