“The Sandlot Initiative has been a work in progress for four years, but the seed was planted even earlier. It was while watching my younger son play baseball in a 2011 all star game that the initial concept was developed. Playing a team from the inner city of Charleston, my son’s team was winning 15-1 after two innings and yet his coach was still playing aggressively, stealing bases any chance he could. Meanwhile, the inner city team was under coached, over matched, and the dejection on the children’s faces has stayed with me to this day. At that moment, I swore that one day I would make sure that no team was ever in that same position again.
The idea stayed with me, but never seemed to materialize…that is, until the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. After the riots, I woke up and asked: what could one person do to help stop the culture shift that seemed to be sweeping our nation toward a massive divide?
Then it hit me. Baseball. Place two children on a field, each from difference socioeconomic backgrounds, different races – different everything. At that moment, those two children see nothing but a teammate…a friend…a double play combo.
With this idea, The Sandlot Initiative was born.”

Andy Brusman, Founder

The Sandlot Initiative

The mission of The Sandlot Initiative is to inspire and empower youth from underserved communities with the opportunity to learn and play baseball in an environment that promotes sportsmanship, mutual respect, and character development.

Our objectives are to:

  1. Reduce racial and socioeconomic barriers to the game.
  2. Support baseball and softball programs in underserved communities.
  3. Provide equipment, coaching and facility rehabilitation in areas of need.
  4. Offer life skills education and afterschool programs to participating student athletes

The Sandlot Initiative is currently focusing on Charleston, South Carolina for programming with the anticipation to expand nationally.

We have selected Martin Field in Charleston, South Carolina as the initial launch of The Sandlot project.

Martin Field

Charleston, South Carolina

Martin Field, located on the east side of downtown Charleston, is a field designed for 12-and-under baseball and softball. The plan for this location involves partnering with The Ripkin Foundation and others to help support redesigning the field, upgrading the lawn to artificial turf, and renovating the dugouts as well as the lighting and other seating areas. The plan also includes building an indoor training facility with space dedicated to educational support.

Your donation will help us build an indoor athletic and academic center at Martin Field in Charleston, South Carolina or provide equipment – like bats, gloves, helmets, and cleats – to children who otherwise cannot afford them. Today’s support will also give us the resources to transform Martin Field from a field designed for 12-and-under baseball and softball to a field for players of all ages. Please join us. Together, we can make underserved youths’ field of dreams into a reality.

If you would like to make your donation via check, please make your check payable to: RetailROI

All checks should be mailed to:
The Giving Back Fund
5757 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 410
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Please also include “Aptos Innovation” in the memo line.