History & Overview

The Chicago Mudcats Sport & Social Club (CMSSC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing Chicago’s youth through sports, service, and scholarship. CMSSC, originally known as Do it Right Baseball, was founded in 2001 by former Northern Illinois University baseball player and Lane Tech High School Pitching Coach Justin Stringer. Do it Right Baseball’s primary focus was one-week summer youth baseball camps. After nine years of programming, in 2010, Coach Stringer introduced the Chicago Mudcats Travel Baseball Club under the umbrella of Do it Right. In 2016, the organization obtained not-for-profit status and restructured under the auspices of the Chicago Mudcats Sport & Social Club - a multi-faceted dynamic sports club which offers not only camps and travel baseball teams, but a multitude of programming for Chicago’s youth.


  • A minimum of ten (10) travel baseball teams ranging from 9u to 18u

  • A minimum of two (2) travel girls’ fastpitch softball teams ranging from 10u & 18u

  • A myriad of training and fitness options offered on a daily basis

  • More than one-hundred forty (140) participants from Chicago and its neighboring suburbs

  • More than thirty (30) professional, skilled coaches working closely with participants

  • A community of more than one-hundred and twenty (120) dedicated families invested in the Mudcat experience

  • A robust scholarship program for talented players that would not otherwise be unable to participate in the program

  • A strong community service component allowing players to give back.


  • To provide talented youth with professional baseball and softball training to create players capable of competing at the highest levels

  • To provide players with athletic opportunities that build confidence, character and pride

  • To provide programming that touts inclusivity and diversity

  • To teach players to respect and love the games of baseball and softball

  • To instill the spirit of philanthropy in players.

  • To provide services that not only encompass athletics, but after-school programming as well

  • To provide a “home” and “safe haven” for youth where they can train, connect socially, become involved in their community, and learn to give back

  • To develop community partnerships that lead to valuable service opportunities for youth and their families

  • To build a connection among generations that focuses on sports, education and philanthropy