Beyond addressing the sports needs of our community, the Chicago Mudcats Sport and Social Club is dedicated to addressing our community’s social needs. As part of this mandate, the Chicago Mudcats requires that our players adhere to this ideal by being active citizens and providing service to others. It is our goal to produce players who are capable of competing at the highest levels, whether it be in sports, education, or service.
All Chicago Mudcat players are required to conduct a minimum of five service hours per season. Hours are tracked by coaching staff and players not meeting the required minimum may not be considered for a roster spot the following season. Mudcats have long-standing relationships with two non-profit organizations in the area - Roberto’s Kids & Bernie’s Book Bank. Each season, opportunities are made available to players to earn service hours by volunteering for these non-profits.
Our Service Partners
The Mudcats have partnered with Bernie’s Book Bank since 2011, collecting and donating more than 10,000 books to this not-for-profit that facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. In addition to collecting and donating books, Mudcat families travel to Bernie’s Distribution Center in Lake Bluff, Illinois bi-annually to volunteer at Bernie’s book distribution facility.
The Mudcats have partnered with Roberto’s Kids since 2010, donating countless bags of used uniforms, sports apparel, and sports equipment destined for players in need in third-world countries. These donations provide young boys and girls with the opportunity to play baseball while simultaneously bringing families together to build and develop a strong sense of community.
The Chicago Mudcats are always looking for additional service partnerships within our community to provide volunteer opportunities for our players and their families. If you are a Chicago-area nonprofit in need of volunteers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org