The Cardboard to LeatherTMprogram was inspired by an article by Baltimore Sun sportswriter John Eisenberg that appeared in The Baltimore Sun in 1992. Eisenberg traveled to the Dominican Republic on an unrelated assignment, and while there he observed kids playing baseball with makeshift equipment: tree limbs for bats and cardboard wrapped with tape for gloves. He decided to write about what he saw. After reading Eisenberg's article, the Oriole Advocates decided to do something to get decent equipment to the kids.
Since the program started, the Oriole Advocates have distributed over 80 tons of equipment. Little Leagues, local recreation departments, individual baseball fans, and various other groups donate equipment throughout the year, in addition to the collections held at Camden Yards and other baseball stadiums. The gear is distributed, based on the greatest need, to schools, orphanages, community groups, and hospitals. The material is owned by the group, not distributed to individuals; that way, the equipment can be shared, and more kids get an opportunity to use it.
Financial donations, annual raffles, and silent auctions held throughout the year help defray the costs of storage and shipment of the collected equipment.
Print the file on the right to make your own C2LTM tri-fold flyer. In your Print Properties choose Landscape mode; under Print on Both Sides, choose Flip on Short Edge. Print then fold for your OACB tri-fold flyer!
If your printer does not offer the Print on Both Sides option, print the files on the right to make your own C2LTM tri-fold flyer. First, in landscape mode, print the file on the top right. Then, take that printout and put it back into the paper feeder so that you can print the second part of the flyer on the back of what you just printed. Position the part of the flyer with the C2LTM logo, picture of glove/bat/balls, and the Oriole Advocates logos so that it is closest to the paper feeder and face up. Then, print the file on the bottom right. Now, fold to make your own C2LTMtri-fold flyer!