Passing the Game On

Miners Announce "Passing The Game On" Program

Miners Announce "Passing The Game On" Program

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have partnered with Rent One and River Radio to create Passing The Game On, a program to help make America's pastime accessible to under-resourced players and families across the Southern Illinois region.

As part of the program, the Miners will collect new and gently-used baseball and softball equipment at all Rent One stores throughout the region, as well as the box office at Rent One Park and the office at River Radio. Rent One Park is located at 1000 Miners Drive in Marion, while River Radio is located at 1431 Country Aire Drive in Carterville. The collection will begin immediately and last through January 20th, 2020. Our first distribution date will be released soon.

The Miners organization will then distribute this equipment to boys and girls across the region who desire to, but lack the equipment and/or resources to play. The first distribution date will be 2/29/2020 at 9:00AM at Rent One Park.

All new or gently used equipment is welcome for donation, including gloves, cleats, bats, helmets, catcher's gear, baseballs/softballs, and more.

"Our mission is to ensure that a lack of equipment never stops anyone from playing baseball or softball," said Mike Pinto, Chief Operating Officer of the Miners. "We share a passion for kids who want to play this great game, and thanks to the help of people who donate their used equipment, we can help kids all across the region play ball." 

For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499.

 Items accepted:

Fielding Gloves
Bats - wood/metal
Cleats - metal/molds
Batting Helmets
Baseballs or Softballs
Catchers gear - helmet, shin guards, chest protector

FAQ about Passing the Game On

Are the items available for anyone to receive? The Miners will not turn down anyone for an item (based on availability) but the intention is to help those who are in financial need.

Can I still donate items?  Yes, you can still drop off items at the Rent One Park Box Office, at any local Rent One store or at River Radio in Carterville.

When is the distribution date?  The distribution date is February 29th at 9:00AM at Rent One Park, 1000 Miners Drive, Marion, IL 62959.

Do I need to have a ticket or reservation for the distribution date?  No tickets or reservations will be issued for the event.  Items will be on a first come first serve bases.

Am I guaranteed to get an item(s)?  No, we can’t guarantee everyone will get the item they need.  Many items are based on size so there is no guarantee of availability.

How many items can I get?   We want all of those in need to receive the items they need to properly and safely play the game and provide this experience to as many as possible. 

I am not sure what size bat or glove my child needs?  The Miners will have staff who will be able to assist with fitting your child with the proper equipment.

Can I pick up an item before February 29th?  No items will not be available for distribution before Feb. 29th

Where do I go at the stadium on Feb. 29th? Rent One Park will be hosting college baseball games on the field that day too.  We ask that those coming for the distribution: Park on the West side of the stadium (near the Fairfield Inn) and come to the suite and media entrance gate.  There will be signs directing you to the pickup area.  Weather conditions at the time will determine where the distribution point is.

If I can not make the distribution pick up on February 29th what do I do?  After the event the Miners will post information about future ways to get items.