BASEBALLERS AGAINST DRUGS
BASEBALLERS AGAINST DRUGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by former ballplayer Jim Dantona and dedicated to "focusing the energy of today's youth into positive thinking and action." BAD has hosted hundreds of free baseball clinics across the country, appeared at Red Ribbon Days and League openings, participated in church and school special events, bringing together professional ballplayers and young people. While teaching the fundamental skills of the game, BAD reinforces some fundamental lessons in life with its anti-drug, anti-gang, pro-education message while stressing character, self-discipline, self-respect and self-esteem.
Over 300 current and former professional baseball players have lent their time, energy and names to BAD, including Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Orlando Cepeda as well as 2-time National League Batting Champion Tommy Davis, who now serves as BAD's Director of Player Relations.
Founder Jim Dantona was awarded the prestigious FBI Community Leadership Award and BAD was the proud recipient of Volunteer Organization of the Year honors from the Association of Fundraising Professionals on National Philanthropy Day.