SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Bears Baseball Club started with a group of kids in the Eastlake neighborhood.
Many of the boys were children who unfortunately weren’t invited to play for the area’s most popular club teams.
They formed their own team and faced those same teams. At the start, they regularly blew themselves up, losing every game by a large number of points.
But after hard work and dedication, the California Bears Baseball Club won their first tournament in 2010, and nine more later that year!
They tell KUSI that over the next six seasons that first class of Bears players, who nobody wanted, won over 90% of their games. 8 of our players in this first class of 2010 were drafted by Major League teams.
Over 50 of the kids in our program have won college scholarships, including schools such as: UCLA, USC, Princeton, and San Diego State.
The Bears have never been a “lucrative” organization. They say they want to create fond childhood memories and help kids achieve their dreams through baseball. The Bears are doing their best to keep costs low and affordable. At the same time, they have a lot of kids drafted by Major League teams and a lot more going to be playing college baseball.
The California Bears are working with Jake’s Projects (named after trainer Jake Palet’s late son) to help families and children in all sports. Funds are raised for families who cannot afford the fees to play sports for young people. Jake was an original Californian bear and trainer at the time of his death in 2018.
Coach Palet and the California Bears Baseball Club joined KUSI’s Paul Rudy on the KUSI News patio to discuss their influential journey to becoming champions.
For more information visit: CaliforniaBearsBaseballClub.com