A little about our history... Jeffrey Siegel started the Global Baseball Youth Federation - a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization to achieve his personal desire to share the gospel through sports. Jeff was raised in a Jewish family in Chicago. He encountered Christ in 1976 while playing and coaching at the University of Illinois Baseball program. For some time Jeff scouted with the San Diego Padres and was privileged to make many connections in the world of Baseball. So when he felt led to share his faith it naturally began around Baseball.
Jeffrey's personal journey to becoming an ambassador of hope to others took him down a twisted and uneasy path (read about it in Jeff's autobiography - "A Reason to Hope"). Jeff worked as a professional instructor with the Doyle School of Baseball. The school owner, Brian Doyle, a 1978 World Series champion was also a Christ-follower interested in ministry. Brian eventually became a pastor of evangelism and his friendship with Jeff played a big role in the development of Jeff's personal ministry.
After ministering through Baseball camps to youth and their families Jeff developed a burden for young people to find Christ (just as he did) and for their families to be connected to a local church. So in the year 2000, Jeffrey decided to establish a Baseball-based non-profit which took him across the globe and eventually, others have joined his cause. Now the organization he started is positioned to make a lasting impact among many nations through Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball and other athletic programs.
A ministry that began with Baseball is now called Global Sports Federation Inc. The vision is to use various sports as the foundation for all sorts of ministry opportunities, to open doors for sharing the message of hope across the globe.