An American Dream of Swedish Baseball Kids

Make the dream of a life time come true for a Swedish Youth Baseball Team!


Baseball is an extremely small sport in Sweden and finds it self in the shadow of especially soccer and ice hockey. All in all there are no more than just shy of a thousand active players in all of Sweden! However the passion and the love of the game stays the same and our youth players really live and breath baseball! They are 100% devoted to the sport 24/7. We would really like to give them a chance to experience baseball for real - in the US.

We have, as a club, worked long and hard to save money to make this trip (45% of funding). In addition our players and coaches will contribute themselves for the journey of a lifetime (30% of funding). However we are still a bit short of making this dream come true for the kids and we kindly ask for your help in this (25% of funding)! The fund raising will be divided into three main areas; Crowd Funding (SEK 75,000), Organizational Sponsorship (SEK 50,000) and Community scholarships/grants (SEK25.000)

Our plan is to go to Wheaton in Chicago, Illinois next year in June for this 10 day magical adventure. It will be about 40 youth players, ages 9-16 and their coaches. During this time we intend to:

* Train on proper baseball fields and full scope facilities
* Tap into the US coaching resources
* Practice, play games and interact with local teams
* Catch MLB/MiLB ball games
* Meet new friends from another culture
* Follow in the footsteps of the Swedish immigrants of the 19th century
* Host a traditional Swedish Midsummer Celebration on June 22nd

...and much, much more!

Donor Rewards (actual level + all levels below):


  - Donor thank you note.

  - Pre-trip recognition email
  - Post-trip travel tale email including a photo slide show

  - Daily updates during trip June 2019
  - Name in Team Travel Photo Book (if public donor)

  - Personalized video message from the trip by our youth baseball section
  - Invite to and free participation in Slowpitch tournament in Karlskoga Sweden summer 2019 or
  - Invite to and free participation in Midsummer Celebration in Chicago (IL) on June 22nd 2019
  - Exclusive Donor Certificate with Gold Seal (Free shipment to US and Europe, other countries on a case by case basis)

  - Personalized Instagram recognition post (if public contributor)
  - Exclusive name box in Team Travel Photo Book (if public contributor)
  - Signed Team photo (Free shipment to US and Europe, other countries on case by case basis)

  - Name included in video recognition on social media (post trip)
  - Limited Edition Bats USA 2019 T-shirt (Free shipment to US and Sweden, other countries on case by case basis)

   - Signed Photo book from the trip (Free shipment to US and Europe, other countries on case by case basis)
  - Life time honorary member at Karlskoga Bats Baseball Club

  - Brass plaque with donor name at the Karlskoga Bats stadium
  - Replika Bats Game Jersey with Custom Name

Donations (0)

  • Paul Waterman 
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
  • Tony Persson 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Mark Joseph 
    • $25 
    • 9 mos
  • Johan Billgren 
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • Alexandra Johansson 
    • $50 
    • 9 mos

Organizer and beneficiary 

Jesper Joelsson 
Killeen, TX
Philip Miller 
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