What began as a vision and dream, became a 24/7 labor of love for Bob Salomon of Howell, New Jersey. A year and a half later, this labor of love has touched the lives of many people across the country.
A father and former little league coach, Salomon has been the driving force behind the efforts to publish and promote A Glove of Their Own, a heart-warming book about the innocence of kids playing baseball in the park. However, the message and vision go far beyond the book itself. The book aims to teach children the value of sharing what you have with those in need.
“For every book sold we donate $3.30,” Salomon said. “The whole theme of the book is giving and we use baseball as the vehicle to give.”
Involved with the book are now 40 charities and non-profits. The charities receive three dollars for every book sold, while the non-profits, who are geared to providing sports equipment for kids, receive $.30 for each book that is sold.
“I look for charities that have to deal with children, because they’re the whole passion behind the book,” Salomon said.
Despite the current success of the book, things were not too easy at the beginning.
“Getting the book published was a whole ordeal, but I finally convinced someone that I had a winner on my hands and found someone who believed in the whole package of giving back.” Salomon said.
The book was published seven months ago by Franklin Mason Press, who use many of their other books as a vehicle to donate to charities as well.
A Glove of Their Own is a children’s book that depicts a group of kids as they play baseball in a park. The kids use sticks for bases and draw the score in the dirt. An old man watches the kids play baseball and brings them some equipment to use, with a tear in his eye, as he remembered the days when he played the game as a kid.
Not everyone in the book has a glove to play with, but with the help and success of the book, far fewer children will be without a glove of their own.
Brilliantly illustrated, the book is perfect for any family that reads to their kids before bed, or simply anyone who wants to give back to a worthy cause.
Anyone interested in joining the cause or ordering a copy of the book can go to the official website www.agloveoftheirown.com. The website provides a unique experience for its visitors who want to contribute. Use the charity code BLC 114 and $3.00 will be donated to the Grand Slam We Care Foundation, the official charity of the Lakewood BlueClaws.
“When you go to the site and buy the book, there’s a drop-down menu to choose where you’d like the extra three dollars to go to,” Salomon said. “I want these charities to get big checks, so I’m really forcing the website.”
With a number of media outlets and professional athletes involved, the A Glove of Their Own vision is taking off, but for Salomon, the journey doesn’t end here. “I want this book to be No. 1 in the country,” he said. “It will not be a one hit wonder either, this book is going to be a classic.”
In the future, Salomon will continue to keep working to promote A Glove of Their Own but also mentioned that a new book will be coming in the future with a focus on football.