Ten Mann Packing Co. employees helped distribute 500 baseball gloves to children in the Salinas Junior Giants Little League on the season’s opening day.

Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing has sponsored the league for three years. Play started June 29 at El Dorado Park in Salinas.

Junior Giants has 20,000 participants in California and Oregon. Baseball skills aren’t the organization’s only topic. The program provides instruction on healthy nutrition and reading programs, and the opening ceremony included an anti-bullying pledge.

This year’s signup was the largest to date, Susan Cameron, Mann Packing marketing coordinator, said in a news release.

“We are so proud to be part of this great program for our community and we want to make sure all the children who participate are able to — and have the right equipment,” she said.