02/11/2005 5:56 PM ET
BTF grants help 11 organizations
NEW YORK -- As part of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to increase youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded grants totaling more than $550,000 to 11 organizations throughout the continental United States during the fourth quarter of 2004. The grants are expected to benefit nearly 3,000 youth. A complete list of grantees is below.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants are designed to be sufficiently flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities. Grant applications are reviewed and processed on a quarterly basis throughout the fiscal year. Grants are utilized for a wide array of projects including field renovations, new field construction, and equipment purchases.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball, is designed to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by offering financial assistance to help organizations support youth involvement in baseball and softball. Since its inception in 1999, Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded grants benefiting nearly 88,000 youth participating in more than 150 baseball and softball programs across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands and Europe.
The following organizations were awarded Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants during Q4 2004:
-- Amarillo Family YMCA - Amarillo, Tex. - The Amarillo Family YMCA serves over 8,000 children in all sports programs and youth activities annually. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding for the purchase of player and field maintenance equipment to support the expansion of the program and facility. This project is expected to expand the youth baseball program by 300 new players and create a girls fast pitch softball program.
-- Assumption Parish Police Jury - Napoleonville, La. - The Assumption Parish Police Jury Office of Housing and Community Development provides social services and administers federal, state and charitable grants and programs. The organization developed a youth baseball program, "Batters Up," targeted to high-risk children. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding to purchase equipment and uniforms and renovate the youth baseball field at Dorseyville Park. This project is expected to create recreational opportunities for approximately 175 children, ages 5-18
-- City of Angels Little League - Los Angeles, Calif. - In collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Little League Urban Initiative Program, the City of Angels Little League (CALL) will build a youth ballfield on the campus of Los Angeles High School. CALL provides youth baseball programs to children living in the Los Angeles communities of Wilshire, Hancock Park and Larchmont. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding for the construction of a new Little League field, which will serve approximately 120 children, ages 5-14
-- City of Coolidge - Coolidge, Ariz. - The City of Coolidge will develop a 20-acre park which will include two youth baseball fields and two youth softball fields. This new park will replace Regional Park, the only multi-use park in the city, which has been temporarily closed due to environmental contamination. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will support the construction of the fields. The fields are utilized by the Coolidge Little League and an after-school program, ACTFAST. Approximately 800 children, ages 5-17, will benefit from the new fields.
-- City of Woodburn - Woodburn, Ore. - The City of Woodburn provides youth baseball facilities for various programs, as well as t-ball and "coaches pitch" programs. Centennial Park is a 25-acre sports park that will include four youth baseball/softball fields. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding for the construction of the regulation baseball field at Centennial Park. This project will facilitate the expansion of the baseball and softball programs, benefiting approximately 200 children, ages 6-18.
-- Dixie Little League, Inc. - Houston, Texas - Established in 1950, the Dixie Little League provides youth baseball programs to the Latino community of Houston's southeast side. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding to fence a youth baseball field to allow year-round programming for approximately 500 players, ages 5-16.
-- King Philip Little League - Bristol, R.I. - The King Philip Little League manages t-ball and youth baseball programs at the Veteran's Memorial Park Athletic Complex. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding for the renovation of two fields at the complex. Renovations will include infield and outfield renovations, fencing, scoreboards, dugouts and maintenance equipment. This project will increase field availability for the Major Division players, ages 9-12.
-- Little Rock Boys & Girls Club - Little Rock, Ark. - The Little Rock Boys & Girls Club provides youth baseball and softball programs to disadvantaged youth. Partnering with the City of Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, the club will add an RBI program for boys 16-18 as well as girls' softball at two branches. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding for the renovation of one baseball and one softball field at the Lamar Porter Athletic Fields and one baseball field at Dalton Whetstone Boys & Girls Club. This project will increase participation in the RBI and softball program by nearly 100 youth, ages 10-18. The fields also will serve the Little Rock Catholic High School, various high school softball teams and tournaments held by the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department.
-- North Little Rock Parks and Recreation - North Little Rock, Ark. - The North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department will implement a new after-school baseball program. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding for the purchase of equipment for the program. This program will provide new recreational opportunities for 90 children, ages 5-15.
-- Poarch Band of Creek Indians - Atmore, Ala. - Poarch Band of Creek Indian Tribe is the only federally recognized Native American tribe within the state of Alabama. The tribe has 2,264 members. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide funding for batting cages and pitching machines for more than 100 children.
-- School District Twenty Seven J - Brighton, Colo. - School District Twenty Seven J will renovate the Central Brighton Baseball Complex located adjacent to the Brighton High School and Vikan Middle School. The complex has four youth fields, one t-ball field, one softball field and three baseball fields. The recreation project is a partnership of the school district, the City of Brighton, and the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club. A Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant will provide lighting and bleachers for the Duke White Baseball Field, which serves approximately 100 boys, ages 13-18. The complex also will benefit the Brighton Youth Baseball Association, the Brighton Amateur Baseball Association, Brighton Public Schools baseball and softball teams.