On Sunday, December 11th, BTF Executive Director Cathy Bradley presented Raiders Baseball, Inc. a check for $43,758.77 at the Winter League All-Star Game held at Isidoro GarcŪa Baseball Stadium in MayagŁez, Puerto Rico. The funds will be used to purchase baseball equipment to support additional teams and field equipment for the Raiders’ complex in the Municipality of Bayamon.
Raiders Baseball, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides year-round baseball instruction to develop future college players at a complex in the Municipality of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The organization has served 300 players since it began in 2007 with funding from player participation fees and private donations. To date, 14 players have received college baseball scholarships to U.S. universities. The organization plans to expand the program by adding four teams in new 11-12 year old and 9-10 year old categories in January 2011.
Earlier this spring, the Major League Baseball Groundskeepers and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund selected Austin Reagan High School baseball field in Austin, TX, for their annual renovation service project.
The renovation is under process and the unveiling ceremony will take place on Tuesday, January 10, 2011. With the leadership of Houston Astros Director of Field Operations, Dan Bergstrom and approximately 23 grounds crews representatives from MLB clubs have overseen the complete renovation of the playing surface during the summer and fall months.
To see the work being done at the field, click here. And, remember to check back in early January to view photos of the official unveiling.
Each year, the Major League Groundskeepers convene for Industry meetings, during which the Groundskeepers go into a community and renovate a baseball field that is in need of repair. This year, aided by a grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and with donations of supplies and labor from three major sponsors (Toro, Turface Athletics and Covermaster Incorporated), the Groundskeepers have joined forces to complete the renovation of this field.