Saturday, October 1…is the deadline for submitting a formal BTF application for the October-December review cycle.
*Note: Application deadlines are for applications only. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at anytime; however, please allow at least one month for the review of a letter of inquiry. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.
As a reminder, the New York Mets will be collecting new or gently used baseball equipment at Citi Field on Saturday, September 24. The collection site will be located near the main entrance at the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
In addition to the collection, BTF will award a $5,000 grant to the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance - the on-field check presentation will take place prior of the start of the game.
NY Mets outfielder Mike Baxter visited the MLB Fan Cave a few weeks back to encourage donations, click below to view!
In 2010, a BTF grant was given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond to fund the artificial turf and drainage system, infield construction, fencing, earthwork and concrete for a new field to be used by RBI and Rookie League programs.
Cathy Bradley will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, September 19 at 4PM. Directly following the ceremony, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation staff will conduct a youth baseball clinic on the new ball field. Over 100 youth will take part in the clinic.
“Everyone in attendance will see first-hand how we use the game of baseball to transform attitudes, behaviors and futures of the kids we serve, ” said Chuck Brady, Vice President of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “Baseball provides positive and healthy alternatives to delinquent activities in this high-risk neighborhood.”
CAL RIPKEN, SR. FOUNDATION PRESS CONFERENCE & RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT NEW YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PARK IN RICHMOND
Field to Provide Underserved Youth in the City of Richmond a Clean and Safe Place to Play and Learn
WHAT: Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will be gifting the new Youth Development Park to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond – Southside Club.
BILL RIPKEN – 12-year Major League Baseball veteran, MLB Network Broadcaster & Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Founder
STEVE SALEM – President, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
CHUCK BRADY – Vice President, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
RICHARD NOVEMBER – Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
TODD McFARLANE – President/CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond
CATHY BRADLEY – Executive Director, Baseball Tomorrow Fund
BEN TUCKER – Deputy Director, Office of National Drug Control
JANICE WEINMAN – President, Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)
CHRIS BLAKE – Senior Vice President, Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)
THE HONORABLE MARLA DECKER – Virginia Secretary of Public Safety
WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2011
4 p.m. – Press Conference & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond – Southside Club
2409 Bainbridge Street (Richmond, VA 23225)
WHY: The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has completed a multipurpose Youth Development Park located at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond, on the border of the Bainbridge and Blackwell neighborhoods. The field will provide underserved young people in Richmond a safe place to play and participate in character development programs. Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) will be providing a truck full of new product during the Richmond ribbon cutting, as well as for additional on-going programs throughout the year.
The new complex is designed to host family and community outings and will offer many features to encourage and support daily physical fitness activities for the entire community including a running track and eight exercise stations.
This initiative is part of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s “Swing for the Future” campaign, which was developed to provide at-risk youth in select neighborhoods safe places to play and learn. The goal is to develop several unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf provided by AstroTurf, which will provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States.
Grand Opening Ceremony at Salt Lake Park Highlights Donation
HUNTINGTON PARK, CA, Sept. 14, 2011 – In October 2010 the City of Huntington Park was awarded a grant in the amount of $57,386 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant supported the Salt Lake Park ball fields improvement project and provided funding for a batting cage.
The BTF grant allowed the city to construct a two-lane batting cage that includes two professional-level pitching machines. The project will directly benefit the local community by providing one of the only batting cage facilities in the area. The batting cage, which features one hitting lane for baseball and one for softball, will give children in the city’s youth baseball and softball leagues a new resource to help with their development. The facility also will be made available to the public.
“The completion of this project marks the realization of a dream for this organization and the community as a whole,” says Josette Espinosa, director of parks and recreation for the city. “Through the support of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, this new batting cage will give our local youth players greater opportunities to develop as athletes and, ultimately, as people.”
“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund appreciates Huntington Park’s dedication to this project and, more importantly, to the children which it serves,” added Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “We are proud to have supported the growth of youth baseball and softball in this community.”
To celebrate the completion of the project, the City of Huntington Park will hold a grand opening ceremony at the Salt Lake Park baseball fields (3401 E. Florence Ave. in Huntington Park) on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at 4 p.m. Former MLB player Jay Johnstone and Kenny Landreaux will participate in the festivities, along with the Huntington Park City Council, city officials, and players and coaches from the city’s youth baseball and softball leagues.
The unofficial end of summer is here… Labor Day weekend. But, baseball and Equipment Day collections are still in “full swing”!
BTF will be traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs Equipment Day collections this Saturday, September 3. If you are in or around Busch Stadium or Wrigley Field, please stop by to drop off new/gently used equipment.
This year, the St. Louis Cardinals selected the City of Berkeley Parks to receive the equipment donation and $5,000 award from BTF to purchase new equipment. The Cubs have chosen the Humboldt Park Youth League that serves nearly 400 children ages 3-14. For more information on the Cubs collection, click here.
Please note: The New York Mets have rescheduled their collection drive to Saturday, September 24.