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Learn a little more about one of BTF’s third quarter grant recipients, the Northshore Amateur Sports Academy, Inc.
Northshore Amateur Sports Academy, Inc. (Gary, IN) was established in 2005 to provide year-round educational and recreational opportunities in the community. The academy provides baseball and softball camps and clinics, an all-sport camp and workshops to more than 800 children.
The grant will provide funding for equipment and player and coaches training material to support a learning and resource center, a groundskeeping academy for youth and coaches training and a college readiness program.
Check out the BTF Website to learn how your organization can apply for a grant!
Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) today announced the awarding of third quarter grants totaling more than $215,000 to six communities across the country, including: Gary, Indiana; Gonzales, Louisiana; Miami, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Portland, Maine; and Reidsville, Georgia. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a program formed by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, promotes the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses.
Today’s field maintenance tip of the day is about dugouts!
TIP: Dugout structures should be designed to hold a roster of 20 players plus coaches. This would require a dugout to be at least 60 feet long.
Dugouts are used to protect the players from inclement weather and to provide an area where they can rest while the opposing team is in the field.
YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL PLAYERS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD HEADING TO MLB ALL-STAR WEEK FOR JR. RBI CLASSIC!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2010
YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL PLAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
HEADING TO MLB ALL-STAR WEEK FOR JR. RBI CLASSIC
Friendly Round-Robin Tournament will be held July 9-12 on Fields throughout Anaheim Area
Major League Baseball will host the second annual Jr. RBI Classic, a friendly 40-game tournament consisting of eight baseball and four softball teams comprised of youth ages 11-12 from around the world, during 2010 MLB All-Star Week in Anaheim and surrounding areas. In 2009, Major League Baseball launched Jr. RBI as an expansion of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) presented by KPMG program.
Following are the RBI programs (and cities) participating in this year’s Jr. RBI Classic:
Angels RBI (Orange County, CA) – Baseball and Softball
Boys & Girls Club of Oakland RBI (Oakland, CA) – Baseball
Chicago Cubs Softball RBI (Chicago, IL) – Softball
Ciudad Deportiva Roberto Clemente RBI (Carolina, Puerto Rico) – Softball
Louisiana RBI (Baton Rouge, LA) – Baseball
Minnesota Twins RBI (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) – Baseball
Marlins RBI (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL) – Baseball
Milwaukee Boys & Girls Club/Brewers RBI (Milwaukee, WI) – Baseball
Nobu Yamauchi RBI (Hilo, HI) – Softball
San Diego Jr. RBI (San Diego, CA) – Baseball
West Michigan Whitecaps/YMCA RBI (Grand Rapids, MI) – Baseball
“The RBI program’s mission is to provide young people in underserved communities with opportunities to play baseball and softball. The creation of Jr. RBI has allowed Major League Baseball to positively impact the lives of a larger group of young players,” said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. “This trip to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be an educational experience that will offer these young people with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” In addition to the games, the youth will be participating in FanFest Legends clinics; will receive uniforms, equipment and All-Star Game apparel; and will attend MLB All-Star Week events including the XM All-Star Futures Game, Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and the State Farm Home Run Derby.
In 2009, Major League Baseball launched the Jr. RBI playing divisions of the RBI presented by KPMG program to provide opportunities for young people ages 5 to 12 in underserved communities to play baseball and softball. The RBI program is designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, teach the value of teamwork and encourage academic success. With the addition of Jr. RBI and the continued growth of the overall RBI program – together equaling increased opportunities for underserved youth around the world – the RBI program has seen a substantial amount of growth over the past year. Overall, the RBI program had a 35% increase in the number of leagues around the world and an 18% increase in participants.
In 2010, there are projected to be more than 300 RBI leagues and 175,000 participants in more than 200 cities around the world. Of these, Jr. RBI currently has over 50,000 kids playing baseball and softball. For more information please visit http://www.mlb.com/rbi.
About the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 13th in Anaheim and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Atthe ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on Sunday, July 11 featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 12 featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike, a charity run/walk on a baseball-themed route to benefit four cancer organizations; and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy, a free parade of All-Stars through the streets of Anaheim, which will be broadcast on MLB Network. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2010 All-Star Summer, visit www.AllStarGame.com.
Contact: Dan Queen or Steve Arocho, Major League Baseball, (212) 931-7878
In support of the ongoing commitment to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is teaming up with MLB Clubs to host equipment collection drives at the stadiums during the 2010 season.
Chris Young (Arizona Diamondbacks) helped present a 5,000 dollar check on Chase Field! (Below) The grant was given in Chris Young’s name in honor of his commitment to youth baseball and softball.
Fans are invited to donate new and used equipment as well as cash donations which will benefit local organizations.
In conjunction with the equipment drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award $5,000 to each local organization selected by the Clubs for the purchase of new equipment.
The grant will be given in the name of a player on each team in honor of his commitment to youth baseball and softball.
This year marks the sixth season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has collaborated with Major League Baseball Clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs.
Last year, over 17,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $175,000 in monetary contributions were donated to youth baseball and softball organizations in Major League markets in conjunction with the Equipment Day initiative.
To date, over 67,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $800,000 in cash donations has benefited organizations in need.
MLB just released this press release about BTF.
BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND
DISTRIBUTES GRANTS PROVIDING
BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL RELATED FUNDING
TO SEVEN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) today announced the awarding of quarterly grants to seven communities across the country including: Avenal, CA; Delano, CA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Lawndale, CA; Miami, FL; Newark, NJ; and Richmond, VA. BTF grants help fund programs, field/facility improvements and equipment purchases that help increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball.
“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is pleased to award funding to these seven deserving communities from around the country,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “An important step in encouraging youth to participate in baseball and softball is maintaining the quality of equipment, facilities and programs, and we are honored to play a supporting role in the efforts of these outstanding organizations.”
Following are details for each community’s BTF grant:
- City of Avenal (Avenal, CA): The grant will provide funding for the purchase of equipment and uniforms to help establish a new girl’s softball program. Along with the City of Avenal, the program will be launched with the help of the local youth service organization, Responsible Athletes Program (RAP), to address the lack of recreational opportunities for girls in the community. The City of Avenal supports local baseball and softball leagues with the use of city-owned fields and facilities.
- City of Delano (Delano, CA): The grant will provide funding for a field renovation at Morningside Park, including a backstop, fencing, a scoreboard and bleachers. The renovations will transform an existing youth field into regulation size to support growth of the local baseball and softball programs. The City of Delano has provided organized recreational opportunities including youth baseball and softball to children for more than 50 years.
- City of Ft. Lauderdale (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): The grant will provide funding for the purchase of equipment and uniforms for the participants of the Carter Park baseball program, established for at-risk youth residing in the Carter Park area. The program is run by the City of Ft. Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department and the Front Porch/Dorsey Riverbend Revitalization Council, which will sponsor clinics, fundraising efforts and the marketing of the program.
- Tripark Little League (Lawndale, CA): The grant will provide funding for field renovation costs including fencing, infield mix and sod for the renovation of the youth baseball field located on Lawndale School District property to support its plans to increase participation by adding a second 12 year-old and younger girl’s softball team and a 4 to 6 year-old program. Founded more than 50 years ago, Tripark Little League currently utilizes two youth fields for its program of 300 players.
- Miami Chiefs Baseball, Inc. (Miami, FL): The grant will match local fundraising efforts for registration fees and travel expenses for proposed tournaments in 2010 to increase tournament opportunities for low-income. Founded in 2005, Miami Chiefs Baseball, Inc. provides baseball skills training, conditioning, strength development, tournament exposure and educational counseling.
- North Newark Little League (Newark, NJ): The grant will provide funding for the purchase of batting cages, pitching tunnels and related equipment for a new indoor practice facility located adjacent to the recently renovated Kasberger Field Complex, an artificial turf, multi-use field that includes three youth baseball fields, serving youth the league and the local RBI program. The BTF grant will also help fund expenses for coaches training clinics.
- Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond (Richmond, VA): The grant will provide funding for the construction of a youth baseball field at its Bain-bridge branch. The field will replace an under-utilized youth baseball field and will replicate Fenway Park, featuring an artificial surface. The project will support the growth of an after-school program for 6 to 12 year-olds residing in select neighborhoods of south Richmond. The program is also supported by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the City of Richmond.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund promotes the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded over 450 grants totaling more than $17 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Approximately 180,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the Fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund receives approximately 500 applications each year and awards grants on a quarterly basis after a selective review process. For more information, visit www.baseballtomorrowfund.com.
Contact: Steve Arocho or Dan Queen, Major League Baseball, (212) 931-7878
Greg Bouris, Major League Baseball Players Association, (212) 826-0808