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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.
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