YMCA of Avery County provides recreational and wellness programs in rural Avery County, North Carolina. The YMCA supports existing youth baseball and softball programs including a Little League program, middle school and high school programs. The YMCA's new John M. Blackburn Indoor Athletic Facility will consist of a fieldhouse and two high school regulation gymnasiums. The fieldhouse will be equipped for training in pitching, fielding and batting, including four retractable batting cages. A BTF grant will provide funding for the installation and equipment for four batting cages in the indoor facility.
The Putnam County Recreation Department serves Eatonton, Georgia and surrounding communities. The county provides youth baseball and softball at its main complex featuring five youth fields. In 2016, the county added a baseball division for 16-18 year olds. A BTF grant will provide funding for the replacement of existing, unsafe field lighting with Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment on three youth fields at the Putnam County Recreation Complex.
Goldsboro High School (GHS) serves 500 students in inner city Goldsboro, North Carolina. The school offers 18 athletic teams across three seasons. In addition, GHS fields a summer league team comprised of students in grades 8- 11. In 2016, the school and volunteers began to renovate the baseball field which had fallen into disrepair. A BTF grant will provide funding to complete the renovations including the backstop and batting cage. The field will allow the school to add JV baseball and support the growth of the program.
The Keokuk Community School District serves approximately 2,000 students in Keokuk, Iowa. The school district offers high school baseball and softball teams and works with the local youth leagues by providing clinics to 300 players ages 5-13. The school district works with the city to share fields and facilities. The existing city-owned baseball/softball sports complex currently has a regulation baseball field, softball field, concession stand and restroom. A BTF grant will provide funding for the construction of an indoor practice facility at the baseball/softball complex to support participation growth by providing year-round practice opportunities.
Grady High School is a public school in Atlanta, Georgia serving 1,400 students. The school fields a boys' JV and varsity team, as well as a girls' softball team. The school allows 8th graders from its feeder school, Inman Middle School, to play in the high school program. The school is currently working to form a relationship with USSSA baseball to help fund upgrades to a nearby city park to be utilized for the school's home games and practice. A BTF grant will provide funding for the construction of a covered batting cage on the school campus to address the need for regular practice opportunities.
ARcare is a primary health care system in 13 counties in Arkansas and Kentucky. ARcare manages the baseball/softball program in Woodriff County. The program has grown to include more than 100 children 12 years and under with T Ball, Softball, and Baseball. All programs are free-of-cost to the players. A BTF grant will provide funding for the renovation of the youth fields at Stanley Park Baseball Complex and for the purchase of field maintenance equipment, player equipment and uniforms to support the growth of the program.
Church Point High School is a public high school in Church Point, Louisiana. The school partners with the town of Church Point and Acadia Parish to promote and provide baseball and softball programs. The school recently constructed a regulation baseball field on its campus. In addition to the high school teams, the Louisiana Prospects Academy and the local recreation teams will use the field. A BTF grant will provide funding for the installation of Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment on the field to address the need for a lighted baseball field and to support participation growth.
For more than 40 years, Northside Cal Ripken (NCRL) provides youth baseball for children 12 years old and younger in Charlottesville, Virginia. The league provides Beginner T-Ball, Advanced T-Ball, Jr. Rookie, Rookie, Minor and Major as well as league play in both the Fall and Spring seasons. Recognizing a gap in the local baseball community, the league launched a 13 and 14-15 division in Fall 2016. A BTF grant will provide funding for the installation of Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment to a youth baseball field, Carson Raymond Field to support this fast-growing program.
For over 60 years, the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation (FCPR) department has been involved in baseball and softball programming for the youth of Fayetteville and Cumberland County in North Carolina. The city works with various youth baseball/softball leagues, primarily providing facilities. Its Buddy Sports program began in 2011. The program offers four sports: Spring Baseball, Summer Soccer, Fall Flag Football and Winter Basketball. The program served 65 players in 2016. A BTF grant will provide funding for the renovation of an existing, natural grass youth field into an accessible field with a rubberized playing surface at Massey Hill Recreation Center.
Camden County PSA Leisure Service Department provides leisure and recreational opportunities for the citizens of Camden County, Georgia including the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. It provides recreational T-ball, baseball, and softball programs, and serves travel teams, outside leagues, and tournaments, serving over 650 children. A BTF grant will provide funding for new player safety and training equipment to replace outdated equipment. This new equipment will support continued participation growth.
The City of Pickens Recreation Department and Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation utilize four baseball/softball fields to provide youth sports programs and facilities to the citizens of Pickens, South Carolina. A BTF grant will be used to purchase an infield groomer to improve field conditions and to easy on-going maintenance to encourage participation in the local programs.
Ewing Township Little League, Inc. (ELL) in New Jersey provides recreational baseball for girls and boys ages 3-13. Programs are offered year-round including Fall Ball, Winter Clinics, Spring Season and Summer All-Stars. It offers Tee-Ball, Coach Pitch, Majors, Minors and 50/70 Baseball. ELL owns and maintains Fasolino Field consisting of a youth field and practice field. A BTF grant will be used for the installation of Musco Lighting equipment on the youth field. This lighting will replace the existing inoperable lighting fixtures to support the continued growth of the league.
Roxana CUSD #1 serves Roxana, Illinois and surrounding communities. The school district works with the Roxana Recreation Department to provide summer youth baseball and softball programs. During the summer months, the high school baseball team hosts a youth camp for 3rd to 9th graders and organizes a high school team. A BTF will be used for renovations to the Roxana High School Baseball Field including improvements to the playing surface, dugouts and storage area. The renovations will increase player safety and participation, benefitting over 500 children.
Willis Sports Association, Inc. in the Vero Beach, Florida offers programs for children 12 and under and training opportunities for players up to 18, serving approximately 100 players from the surrounding communities. In 2016, its Florida Dodgers Baseball Program became affiliated with Major League Baseball's RBI program. A BTF grant will be used for the purchase of equipment and uniforms to support the growth of the program.
Yankton Baseball Association (YBA) serves youth ages 13-18 in Yankton, South Dakota. YBA and Mount Marty College share the use and maintenance of Riverside Park Baseball Field. This field accommodates 12 local baseball teams with more than 175 players. More than 250 games are played on this field each year. A BTF grant will be used to install Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment on the field to replace outdated, unsafe lighting.
Yakutat, Alaska is a remote fishing village on the Gulf of Alaska. Baseball is its primary summer sport. A BTF grant will be used to renovate the Yakutat Recreation Facility Ball Field and purchase equipment to support the youth baseball and softball program.
The City of Passaic, New Jersey serves 3,000 youth baseball and softball players in its recreation programs, private leagues and travel teams. In 2016, the City of Passaic entered the RBI program and plans to integrate its efforts with the Passaic High School baseball program to host coaches and skills clinics. A BTF grant will be used to renovate the existing field at Christopher Columbus Park into a regulation baseball field with synthetic turf.
The City of Pleasant Hill, Missouri provides opportunities to 35-40 youth baseball and softball teams with 400 players. Its baseball complex has two fields that accommodate all levels including the local high school baseball and softball teams. A BTF grant will be used to construct a youth baseball/softball field in the complex to meet the demand for field space.
The Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington serves over 1,000 children in the inner-city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It offers a baseball program, utilizing one field on its campus. A BTF grant will be used to purchase field maintenance equipment and a scoreboard. This project will allow the club to improve the condition and safety of the field.
Gordon-Rushville American Legion Baseball serves over 100 kids in rural Gordon and Rushville, Nebraska and the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation. The program utilizes one regulation baseball field and two youth fields. A BTF grant will be used to renovate the fields to provide quality playing surfaces that will allow increased field availability.
Harlem RBI in New York City provides inner-city youth with free-of-charge afterschool and summer programs, integrating baseball with academic and social support. Harlem RBI currently serves 1,700 kids in East Harlem and the South Bronx. A BTF grant will be used to construct a synthetic turf, youth baseball field at Patterson Park in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx.
The City of Nampa Parks and Recreation Department in Idaho offers T-ball, boys' baseball and girls' softball for kids ages 4-14, serving approximately 1,000 kids. The city plans to construct a new community park, Midway Park, a multi-phase, baseball/softball park. A BTF grant of will be used to construct four youth baseball/softball fields to serve the growing program and community.
Founded in 1977, the Sundsvall Baseball Softball Club Mosquitoes is a volunteer-run organization in Sundsvall, Sweden. Its baseball complex, consisting of a baseball and softball/youth baseball field, serves one of Sweden's largest programs for kids ages 8-19. A BTF grant will be used to construct an indoor facility which will include two batting cages/pitching tunnels, locker rooms, a cafeteria and a meeting area to provide year-round training opportunities.
The City of La Vergne, Tennessee operates the local youth league, consisting of over 600 players, and provides clinics and free pitching lessons. A BTF grant will be used to purchase equipment and uniforms to support the La Verne Youth Baseball and Softball League to support the continued growth of the program.
The Waterville Area YMCA in Waterville, Maine provides youth baseball and softball opportunities to 17 in-house recreation teams utilizing three baseball fields, including a replica mini-Fenway Park. A BTF grant will be used for the re-construction of Purnell Little League Field into a mini-Wrigley Field. The field will consist of synthetic turf, Boston ivy and a replica scoreboard. This project will serve over 500 youth players.
The World Baseball Academy (WBA) in Fort Wayne, Indiana provides skills development, leadership training, youth programs, tournaments, practice facilities and international trips to youth baseball and softball players. WBA operates a sports facility which includes an indoor facility and three baseball fields used by more than 40 youth sports organizations. A BTF grant will be used to install Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment on the three regulation baseball fields that will be renovated. This project will benefit over 3,000 players, aged 3-18.
The Boston Astros Baseball Club and its program, the BASE, provides baseball, softball and educational programming to inner city youth players in Boston, Massachusetts. BASE serves over 600 youth in summer and fall leagues, on travel and tournament teams, and with free winter baseball and softball training and conditioning. All BASE programs are provided at no cost to the participants. In 2016, the BASE created a girls' baseball program consisting of 250 players. A BTF grant will be used to purchase uniforms and equipment to support the girls' baseball program and the expansion of the boys' baseball program.
The City of Bullhead City, Arizona serves over 500 players in the local Little League, ASA Girls' Softball, club travel teams and school district programs by providing fields, concessions and field maintenance. The city is developing a new community park, Rotary Park, which will feature baseball, softball, soccer and football fields. A BTF grant will be used to provide Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment on three youth baseball /softball fields. The project will support participation growth by providing a centralized complex.
The City of Troy, Alabama operates the Troy Sportsplex, providing recreational baseball and softball to the community including eight youth baseball and softball fields, three adult softball fields, a Miracle League field, a playground and a recreation center. The existing coin-operated batting cages at the facility have not been operable due to needed repairs. A BTF grant will provide funding for the renovation of the batting cages, allowing the city to offer free use to local players and leagues which serve approximately 1,000 players.
For over 50 years, the Forest City Baseball and Softball Association has provided baseball and softball programs in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The league serves 160 players from two school districts. A BTF grant will be used to renovate a practice baseball field into a regulation, fastpitch softball field, the first in the surrounding communities, to support a growing program.
Formed in 1969, the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC) serves Lexington County, South Carolina by providing recreational programs for all ages including coed T-ball, Dixie League, girls' softball, Special Olympics baseball and travel baseball. The ICRC is creating Chapin Park, a multiuse sports complex which will include six baseball and softball fields. A BTF grant will be used to construct two of the fields. The complex will serve 700 players and support regional tournaments.
St. Thomas More Catholic High School located in Lafayette, Louisiana has an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students. The school currently offers freshman baseball, JV baseball and softball and varsity baseball and softball. A BTF grant will be used to install Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment on the varsity softball field to support the creation of a middle school league and allow the high school to provide additional camps and clinics for community programs including the Special Olympics and Dreams Foundation of Acadiana.
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