The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) and the New York Mets Foundation will donate up to $1 million through a relief grant program for youth baseball and softball organizations that were directly affected by Superstorm Sandy. The grant program, which will be administered by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, is intended to provide support to organizations to maintain or re-establish youth baseball and softball programs and/or facilities affected by the storm. Grant applications are currently being accepted through May 31.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded The Salvation Army a grant in the amount of $64,574 for the construction of two youth baseball and softball fields at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center currently under construction in Camden, New Jersey. The fields will serve an estimated 1,000 players from communities in Camden.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded two grants totaling $83,000 to two Bayonne, New Jersey youth baseball and softball organizations for equipment expenses and the repair of damaged fields caused by Superstorm Sandy. To further aid the rebuilding process, the MLB Groundskeepers also contributed $8,000 to the Bayonne Little League.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded more than $450,000 in grants in the fourth quarter of 2012 to nine community organizations, including the Hurricane Sandy-Stricken Bayonne Little League in New Jersey and the Ligue de Baseball Softball de Haute Normandie in Rouen, France. The grants will impact more than 2000 youth players and will support their baseball and softball programs through the funding of equipment and uniform purchases as well as field renovation projects.
The Downey Baseball Boosters will hold a field dedication ceremony at 3:00 p.m. PST on Friday, February 22 to celebrate Baseball Tomorrow Fund provided a grant in the amount of $33,423 to help finance the renovations.
The Bryan Baseball Association will hold a field dedication ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 10 to celebrate the construction of the David Betts Double Play Diamond in Bryan, Ohio. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund provided a grant in the amount of $75,000 to help finance the construction of the facility.
For the second year, Major League Baseball International (MLBI) will hold an African Elite Camp in Cape Town, South Africa from December 5-14th for 36 of Africa’s top young baseball players. Fifteen coaches from the participating nations – Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda – are also on hand to learn from the experienced MLB staff. Majestic continues their sponsorship of MLBI game development programs with a financial contribution to the African Elite Camp.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded Mayer Elementary School (K-8) a grant in the amount of $88,140 to make renovations to their home baseball field. The grant will provide for the installation of fencing, infield materials, and all-weather artificial turf that will support the community's water conservation program. The renovations to the field will allow youth from Yavapai County to participate in youth baseball and softball programs, and will allow for youth clinics for children ages 6-12, coaches and aspiring umpires to be held at the field.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded a grant in the amount of $45,134 to the Owatonna Huskies Bullpen Club for the installation of Musco Lighting on its youth baseball facility at Jaycee Park. The addition of lighting will provide more field availability by allowing evening practices and game times for approximately 500 players in Owatonna, Minnesota.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded a grant in the amount of $27,500 to the Louisa Little League to install Musco Lighting equipment on its junior league field to help the league recover from the aftermath of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Louisa County, Virginia on August 23, 2011.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded a grant in the amount of $95,686 to the Tobyhanna (PA) Little League for the installation of Musco Sports Lighting on fields at its home facility, Coolbaugh Township Municipal Park.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded a grant in the amount of $45,000 to Power Cross, an organization dedicated to mentoring young men through athletics, to fund renovations to their home baseball facility, Abernathy Baseball Field.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded Hendersonville High School, located in Hendersonville, Tennessee, a grant in the amount of $47,366 to help fund the renovation of the school's home baseball field located at Drakes Creek Park.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded the Woodford Parks Foundation (WPF) a grant in the amount of $69,868 to provide funding for the installation of Musco Sports lighting equipment on a newly constructed softball field in Versailles, Kentucky.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded Family Christian Academy, a small private school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a grant in the amount of $70,305 to provide funding for the renovation of a softball field and construction of a baseball field on the school's campus.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) awarded the City of Ferris, Texas a grant in the amount of $100,000 to provide funding for the renovation of two youth baseball fields located at Mutz Park.
Major League Baseball Groundskeepers and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) will help unveil the newly renovated Orange High School baseball field in Orange, CA, on Tuesday, January 10.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund awarded a Tennessee high school nearly $50,000 to renovate its baseball field, which was ravaged by a May 2010 flood.